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How to practice mindfulness

Mindfulness can fit in to your every day life in many different ways. Formal practices such as yoga and meditation are great ways to work on mindfulness. These can be sought out by finding a local yoga studio or gym or by using a podcast video or app, which there are plenty to choose from.

There are also may informal ways you can foster mindfulness, by bringing focused and curious attention to things you already do. Here are some examples:

(1) Mindful walking- when you go for a walk or walk from one place to another, pay attention to each step and how the rhythm of walking feels in your body. Look at your surroundings and try to notice things, see the detail in nature. Focus on the walk and all it has to offer your senses.

(2) Mindful eating-choose one meal per day to eat mindfully, so eliminate all distractions. Breakfast is often a good choice for most people. Eat your food slowly, chew slowly and pay attention to the different textures and flavours.

(3) Mindful breathing-take a few moments each day to practice mindful breathing. Focus on each breath and the sensations in your nose and throat, feel how the air fills your lungs and abdomen. Listen closely to the sound of your breathing. Pay attention to the movements in your body as you breath mindfully.

 (4) Unplug-take time away from your phone and the computer and do something you enjoy. Do it in a mindful way, taking time to savour the pleasure and happy feelings.


Tips For Healthy Dating

Consider these tips before you head out.

  • Meet in public places for the first few dates
  • Never meet someone you've met online in a private place
  • Only accept blind date recommendations from someone who knows both you and your date
  • If you have a cell phone, make sure that it is charged
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you will return
  • Double date or ask a friend to join
  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Make arrangements for someone to pick you up
  • Don't be afraid to say NO 


Stand up to sitting

  • With some experts telling us sitting too much is bad for our health, we should be getting concerned.
  • Your body needs to move and lack of physical activity can lead to poor circulation.
  • Working long hours at a desk can lead to poorer mental health.
  • Too much screen time can lead to increased stress and anxiety.

You have it in you to move- so take frequent breaks. When you can, try to walk and stretch. Get up from your sitting position every so often.​


Ways to combat the winter blues

Do you fin that the changing season brings less energy? Are you more moody?

The winter blues can affect anyone. There are some easy ways to fight these feelings:

  • Try to spend more time outside to get some natural sunlight.
  • Eat healthy foods and try to limit sugar intake.
  • Make daily exercise part of your routine.
  • Reduce your screen time and get out and enjoy nature, read a book or listen to music


Clean Spaces make for happy faces

Did you know urban places that include healthy green spaces make for happier, healthier environments. Studies show that not only are people more likely to enjoy communities that are nicely landscaped, they are also more likely to be physically active and feel safe. Some other benefits of healthy green spaces in urban environments include increased community pride, maintaining biodiversity by providing food and habitat for wildlife.