It seems spring is here.  Alternatively, is this second spring?   Warmer weather, April showers, and longer days, means it is a perfect time to make some changes and give your life a bit of a kick start.  Here are some tips to get the most out of spring and get healthier.

Get active outside:

Spring is a perfect time to get outside and be active.  Maybe it is time to get back into a walking routine.  A few loops around the block or get out on some trails, no matter where you go you will feel better for it.

Sun burns:

When outside be careful about the sun.  Even in mild weather, the sun can still burn our skin.  Cover your legs and arm with long pants and sleeves, and wear sunscreen on exposed skin.

Ticks:

After spending time outside check for ticks on you, your children, and pets. If you find any ticks, remove them immediately and if you are concerned contact your doctor.

Flooding:

Spring brings flooding in some areas.  Make sure your home and yard are prepared for any potential flooding problems.

Indoor air quality:

We usually open the windows as soon as we can in the spring.  Be aware that this could bring in spring allergies into your home.  Get you home ready by changing filters and have your air conditioning systems checked and ready.

Enjoy Spring Crops:

Thanks to greenhouses, many vegetables are available early in Ontario and Quebec.  Local cucumbers and tomato will be available in early spring and fresh rhubarb should be available very soon.  Look out for the farmer’s markets, which will be starting up within the next few weeks.

Gardening:

Now is the time to get your own garden organized for the season.  Although it is too early to plant anything just yet, this is the perfect time to clean things up, make new beds, and get existing beds ready.

Sign up for a local CSA vegetable box:

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Many local farms provide a weekly or bi-weekly subscription service for fresh local fruits, vegetables, and meats often delivered to your door or at a convenient location.  This is a great was to ensure you get a weekly supply of fresh local produce and at a good price.  Now is the time most farms open their subscription registration.  Check out to see what is available in your area and try it.

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