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Want to keep the sniffles and sneezes at bay this winter? There are several strategies you and your kids can put into place to keep from catching nasty cold and flu germs. Read my new article “8 Healthy Habits To Keep Kids From Getting Sick,” posted this month on the Readers Digest website.


On a side note, I’m very pleased that my travel essay, “Falling,” was shortlisted in the creative non-fiction category of Room Magazine’s 2014 Annual Writing Contest. It’s an honour to be recognized. Congratulations to the top prize winners of this distinguished competition!

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Award Season, Part Two

My second award of the year has been announced! I’m thrilled to have won the Canadian Dermatology Association’s Public Education Award, Media Print Category, for 2014. This was given in recognition of my article, “Not Your Mother’s Sunscreen,” which examines exciting new improvements and innovations in the sloppy stuff. The article was published in the Summer 2013 issue of Best Health magazine (but you can find an online version of the story here).

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Award Season

It’s not an Oscar, but I think it’s just as good! I’m honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Professional Writers Association of Canada’s Short Articles Writing Award. My article, “Daddy’s Got the Blues,” appeared in the June 2013 issue of Today’s Parent magazine. Check out the full list of awards here, and find out who else you should be reading right now!

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Thanks, everyone! You (or readers like you) have voted 50 Good Deeds into second place in the 2013 Canadian Blog Awards’ Best Health Blog category. These informal awards, curated by a Toronto business lawyer who presumably reads a lot of blogs between court cases, have been around since 2007. Winners this year are blogging about politics, family, science, sports, travel, pop culture, and more. Click here for a full list of results.

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Have you picked up the May issue of Zoomer magazine yet? In my new regular column, “Why I Live Here,” you can explore the city of Guelph through the eyes of Guinness record-breaking weightlifter Walter Urban. He may be strong, but he has a soft spot for this community, and he’ll tell you why.


I’m also pleased to announce that my 50 Good Deeds blog has been nominated in two categories for a Ninjamatics’ 2012 Canadian Weblog Award. Winners won’t be announced until next January, but it’s always a delight to know people are reading… and enjoying!

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As baby boomers reach their 50s and 60s, they’re looking for more accessible products and services. And more companies are providing them. It’s a welcome change for people with disabilities who’ve long had trouble finding products geared to their needs. Read more in my new story on Reader’s Digest’s website.


And if you happen to pick up the summer issue of Best Health, be sure to turn to pages 32 and 33 for a recap of the magazine’s first-ever Blog Awards. I have the honour of being profiled, along with the other three winners. Take a peek!

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I was very pleased to learn this week that my recent magazine story on incontinence has been put in the spotlight. My article, which appeared in the November/December issue of Best Health magazine, won a 2011 Excellence in Urology Health Reporting Award, presented by the American Urological Association. My article came first in the “Consumer Print Publications” category. Unfortunately I’ll be compelled to miss the awards dinner in Washington, DC, but I’m honoured all the same.

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