The 2022 Summer Wellness Guide is here!
It’s here! The 2022 Summer Wellness Guide has arrived, and it’s packed full of our recommendations to help you make the most of your summer. As Saskatchewanians, we know that our summer months are precious. The only weeding you should do this summer is in your garden, rather than weeding through endless social media pages, blogs, or Pinterest posts to find health and wellness information. We created the Saskatchewan Blue Cross Summer Wellness Guide to bring it all together in one convenient place, and serve as your starting point for planning this summer’s most memorable experiences!
Curious what’s in this edition of the guide? Check out our summary of all the articles below, and download the guide here!
Energizing road trip snacks
We partnered up with Courtney Berg of Vitality Nutrition to recommend the perfect snacks to pack for your next road trip. The article is broken down into what you should pack in your cooler, stash in your bag, or grab at a gas station if you’re in a pinch!
Missed Courtney’s articles from earlier this year? Check them out here:
- Dietitian’s top 5 tips for healthy eating
- 10 quick, energizing snack ideas from a Dietitian
- Dietitian’s guide to Omega-3 fats
- Dietitian’s guide to decoding Canada’s food guide
Road trip essentials
Our top tips for what to bring on your summer travels. Check out the guide for drink and snack ideas, first aid supplies, music and podcast recommendations, boredom busters and more!
What to do in Saskatchewan this summer
Ashlyn George of The Lost Girls Guide to Finding the World joins the Summer Wellness guide for her tips on where to spend your time hiking, camping, biking and paddling this summer. She breaks down her recommendations into Easy, Intermediate and Expert level activities in each location across Saskatchewan.
Prevent back pain from slowing you down
We chatted with Corey Young of Prosport Rehab and Fitness for a physiotherapist’s recommendations for stopping your back pain in its tracks. Check out his article to learn what might be causing you pain, how to prevent it through exercise, and a 3-part workout to help you strengthen your back.
Did you read our articles in collaboration with Prosport Rehab and Fitness for Physiotherapist Month? Find them here:
- Ask a Physio! FAQ’s and common misconceptions
- How a physiotherapist can help and what to expect with treatment
- Physiotherapy for postpartum recovery
A spotlight on 211 Saskatchewan
Looking for a service or program in Saskatchewan and aren’t sure where to start? 211 Saskatchewan is here to help you navigate this sometimes-complex task, free and confidentially, ensuring you find exactly what you need. Kristin Nelson, Director of 211 Saskatchewan, United Way Regina, and United Way of Saskatoon and Area gives us an overview of what 211 is, what role it plays in the community, and how it can help you improve your health literacy and wellness.
Beach reads, music and podcasts to check out
One of the best ways to relax and unwind on those long summer days is to dive into a new book! Whether you’re heading to the beach, or just to your backyard, check out our recommendations for books by Canadian authors to keep you entertained this summer.
Looking for a new podcast or music to be the soundtrack to your summer? We’re sharing our favorite Canadian-based shows and artists to add to your queue.
Embracing mindfulness this summer
Karen Zemlack, owner/clinician at Bloom Counselling and Wellness Centre, gives us her best tips for embracing your Saskatchewan summer mindfully by enjoying and embracing the nature our province has to offer.
Grow your own summer harvest
Whether you have a green thumb or not, it’s possible to have a full, fresh herb garden on your window sill! The Wellness Guide shares the six herbs that would make a great addition to your outdoor space, whether it’s a backyard, a patio, or even just a window. We also share tips for using up the herbs you grow with two new recipes!
An inspiring achievement with Indspire
2022 Indspire Scholarship recipient Danika Deitz tells us about her studies as an Indigenous Social Work student, what inspired her to pursue a career in her field, and how she intends to put her education to use in the coming years.
Budget-friendly summer activities
With gas prices and inflation on the increase this year, we’re sharing five of our favorite ideas for an inexpensive day enjoying the summer warmth.