May 3rd – May 9th is Mental Health Awareness Week

This Week (May 3 – May 9) is Mental Health Awareness Week – by Rosanna Shillolo for Sustainable Orillia Spring is an ideal time to renew our relationship with nature, both for the benefit of the planet and for our own health and well being. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has marked May 3rd-9th […]

Spring, 2021—a time for renewal!

cherry blossoms in spring

It’s April. As the days warm and daylight lasts longer into the evening, as the snow melts and earth reappears, as tiny shoots push up from the ground into the warmth of the sunshine, spring brings, for most people, a surge in spirits, a restored sense of life itself. After a long, cold winter, once […]

Happiness and Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand…

Family walking in a summer park

“I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health.” (Voltaire) As greetings of Happy New Year fade into recent history – let’s take a moment to explore what ‘happiness’ can mean to all of us and how it relates to realizing a healthier life-style and ultimately a healthier planet. The thesis […]

Winter at Night

Starry sky with trees silhouetted

February is WinterActive month. It’s intended to encourage physical activity through play in the elements. Most outdoor activities typically embrace snow and colder temps during daylight hours, but what if your adventurous spirit didn’t have to end when the sun goes down? Let’s consider some options for getting active outside under the cover of night […]

Go Outside and Play

Mother with her daughter, playing in the snow.

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” – Aristotle The COVID lockdown may have you feeling cooped up, but a cure for cabin fever might be as simple as child’s play. We know fresh air and exercise is good for body and mind at any age, […]

It’s Freezing. Time to Get Outdoors.

young man preparing to walk on snowshoes over winter background

February is Winter Active month here in Orillia. This presents a golden opportunity to improve our physical literacy, which means developing the motivation for, and understanding of, different types of beneficial movement. The shorter days and sub-zero temperatures might make some want to hibernate and avoid winter altogether, but there really are so many perks […]