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Summer Camping Tips from our Hospital's Health and Wellness Calendar

Vanessa Masters, Prevention and Screening Services - August 10, 2019

Whether you choose to camp in a trailer, tent or cabin, camping is a great way for families to disconnect from a bustling world and spend time together. Camping can improve your physical fitness, stress levels and your circadian rhythm leading to a better sleep.

Five Camping Hacks from the Pros:

  1. Use a Tic Tac container for spices! Go for basics like salt, pepper, garlic, and cinnamon.

  2. Prepare as much food as you can in advance. Mix dry food beforehand or pre-cut veggies so they are ready to eat when you want them.

  3. Bring a first aid kit in a water proof container. Include bandages, antiseptic wipes, and some basic medications, such as antihistamines.

  4. Line your backpack with a heavy duty garbage bag. If it rains and the outside gets soaked, you will still have dry clothes available.

  5. Tired of mosquitos? Burn sage in your campfire! The smell is a great natural insect repellent.

Local Insider Tip: With over 200 lakes, Quetico Provincial Park is one of the best destinations for canoe trips, fishing and swimming! There are also hiking trails, bird watching locations, plus accommodations including electrical trailer camp sites and backcountry tenting to fit any camping preferences.


August Staff Feature:

Shannon McMillan, Registered Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Department

Shannon loves getting out on the water to enjoy the fresh air and physical activity on her paddle board. She enjoys spending time with her family and adds, “a sunset paddle is a great way to end the day.”

Quinoatmeal Banana

Recipe submitted by Sarah Ferrell, Physician Assistant, Oncology

¼ cup quinoa

¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats

2 cups water + more as necessary

1 ripe banana cut into small half inch cubes

¼ tsp + more to taste salt

Pinch of cinnamon

Optional toppings: flax or chia seeds, dried cranberries, blueberries, walnuts, maple syrup or honey.

  1. Rinse the quinoa under running water. Drain well.

  2. Add quinoa, rolled oats, water, and ¼ tsp of salt to a pot. Bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and allow the contents to simmer for about 7-9 minutes while stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the cut bananas to the pot and stir. Close the lid and allow for the contents to simmer for another 3-5 minutes until the quinoa and oats are fully cooked.

  4. Remove from heat and leave covered for 1 minute. Stir and serve hot with a pinch of cinnamon and additional toppings.

*All content from this article can be found in our Hospital’s 2019 Health and Wellness Calendar. To date, the Calendar has featured over 300 staff members from all areas and disciplines of our Hospital, capturing the many ways they choose to stay healthy.

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