Preventing Warm Weather Tummy Troubles

Eating outdoors in the warmer months is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Barring ant and wasp attacks, who can resist a picnic or homestyle barbie with loved ones? Unfortunately, as soon as outdoor eating starts up in earnest, hospital waiting rooms and emergency clinics begin to see higher numbers of adults and children suffering from food poisoning and other stomach maladies due to improper food hygiene. It’s just too easy to forget all the rules of safe eating when the sunshine beckons.

Prepare foods safely

The risk of foodborne illness increases when the weather turns warmer because the bacteria that cause digestive upsets, including Salmonella and E. coli multiply rapidly in warm, humid conditions. Although food poisoning is usually mild, and most people recover within a few days, sometimes it can be more severe—even deadly. Children, seniors, and those with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to food poisoning, so it is important to take the risk of food contamination seriously. Even if your destination is a couple of hours away, there is no reason why your food should spoil—provided it is properly prepared and transported.

Always wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food and after preparation as well, if you have been handling raw meats, poultry or fish. Remember that effective handwashing
takes at least 20 seconds and requires soap. It is not essential for the water to be warm or hot, as water that is hot enough to kill bacteria would also scald the skin.

When preparing raw meats, fish or bagged salad greens, never wash them off first. In the case of produce, it will already have been washed in a sanitizing solution at the packaging plant and won’t be made any cleaner by rinsing. Running water over raw meat, poultry and fish increases the risk of contamination as juices from the raw food can splash over your sink and counter.

Raw meat and poultry should never be marinated at room temperature. Instead, marinate it for a few hours or overnight in the fridge to tenderize and/or add flavour. If you plan to use the marinade as a sauce on the cooked food, reserve a portion of it before placing raw meat and poultry in it.

Before grilling or barbecuing meat and poultry, be sure it is fully defrosted so that it cooks evenly. Frozen poultry or meat should always be thawed in the fridge or in cold water, changing the water hourly to prevent bacteria build-up. If the food is to be cooked immediately, it may be safely thawed in the microwave.

If you will be barbecuing, never use the same plates and utensils for handling raw and cooked meats and poultry. The harmful bacteria present in the uncooked food will quickly
contaminate the safely cooked meats and cause food poisoning. This often happens with barbecue tongs, which are generally used for both purposes.

When cooking burgers, be sure that they are cooked right through. Cut them in the centre to make sure the meat does not remain pink. Charring on the outside is no guarantee that the meat inside is cooked properly.

Safe transportation

Although current restrictions due to COVID-19 mean visits to parks and beaches may not be on the agenda, it’s wise to be aware that the golden rule when transporting foods is to keep hot items hot and cold items cold. Cold foods that are allowed to warm or hot foods that are allowed to cool become breeding grounds for the bacteria that cause food poisoning.

When planning cold dishes like salads or cheese plates, remember to prepare them well in advance to enable them to be thoroughly chilled. Pack with ice, ice packs or frozen juice containers. Foods that need to be kept cold include: salads, dips, milk, cream, yogurt, creamy desserts and cakes, sandwiches, ham and other cooked meats. It is a myth that mayonnaise goes off faster than other foods that need to be kept cool.

Don’t leave food out of the fridge for more than a couple of hours, and don’t leave food in the sun. When planning a hot meal, heat it to as high as possible, then either wrap in heavy aluminum foil before placing it in an insulated container or, if it is a liquid dish, place in an insulated container, then wrap it in foil. Hot foods need to be maintained at 60°C (140°F) or hotter to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Take-out foods or foods cooked just before being transported to the picnic can be carried hot and should be eaten within an hour.

To keep soups and beverages hot or cold, use an insulated flask or jar. A variety of these are available at London Drugs. (Remember that these containers will only help maintain food temperature.)

Coolers should be transported in the passenger area of a vehicle, not the trunk, which can become very hot. If you are picnicking or barbecuing away from home, always place the cooler in a shaded area, such as under a picnic table or tree. Be sure to replace the top after every use and avoid repeated openings, which will let in warm air. (Whenever possible, pack beverages and perishables in separate coolers.)

Read other articles in our Spring-Summer 2020 volume of our Bettercare magazine here.

Sun Safety for the Outdoors


Gardeners, golfers, and other participants in outdoor sports often become the victims of too much sun and too little protection.

Applying sunscreen and reapplying it at regular intervals, is reasonably easy to remember when outdoors. Always apply 20 minutes or so before exposure, reapplying at two-hour intervals, and again after getting wet.

Reapplying sunscreen during being active outdoors is often overlooked. The fact that we sweat heavily during exercising, which dilutes the sun protection we have applied, spells double trouble.

Pointers for staying sun safe outdoors

  • Golfers: Choose a high SPF sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) and reapply after nine holes. Seek out shade whenever possible. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and make sure to protect your neck.
  • Runners, and cyclists: Choose sweat-resistant or water-resistant sunscreen and remember to reapply after heavy perspiration.
  • Gardeners: Ensure you garden before 11 am or after 3 pm to avoid sun exposure at its strongest. Wearing long pants and sleeves in dark colors and tightly woven fabrics can also protect from the sun’s rays. You can even consider sun-protection clothing to further block UV exposure.

Most people do not apply enough sunscreen to reach the level of SPF indicated on the packaging. For adequate protection, you should apply two to three tablespoons of sunscreen over your body (approximately one and a half shot glasses) and a teaspoon on your face before going outside.

Whichever sunscreen you choose, be sure that it provides protection against both UVB and UVA rays. (Most sunscreens that offer this protection will say broad spectrum on the packaging.) UVA light penetrates more deeply into the skin, contributing to the risk of skin cancers.

The high-pressure sunlamps used in tanning salons emit doses of UVA as much as 12 times that received from the sun. As a result, people who use tanning salons are significantly more likely to develop skin cancer. Research also suggests that first exposure to tanning beds during the teens or 20s increases lifetime melanoma risk by 75 per cent.

Staying Safe in the Sun

  • Be sure to check the Environment Canada UV Index, which is published in most daily newspapers alongside the weather forecast. On days when the UV Index reaches 3 or more (moderate), you need to be extra careful to protect your skin.
  • Avoid sun exposure between 11 am and 3 pm.
  • Seek shade whenever possible.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed sunhat and sunglasses.
  • Reapply your sunscreen frequently (at least every two hours and always after swimming or taking a dip).
  • Avoid tanning and tanning beds.
  • Examine your skin from head to toe monthly. Look for moles that have an irregular border, or are non-symmetrical; that are more than one shade or colour, or are greater than 6 mm in diameter. Also be aware of moles that change in size, shape or colour. Report any such changes to your doctor.

Read other articles in our Spring-Summer 2020 volume of our Bettercare magazine here.

10 Ways to Enhance your Outdoor Living

With people spending most of their spring and summer closer to home this year, there is no better time to create an outdoor oasis for you to spend your lazy afternoons in. Make it comforting and inviting with furnishings, outdoor décor and even backyard lighting for those cozy evenings.

BBQ & Outdoor Cooking Essentials

No one can argue that enjoying outdoor BBQs is one of the highlights of warmer weather. The Kenmore Pedestal Grill features 522 sq. in. of cooking space and the generous side shelves fold down for compact storage. This 3-burner patio grill features an electronic ignition for easy lighting, porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grids and a durable porcelain-enameled lid with a stainless steel handle.

Coleman RoadTrip 285 Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill features sturdy quick-fold legs and 2 wheels for hassle-free setup, take down, and transport. Plus it features an Insta-start ignition button for matchless lighting! (Just make sure to play it safe and picnic or barbecue at home to maintain social distance, until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.) Find these and other BBQ and Outdoor Cooking Essentials here. 

Patio Heaters

Warm up on those chillier nights with Bond Steel Gas Firetable or Portable Gas Fire Bowl. The bowl comes with pumice stones, locking lid with carry handle, 10ft propane gas hose with regulator and tank seat. Both are great for marshmallow roasting or adding a relaxing ambiance to your outdoor space. Find these and other outdoor heaters here.

Outdoor Patio Furniture

Make the most of outdoor spaces with a fresh patio set. This Collection Cosetta Patio Set is made of light weight Acacia wood construction and soft comfortable cushions. It’s small enough to fit most patios, while still providing enough room to seat 4 adults. The coffee table offers a sturdy construction with a decorative slat design top and stabilizing cross bar at the bottom. The set includes 2 arm chairs, 1 bench all with cushions and 1 coffee table.

The simple classic design of the Collection Bistro Set features two folding chairs and a Bistro table that also folds. The silver metal construction with black mesh chairs will suit any patio décor.

Create some shade so you can cool off on the hotter days with this 10ft. Bond Offset Umbrella Set. It includes 4-piece base and is available in blue, red or taupe.Customize your outdoor space with these and other patio furniture and accessories here.

Entertaining Décor & Accessories

Express your personal style with our wide selection of tableware and accessories. You’ll be surprised at how many choices there are to fit your patio theme. Plus, with much of our tableware made from durable materials, you’ll have no problem bringing it outdoors. Browse our full selection here.

Garden Tools & Planters


Work on your green thumb with our selection of outdoor planters and gardening tools. Planters and pots are perfect for adding a pop of colour without digging up the backyard. With our large selection of different styles and sizes, we’re sure you’ll find something that fits your outdoor space, regardless of its size. Plus, you can cart along all your gardening tools in this handy folding wagon from our Collection line. Browse our full selection of garden tools and planters here.

Outdoor Accessories


If you want to add a bit of functional style to your outdoor space, check out this Craft Van Cooler from our Collection line. Not only does it add character to your patio, you can also keep all your beverages cold. You can even use it to store other items when you’re not using it as a cooler, to maximize smaller patio spaces. Browse this and other outdoor accessories here.

Sun Care

Regardless of how much time you spend outdoors, make sure you’re well protected from the sun. From lotions and sprays to mineral options, you can find a sunscreen that’s right for you here.

Summer Clothing & Shoes

Whether you’re playing with your kids, doing some gardening or just soaking up a little sun, make sure you’re adequately dressed for the outdoors. We’ve got a selection of sandals, hats and comfortable clothing to help make spending time in your backyard more enjoyable. Explore our full clothing and shoe selection here.

Portable Bluetooth Speakers


Music adds a whole new element to your time outdoors, so why not use a bluetooth speaker to play your favourite tunes outside? The portability makes it convenient to take it anywhere in your patio space. Browse our full selection of bluetooth speakers here.

Outdoor Toys & Fun

If you’re looking to have some fun outside your yard, the Pelican Fazer 100 Kayak is the perfect choice. Built on a twin-arched, multi-chine hull, this sit-in kayak offers great stability and good tracking. It features an adjustable ERGOFORM padded backrest with seat cushion for comfort, a storage hatch with bungee cord to store your gear, a cockpit table, bottle holder, drain plug and carrying handles. Made of RAM-X impact-resistant material, it is built to last. So bring your Fazer 100 with you on your next adventure at the lake and create memorable stories worth sharing with everyone.  Find these and other outdoor toys and fun here.

5 ways to Have a Fantastic Mother’s Day at Home

Mother’s Day will feel a little different than normal this year, but it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your mom! In lieu of going out, we’ve come up with 5 ideas you can do indoors to still help your mom feel special.

Home Spa

Forget trips to the spa or the cancelled mani-pedi appointments – bring the spa to you at home. Set the mood with a diffuser and your mom’s favourite essential oil or use a bluetooth speaker to play soft spa music.

Breakfast in Bed

Let mom sleep in, then bring her breakfast in bed to help her feel extra special. Blend up a smoothie, whip up an omelette, or prepare fresh waffles with a cup of coffee. Go that extra step and make sure to clean up afterwards!

Movie Night

Throw on some pajamas, get comfy, and throw the ultimate movie night at home for mom. Browse our selection of DVDs and Blu-ray to pick out some of her favourites. Don’t forget to grab some snacks and beverages for mid-movie munchies!

High Tea

Celebrate mom and help her feel like a queen with an afternoon of High Tea at home. With our tea selection, we’re sure you’ll find her favourite flavour. Plus our range of European snacks and crackers are sure to make this tea time feel extra authentic.

Games Day

Have a little fun by organizing a games day for mom. Pick up her favourite board games and let the competition begin, or even tackle a 1,000 piece puzzle with her. Not only is it a great way to spend indoors, but we’re sure she’ll appreciate the quality time.

5 Twists on Classic Recipes for Home Baking

With all the extra time at home, many are rediscovering their love of cooking, baking or just experimenting in the kitchen. It’s a great way to use ingredients you already have in your pantry, and keep the kids busy if you get them involved. There have also been some interesting creations trending on social media, such as Dalgona Coffee. If you’re feeling that urge to bake or want to get creative in the kitchen, gather up your baking tools and essentials and try out some of the recipes below!

Banana Bread with a Twist

There’s more than one way to make banana bread. If you feel like switching up that classic recipe or want to use up what you already have in your pantry, check out this collection from Kraft Canada.

(Find these recipes at kraftcanada.com)

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Don’t have any butter? No problem! This recipe substitutes it for coconut oil to make these ooey, gooey, mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies.

(Find this recipe at chefsavvy.com)

Dalgona Coffee

You’ve probably seen this pretty, fluffy, whipped coffee all over your Instagram feed! While it may look extra-fancy, it’s actually super easy to make. All you need is a whisk, instant coffee and milk of your choice.

(Find this recipe at delish.com)

Black Bean Brownies

If you don’t have flour, you’ll be surprised to find that you can make these decadent, rich and chocolatey brownies using black beans! These taste amazing and are a bit better for you than traditional brownies.

(Find this recipe at chocolatecoveredkatie.com)

Peanut Butter Cookie in a Mug

Craving a sweet treat but don’t want to make an entire batch? Try this quick and easy peanut butter cookie in a mug recipe. It’s quick, easy and will satisfy your sweet tooth without the temptation of over-indulging.

(Find this recipe at allrecipes.com)

Baking can be an excellent at-home activity, especially if you’re craving something a little sweet. Don’t forget, you can find all your bakeware and baking tool essentials at LondonDrugs.com  Good luck with your kitchen creations and happy baking!

 

Dyson Home Cleaning Service Contest

Nothing beats the feeling of a clean and organized home. You could WIN a professional home cleaning service, courtesy of Dyson! Enter on Facebook and Instagram.
See below for full contest details. You can also shop our Floor Care Savings Event (March 6 – 25, 2020) here.

Dyson Home Cleaning Service Contest – Official Rules

1) To enter:
On Facebook and Instagram:
– Follow London Drugs
– Share your best cleaning hack in the comments!

March 7 – 25, 2020 11:59pm PST

2) No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per social network per contest. Limit one (1) prize may be won per household. Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on March 25, 2020. London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.

3) Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since March 25, 2019; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as at March 7, 2020 iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.

4) The winners will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must have correctly answered the skill-testing mathematical question on the entry for on the online entry form and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.

5) London Drugs is not responsible for any failure of any website during this contest, nor is it responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software or any e-mail, online or internet entry lost due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion. The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

6) There will be 1 (one) prize(s) awarded to 1 (one) winner: each receiving a Professional Home Cleaning Package valued at approx. $1,000*. Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. London Drugs reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any prize become unavailable for any reason. Prize will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to the winner. *Professional home cleaning service will be determined based on location of winner and service company that operates in that location. The prize will be provided in the form of gift certificate, gift card or similar mechanism valued at $1,000.

7) Selected entrants will be contacted by email, or social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winner does not respond then she/he will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winner still does not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.

8) The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Only one winner will be chosen from Facebook and Instagram combined. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.

9) London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).

10) This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media platform which may be used to communicate this Contest. All such entities are completely released of all liability by each entrant in this Contest. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest should be directed only to London Drugs.

11) This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at www.londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.

12) The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

STATEMENT OF DECLARATION AND RELEASE

All selected entrants will be required to sign the Statement of Declaration and Release attached before they can be declared a winner and receive a contest prize.

 

Lansinoh Giveaway

 

Lansinoh Giveaway – Official Rules

1) To enter on facebook and Instagram:
Share your best tip that makes mom life easier in the comments below.
Jan 31 – Feb 12, 2020, 11:59pm PST

2) No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per social network per contest. Limit one (1) prize may be won per household. Entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Feb 12, 2020, 11:59pm PST. London Drugs is not responsible for entries that become lost or misdirected.

3) Contest is open to all residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba who, as of the date the prize draw is made: (i) have not won a London Drugs contest since Feb 12, 2019, 11:59pm PST; (ii) have reached the age of majority in the province in which they reside as at Jan 31, 2020 (iii) are not employees of London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization (if any), or any family member living with any such employee.

4) The winners will be randomly chosen on the day the contest ends (see dates below) in Vancouver, British Columbia, from all eligible entries received per contest. To win, selected entrants must have correctly answered the skill-testing mathematical question on the entry for on the online entry form and must sign London Drug’s declaration and release confirming compliance with the contest rules and acceptance of the prize(s) as awarded, releasing London Drugs from liability in association with the contest and prize and consenting to the use of their name, photograph, voice and statements for promotional and publicity purposes.

5) There will be 1 (one) prize(s) awarded to 1 winner that will be chosen from the Facebook and Instagram entries combined, receiving a Lansinoh Prize Pack valued at $382. Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded, are non-transferable and no substitutions are permitted. London Drugs reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should any prize become unavailable for any reason. Prize will be awarded at the closest London Drugs location to the winner.

Contests dates: Jan 31 – Feb 12, 2020, 11:59pm PST
Draw Date: 12:00 PM Pacific Time (Feb 14, 2020)

6) Selected entrants will be contacted by email, or social network they were drawn from. No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants. If the winner does not respond then she/he will be notified for the second time, 3 (three) days after the first notification. If the winner still does not respond within 3 days of the second notification, a new winner will be chosen in the same manner until a winner is successfully contacted.

7) The chances of winning a prize will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Decisions of the judges in respect of all aspects of this contest including, but not limited to, eligibility of entries and correctness of answers given to the skill-testing question, are final.

8) London Drugs, their respective advertising and promotional agencies, the independent judging organization, and their respective agents are not liable to an entrant in any manner relating to the contest or the awarding and use of the prize(s).

9) This contest is subject to all federal, provincial, and municipal laws and regulations. By entering the entrant consents to the collection of all personal information included on their entry and agrees to the use and disclosure of such information by and between London Drugs and their agents. The winner(s) also agrees to the collection, use and disclosure of their name, entry, photographs, voice and statements for London Drugs’ publicity purposes without further compensation. All personal information collected from entrants will be used only for the purposes of administering the contest and for marketing and promotional purposes as contemplated by these rules; under no circumstances will any personal information be sold or rented to third parties. All personal information collected by London Drugs will be kept in accordance with the privacy policy of London Drugs, which can be viewed at www.londondrugs.com, and in accordance with all applicable privacy laws.

10) The right is reserved by London Drugs to terminate this contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the contest, and/or these rules in any way, should any cause beyond the reasonable control of London Drugs or its agents affect the proper administration thereof.

STATEMENT OF DECLARATION AND RELEASE

All selected entrants will be required to sign the Statement of Declaration and Release attached before they can be declared a winner and receive a contest prize.

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