Life in Balance

Through this online art blog/gallery we can encourage, inspire and share hope with one another…We invite who you to share your “NAPS” (News, Art ,Poetry, Songs) or inspirations. Email if you would like to share inspirations. Please note we can not post advice with regards to nutrition and exercise.

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“The Best Thing You Can Make a Child is Resilient”

Aurora Baner:
Aurora families learn about dealing with addictions

Life lessons

Susie Kockerscheidt

Rick Osbourne is one of Canada’s leading gang experts. He was at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School Tuesday.

Tim and Sonya Snelgrove know their children will likely try drugs or alcohol one day.

The Aurora couple understands that acting out and experimentation can be a natural part of adolescence.

For them, the key to good parenting and preventing addiction lies in education and frank discussion with their kids — who are in grades 6 and 9 — regarding substance abuse.

“We’re trying to get up to speed on what pressures and other issues there are that we might not be aware of,” Mr. Snelgrove said, during the Building Resilient Youth forum at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School Tuesday.

“It’s an opportunity to have dialogue.”

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The Paradox of Our Time

The following quote was sent to us by Natalie Leibowitz, a volunteer and contributor of inspirations!

This quote is a good reminder of the importance of taking the time to slow down and live life mindfully, despite our increasingly fast-paced and demanding lives. By actively working to hold on to our sense of community and ability to live in the moment, we can start to reverse this trend and improve our well-being.

“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, yet more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.” – Dr. Bob Moorehead

Dr. Bob Moorehead was the pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington for 29 years. He holds a Ph.D. from the California School of Theology, an undergraduate degree from Phillips University, and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from The Graduate Seminary.

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Bye Bye Birdie is Next Week!

The major fund raising event of the year!

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If you are unable to attend but want to support this important cause; visit, to make a one time donation or select the option to become a member of our “Circle of Friends” with your monthly support of $10, $15, $25 or $50 per month. Your support provides support groups, family workshops, and front line staff for our telephone helpline to respond to hundreds of calls from families and individuals seeking support.

“Your donation makes a difference”

EDOYR Birdie

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Proud2Bme by NEDA

If you are a teen looking to connect with other teens to promote positive body image, check out National Eating Disorders Association’s website!

About Proud2Bme (quoted from the website):

Proud2BMe is an online community created by and for teens. We cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.

This site was developed in partnership with Riverduinen and made possible by generous contributions from JPMorgan Chase, Globant, the University of Delaware, and The Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation.

Proud2Bme was first launched in the Netherlands by Riverduinen, a mental health organization that has licensed the concept to the National Eating Disorders Association. Unless otherwise noted, all original content on this site is copyright The National Eating Disorders Association. The Proud2Bme brand, logos, and trademarks are property of Rivierduinen. – See more at:

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The Globe and Mail: More Young Men May Have Unrecognized Eating Disorders Than Previously Believed

More young men may have unrecognized eating disorders than previously believed

NEW YORK — Reuters
Published Wednesday, Nov. 06 2013, 9:46 AM EST

Eating disorders are most often associated with young women, but a new study suggests young men can also become obsessed with their appearance and go to extremes to enhance their bodies.

The problem can resemble a traditional eating disorder or involve use of drugs and supplements, according to U.S. researchers, and it tends to go along with depression, binge drinking and recreational drugs.

“The results of our studies would suggest we need to be thinking more broadly about eating disorders and consider males as well,” Alison Field, the study’s lead author, said. She is an associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Classical eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, in which a person refuses to eat, and bulimia nervosa, in which someone binge-eats then purges through vomiting or laxative use.

“For a lot of males, what they’re striving for is different than females,” Field said. “They’re probably engaged in something different than purging.”

It has been estimated that one in every 10 cases of an eating disorder occurs in men.

For the new study, Field and her colleagues used survey responses collected between 1999 and 2011 to see what concerns teenage boys had about their bodies.

Field’s team also wanted to know if eating disorders were tied to later unhealthy behaviours, such as drug and alcohol use.

The surveys were answered every one to three years by 5,527 boys who were between ages 12 and 18 at the start of the study in 1999.

The researchers found that 31 per cent of the teens had – at some point – binged on food or purged.

About nine per cent reported a high level of concern with their body’s muscularity and about two per cent were both concerned about muscularity and had used some type of supplement, growth hormone derivative or anabolic steroid to enhance it.

Use of those products rose to about eight per cent when the researchers looked just at 16- to 22-year-olds.

“The results from this study would suggest that males who are extremely concerned about their physiques are doing or using things that may or may not be healthy,” Field said.

“There are a whole range of products available online that we don’t know if they’re healthy or not,” she said. “We know when a lot of them are tested, they’re not what they’re marketed to be.”

Those young men who used enhancement products were also more likely than their peers to binge drink and use drugs, the researchers found.

In her mind, Field said the behaviour of those young men could be the male equivalent of binge-and-purge disorders, because they’re using the products to alter their bodies.

About six per cent of the young men surveyed said that in addition to muscularity, they were also concerned about their thinness.

Overall, though, young men were more likely to be focused on muscularity and that concern increased with age.

Between two per cent and three per cent were concerned only about their thinness. Those young men were more likely to develop symptoms of depression later on.

“We think about a lot of disorders and diseases that look different in males than females,” Field said. “This is another example and we need to remember that.”

“These are not likely to be healthy behaviours,” Dr. Evelyn Attia said. She is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

“The overwhelming number of people – often young men – who are thinking about needing to change their body by using some of these supplements is certainly something the family should know about and we as clinicians should be aware of,” Attia, who was not involved in the new study, said.

She added that those behaviours and the use of those supplements should be tracked for future research. At this point, she said, it’s hard to say whether these behaviours are truly eating disorders.

Field said it would be unrealistic to expect young men and women not to be concerned about their weight or their bodies, but for some it’s all they’re concerned about.

“The images these teens are seeing of models don’t even look like that,” Field said. “They’ve been airbrushed and shaded … so everyone believes they have unbelievable definition in their abs and arms.”

The new research appeared in JAMA Pediatrics. The authors note that the survey’s respondents were mostly white and middle class, which may limit the study’s relevance to other populations.

Field suggested that doctors and parents should be aware of their patients’ or children’s attempts to change their bodies to make sure it’s being done for the right reasons and in a healthy way.

“It’s a good time to have that conversation,” she said.


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“Take a Stand When You Hear of Discrimination or Injustice”

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York Region man to share story of struggle in concentration camp

Remembrance Day


Holocaust survivor Leslie Meisels (right), with his wife of 52 years Eva, will speak tonight about his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp during a presentation at Aurora United Church.

Inside Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, each day was a struggle for life and sustenance.

Thornhill resident Leslie Meisels still vividly remembers the “unparalled cruelty” of being emaciated, humiliated and constantly hungry at the north German camp.

“The only thought was of food,” he said, crediting his survival to luck and strong faith. “I became a person who was destined to be murdered and go up in smoke. I escaped because of miracles.”

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