Wellness

Ingle & MSH join task force to halt human trafficking

We are proud to team up with the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) to bring awareness and work towards halting the spread of human trafficking around the globe. Our industry has a unique opportunity to educate our partners and clients on activities that can make a real difference. For immediate release… To mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (July 30th), the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today calls on governments across the globe to adopt more stringent measures in the fight against human trafficking, and specifically to support Travel & Tourism initiatives that aim to curb this illicit activity. Human trafficking generates an estimated $150 billion in illegal profits annually. In comparative terms, that’s the equivalent of the entire tourism economy of Brazil ($152.5bn). Trafficking relies on the travel industry to operate – not only across borders, but also within – using legitimate operations to illegally move…

As Drinking Laws Relax, You Need to Stay Alert when Travelling

To many foreign visitors, Ontario’s drinking laws have long been a source of bemusement, and some frustration. I have often heard from friends and colleagues that, as much as they enjoyed what Canada has to offer, they were somewhat confused—or even embarrassed—when a waiter or hotel worker told them it was too early in the day for a Bloody Mary with their brunch. Or that if they wanted a beer or wine, they could only be served in some dark and enclosed location, not here on a sunlit patio. But with the impending relaxation of alcohol consumption laws, just announced, visitors to Ontario should find it somewhat friendlier and less intimidating to order their favourite beverage in a pleasant outdoor location, open to the sky. Times have certainly changed, and there will still be many people who decry the easing availability of alcohol in daily life. But for travellers leaving…

無論您是在國外工作還是留學,都要在春節期間保持傳統過新年!- Whether You Are Working Or Studying Abroad, Keep The Tradition Alive During Chinese New Year!

新年快樂 – Happy Chinese New Year! Or in Hong Kong and other Cantonese regions, 恭喜發財 – it means congratulations on the fortune. A Little History Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, has taken prominence and is celebrated all over the world. This New Year celebration is actually the longest Chinese holiday of the year (lasting 15-16 days) and is celebrated on a different day every year. Why? Because it follows the lunar calendar – the movement of the moon. This tradition has been around for almost 4000 years since the Han Dynasty in 202 BC-220 AD.  The Emperor commanded the use of the lunar calendar and it has been put into practice ever since. 2019, Year of the Pig Every year is represented by a different Chinese zodiac sign. 2019 is the year of the pig – a year of fortune and luck! A pig represents wealth, honesty,…

Let’s Talk About It: Chinese International Students and Their Mental Health

The Enticing Opportunities Abroad As the global village becomes more and more tight-knit, students are eager to study abroad for opportunities at foreign institutions and programs of study that are renowned for academic excellence. We found that a very large amount of Chinese students, from primary to post secondary, are choosing to enter the western educational system for better opportunities. In the past few years, there have been over 350,000 Chinese students studying annually in North America. Chinese students are the single largest international student population on most American campuses. But have we ever wondered why the population of Chinese students studying abroad is growing larger every year and if this transition is difficult for them? Or what it’s like for these students to leave their home country and immerse themselves into a new culture, language, and environment—alone? We have found that Chinese parents choose to send their children abroad…

How to Travel Gluten-Free

Travelling can present its challenges, but toss in a food allergy or dietary restriction and it can be downright daunting.  However, my own gluten intolerance hasn’t prevented me from travelling—in fact, it has been a key component in fuelling my desire to travel. I wanted to defy the misconception that I would be limited as a gluten-intolerant traveller, and since my diagnosis three years ago I have travelled to more exotic and foreign places than I ever had before. I didn’t know that the travel bug would bite me so hard, but it did, and I am always looking ahead to my next adventure (and next international cuisine to take on, gluten-free style). Thankfully I am now well-versed and always equipped with the essentials (and more) to successfully travel gluten-free. Here are my tips for travelling gluten-free (or GF). Try them out, share with a friend, or modify to make…

How to Make Delicious, Nutritious Meals at Home

When you’re studying abroad, you’ll no doubt be caught up in experiencing the best of what your new country has to offer. Spending time with new friends, exploring new neighbourhood, sampling the local cuisine—all these roads seem to inevitably lead to… eating out. But relying on restaurant food for your day-to-day meals can be a major drain on your wallet. Not to mention that it’s definitely not the healthiest way to live. Most people know that a meal prepared at home tends to be the healthier choice. The basic guidelines for healthy eating include consuming lean meats, low-fat foods, and lots of veggies—and it’s much easier to stick to these guidelines when you do your own cooking. But for some, the taste and convenience of already prepared meals is far too appealing. Want to avoid takeout temptation? Keep reading! This article will share with you the many ways to make…

Don’t Let Homesickness Send You Home Early

You’ve taken the leap and have moved overseas. You knew life would be different, but still, little things every day surprise you: The deep blue of the ocean that greets you on your drive to work. Those wonderful whiffs of your neighbour’s home-cooked meals. The chatter of shoppers speaking a language you don’t understand. And, a not-so-pleasant surprise—that first bout of homesickness…

Making Healthy Choices at the Grocery Store

When you’re a busy student without much leisure time, grocery shopping can often feel like a chore. Between settling into your new living situation, attending your classes, making new friends, and doing your schoolwork, it often feels like there’s not enough time in the day—and that can make it seem like the pros of a quick and easy microwave dinner or a fast food meal outweigh the cons of their low nutritional value. However, putting in the extra effort at the grocery store can help you make healthier choices and will actually save you time during the rest of the week. Below are some tips to help you be more health-conscious and time-efficient during your next trip to the grocery store! Plan ahead for the week Many people brainstorm a menu for the week, but few actually write it down. Try to plan carefully what you will eat for…

Get Packing! Lunches Made Easy

A new school year is just around the corner… What better time than to get back into a routine, like preparing a healthy lunch? And we’re not just talking about the kids! Bringing your own lunch and snacks to work can help save you money and means you have control over the quality and quantity of the foods you eat…

Staying Healthy While on the Road

This presentation is provided by Novus Health. Novus Health empowers travellers, international students, and Canadians by helping them find reliable health information and make informed health decisions. View the rest of the articles on Ingle International for more travel guides and tips.

Your Guide to Eating Right in Canada

New to Canada? Depending on where you’ve come from, you may find yourself surrounded by unfamiliar types of food. But even if Canadian cuisine is similar to what you eat at home, living on your own in a new place can mean radical shifts in your diet—especially when you’re a busy student who might not have time to cook elaborate meals, or who might end up relying on takeout meals more often than not. As you adjust your diet to your new surroundings, it’s important to keep balanced nutrition in mind. That’s where Canada’s Food Guide comes in: a simple nutrition tool developed by the Canadian government. While the Food Guide has undergone many revisions and adjustments over the years, the basic principle remains the same: to help people of all ages make the right food and nutrition choices for a healthy lifestyle. How do I know if Canada’s…

Laugh Your Way through Miscommunication

Being in a place where you don’t speak the language well (or at all!) can be frustrating. Even if you are able to get by, the feeling of having less vocabulary than you’re used to—of having complicated thoughts in your head, but no real way to express them—can make you feel like a kid again. And following conversations around you can get exhausting. Still, the only way to get comfortable with a language is practice, practice, practice! And trying out your new language skills will inevitably lead to mistakes. But, hey—translation problems often lead to funny stories that you can laugh about later. Once the embarrassment washes off, of course… It happens to all of us. Seeing that my own family immigrated to Canada in the 1980s—and most of my relatives still reside overseas and speak little English—I have quite a few lost-in-translation stories of my own. Here are some…

Quench Your Thirst This Summer

As Canadians, we can’t help but love a bit of fun in the sun! But when you are soaking up those rays, do you remember to stay hydrated? Think of your body like your favorite plant: When left too long without water—particularly in direct sunlight—it will start to get dry and wilt…

Put Your Jet Lag to Sleep—Once and For All?

Ah, jet lag. The one part of travel that travel lovers are not enamoured with. And while health experts have shared a multitude of tips with us over the years—from staying hydrated to foregoing that glass of wine  to indulging in a long shower after a very long flight—none of these little tricks ever seem to do the… trick. Lucky for us, scientists and tech geeks alike are busy working on a miracle cure. → There’s an app for that. If you want to treat your jet lag—without treatment—you might want to opt for this cool app that helps your body adjust to new time zones. → Sleep in a bottle. Need something a little stronger? A pill that resets your body clock might be just the thing to help you adapt. (Check out this cool video about the Entrain app) The catch? These two ‘cures’ are still in the works! We’ll be eagerly (and…

Eating Locally, Living Well

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to think of all the fresh fruits and vegetables available in our own backyards. You may have noticed that it’s becoming more and more common to seek out locally produced foods. Are you ready to join the club? Read on to find out why it’s such a beneficial choice!

Spring Forward, but Catch Up on Your ZZZs

Up here in the Northern hemisphere, warmer weather is arriving soon… we hope! In Canada, the clocks will “spring forward” one hour on March 9th, and many of us will spend the next day feeling that one-hour loss. And then we’ll have the next week or so to get adjusted again…

Be My Valentine, Canada

Dreaming up your next travel destination? It might be time to rediscover good ol’ Canada. Whether you’re flying from Vancouver to St. John’s or from New York to Montreal, we say to you: “Get on that plane!”

Living Away From Home? How to Balance Homework with Fun

As an international student, you’d likely agree that there are plenty of things on your mind other than your schoolwork. Taking in a new culture, getting to know your classmates, and trying to fit in can take up so much of your time that it may start to feel like you have to pick between being a good student and having a social life! But don’t panic yet! We’ve assembled some resources to help you balance school and fun—and minimize stress while you’re at it. Here are a few tips to remember: 1. Try to adopt good study habits early on. If you do, you can save yourself from wasting time being disorganized—this will actually gain you more time to enjoy your life outside of class. Check out our list of useful study habits to help you breeze through the semester. 2. Take care of your health—both physically and mentally.…

Substance Abuse and International Students

Adolescence is a high-risk age group for alcohol and drug abuse. Internationally, rates vary depending on drug and alcohol accessibility, social norms, and religious customs. For example, rates of adolescent alcohol use are highest in the Americas and European regions, whereas they are low in Middle Eastern countries where alcohol is prohibited and not easy to locate. Even within a region, drug use can vary considerably. In Africa, prevalence of lifetime drug use in 13- to 15-year-olds varies from under 5% to over 30% (requires Adobe Reader), depending on the country. Therefore, it is difficult for teachers of international students to determine how much exposure they have had to drugs or alcohol. The rate of drug use in the past year in Canadian youth (ages 15–24), however, is about 5–23% depending on the drug, with cannabis and prescription drugs being the most frequently used. So students coming to Canada to study…

Study Habits to Help You Conquer the Mid-Semester Crunch

When mid-terms are just around the corner, it’s difficult to think of anything else. Essays, tests, group projects—when will it end? Until your time is yours again, here are some tips to stay on top of things so that you don’t feel like you are getting buried under a mountain of papers and deadlines. Know what you have to do It is hard to manage your time and know what to study if you aren’t clear on what you have to do. Understanding your course requirements is more than being aware of the deadline dates for your exams and assignments. The first place to look for more information is your course syllabus. Often neglected by students, your course syllabus offers a wealth of information. It should include key learning objectives for the course and a description of the course content. Giving it a review will help you understand what…

Defining and Dealing with Sexual Harassment in Canada

How do you know if you’ve been sexually harassed? If you are the target of sexual comments or behaviours that are known (or should be known) to be unwelcome, you may be experiencing sexual harassment. These occurrences aren’t always solely sexual in nature; for instance, they can involve a person treating you in an upsetting way because of how you look. Specific examples of sexual harassment (requires Adobe Reader) include the following: Insults about your sexuality Rumours about your sexuality Unnecessary or unwanted touching Suggestive or direct comments about sexual ability Requests for sex in exchange for doing you a favour or giving you a good grade or promotion Comments about your level of attractiveness If you find yourself in a situation like this at home, at school, or at work, here are some things to keep in mind: It’s not your fault. Everyone is accountable for their own actions.…

Your Guide to Becoming a (Mentally) Healthy Student

Finally, you made it! You’ve left the comforts of home to pursue your post-secondary education. For the first time in your life, you are your own boss, in charge of your own future. But this sudden leap into adulthood brings with it more responsibility, an increased workload, and competing demands on your time, money, and energy levels. All of these new expectations can be overwhelming, and may trigger mental health issues that could include burnout, anxiety, or even depression. Want to stay mentally healthy while at college or university? The tips below should help! Know your limits and start simple While you might be tempted to do it all—five classes, a part-time job, clubs, and sports—the simple answer is: Don’t. Packing your schedule so tight that there is no room to breathe will only cause you further stress. The result will be reduced memory, decreased attention, and lots of anxiety.…

Acts of Kindness, Love, and Caring

So here we are. It’s December already, and 2013 is drawing to a close. Whether we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, winter solstice, or Milad-un-Nabi, many of us will be looking forward to some holiday time with family or friends. And then there’s the shopping, the parties, and the abundance of food…

Mental Health and International Students: What Educators Need to Know

Mental health issues are prevalent globally, and are one of the leading causes of disability at the workplace and even at school. While not adequately researched, it is well accepted by health care professionals that early intervention could be the key to reducing the burden of psychiatric disorders across an individual’s lifespan. However, there are considerable limitations to implementing early strategies for care. Limitations can be related to individual or societal beliefs about mental health and treatment seeking, diagnostic uncertainty, or systemic issues that result in a lack of resources. On the individual level, you as educators are in a unique position to have a positive impact on the mental health outcomes of your students. Why? For the very basic reason that a student or parent may not be ready to acknowledge the problem or may not be aware that there is a problem. Below are some key behaviours to…

Home Away From Home: Helping a Student Understand Cultural Norms in Their New Country

New country, new school, new friends, new home… These are just a few of the adjustments an international student will need to make. Throw into the mix a set of brand new customs and it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. Feelings of acceptance and belonging can significantly affect how well and how quickly a student adapts, but it’s important to understand that a student shouldn’t have to abandon their own traditions in order to integrate. As a homestay parent, you are first-hand representatives of your country’s culture. But be aware that any learning is reciprocal, and you stand to learn just as much from international students as they can from you. Travel the world in your own home Just as two words can have two different meanings, so can actions be perceived in completely different ways. So before your student arrives, try to do some research on cultural norms in…