#GreatBigCrunch March 1, 2:30 pm

#GreatBigCrunch March 1, 2:30 pm

When it comes to food and health, there is a ton of debate on what and how to eat … but the one thing almost everyone agrees on is that fresh veggies and fruits rule. There are many reasons why, from healthier people to a healthier planet, and now we have “moodbooster” to add to the list. An Australian study in 2016 found increasing veggies and fruits by 8 servings/day made people happier. How much happier? The same amount as going from not having a job to gainfully employed (HUMONGOUS!).

Let’s celebrate our happiness-inducing veggies and fruits with a #GreatBigCrunch, a Foodshare event now in its 11th year.

All About the #GreatBigCrunch

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 2:30pm EST – but you can crunch anytime.

What: Get together, bring your favourite crunchy produce (like apples, carrots, radishes, celery, but not potato chips) and take a big, synchronized bite to celebrate your crunch!

Share: your crunch photos/videos (sound high!) using #GreatBigCrunch (If you’re at UHN, use #GreatBigCrunch #UHN and we’ll retweet you for days).

Register: with Foodshare so every crunch counts.

Who & Where: Anyone can participate anywhere across Ontario: workplaces, schools, outside or at home … perhaps not in a sterile operating theatre, but pretty much anywhere else is game. Help make noise for food literacy and a national school food program.


From our friends at Foodshare:

Since 2008, over 1 million people have joined us for the Great Big Crunch, an annual moment of anti-silence where everyone gets together and bites into crunchy fresh local produce in unison. The symphony is loud, whether you munch on apples or carrots. From coast to coast to coast, celebrate and enjoy healthy snacking with your class, colleagues or friends. Using vegetables and fruits as stars in recipes and fun activities will make you cherish the local bounty around us all.

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Normally we talk about cycling, walking and TTC, but sometimes we think inside the car, especially an electric car. Before we go any further, can you answer 3 questions about electric vehicles?

Done the survey? Thanks! For more on EV’s, see Chad’s test drive and write-up.







Platinum Win! just in time for Carpool Week

BikeRacksElizTGH-JustinJoannaMeganWhen it comes to awards, what’s better than gold? Platinum! Happy to announce that for the first time ever, UHN won the Smart Commute PLATINUM Workplace designation, the highest mark in Metrolinx’s program.

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What you said … Best of Intentions 2018

With the first month of 2018 more than 2/3rds done (I know, right!), we’re checking in on those New Years Resolutions while they’re still semi-fresh. We asked a few weeks ago what your best of intentions were, and are pleased to see your answers. From lowest to highest, let’s see what you plan to do…

18. Tied: “I will fix my basement and make it less drafty”, and “Use transit instead of car to get to work”.

Thankfully, between Save ON Energy rebates and Energy Star appliances, there’s lots of energy savings beyond the lightswitch.

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Best of Intentions for 2018

image credit: furryncute.com

Just as it’s impossible to end a year without a “Best-Of” list, it would feel equally strange to begin a new year without at least a small self-improvement proclamation (aka Resolution). And if ever there were a need for a fresh start, 2018 is it :). Luckily, that is what New Year’s is all about. We’ve gathered 18 ideas (cuz 2018), some green and some generic, and would love to know what you plan to do. Pick as many as you’d like, then click the yellow “vote” button at the end to see results …

Next week, we’ll see what you plan to do. Whatever it is, we’re with you on this!

Top of the Pops for 2017

Top of the Pops for 2017

Before we can look forward to the new year, it’s a right of passage to take a good, solid look back. Through the power of clicks, you sent these stories to the top. And since we don’t boost our posts, it’s all 100% organic information. Rather than going just by the numbers, let’s look at what’s fresh in each season…

Winter Tales:


Ashwati channels her inner paranoid parrot for pollution prevention, 1 chemical at a time.

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Get Lit for the Holidays

Normally we encourage everyone to turn off the lights, but as it’s the holidays, we’re all for a little sparkle and shine … especially considering the cornucopia of LED lights and timers. With the winter solstice hitting at precisely 11:28 AM on Thursday December 21, even more reason to inject some light into these darkest days of the year.


Funfact: LED lights use 80% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lights. Continue reading