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Experts for the 2017 Holiday Season

The most wonderful time of the year? Dealing with holiday drama

For many the holidays are a celebration with family and friends. But how should we deal with difficult relationships/people over the holiday season? Often people are all gathered under one roof when they may not have lived together for a long time. Add in the expectations of having a great holiday – and it can be quite stressful. Dr. Simon Sherry can speak to how to manage those difficult relationships during the holiday season and provide helpful tips for dealing with family drama.

Walking in a winter wonderland – tips for safe snow removal

It’s beautiful to look at and fun to play in, but snow removal and clean up can wreak havoc on your body if not done properly. We have occupational therapists who can explain how to protect yourself when you remove snow from your driveway, walkway and/ or deck. An occupational therapist can also provide tips on how to clear ice and snow in a manner that will help prevent injury.

A marketing frenzy

The holiday season has consumers feeling festive as well as generous and the retail industry is ready to entice customers with bargains galore. What should consumers know as they’re flooded with retailer offers and sales in an order to resist the marketing frenzy? Dalhousie marketing expert Dan Shaw, can explain more about these marketing strategies and their impact on consumers.


Thawing and preparing your festive turkey safely

There are a number of things to consider in order to safely thaw and prepare your turkey for holiday entertaining. Dalhousie poultry specialist Bruce Rathgeber can speak to some of the key things you should keep in mind to ensure you’re preparing your turkey safely.


Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree!

In Atlantic Canada Christmas trees contribute nearly $52 million to the region’s economy. Dr. Raj Lada and his team, at the national Christmas Tree Research Centre on Dalhousie’s Truro campus, know what makes the perfect Christmas tree. He and his team have developed products and technologies to enhance needle retention. They’ve also produced the “SMART Balsam,” a tree that has ability to retain its needles for up to three months, if properly handled.

Tips for shopping online

Consumers are choosing more and more to shop from the comfort of their homes. But what do you need to know to protect yourself when shopping online? Dr. Srini Sampalli in Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie can explain what you should know to keep yourself and your identity safe while shopping online.

Healthy eating during and after the holiday season

The holiday season is commonly a time for over-indulging in an array of sweet and savoury treats that seem to be everywhere we go. Let’s face it, it can be hard to stick within the confines of our regular, often healthier eating habits during this time of year. Dr. Leah Cahill from Dalhousie’s Department of Medicine, can identify lifestyle factors that affect our health, particularly when it comes to our eating habits. Dr. Cahill can offer tips for healthy eating over the holidays and into the New Year.