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Activate Your Brain with Physical Activity

February 26, 2015 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: student, post-secondary, university, college, stress, mental health, campus, playground

If you’re a post-secondary student or know someone who is, you know that learning something new can be stressful (as much as it can be enlightening!).

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How to Get Relief From Constipation Naturally

February 24, 2015 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: constipation, bowel, stool, fluids, Grains, Fibre, water, relief

Constipation is an uncomfortable topic, but it is common. Signs of constipation include not having a bowel movement for more than 3 days, having hard or lumpy stools that are painful to pass, and feeling bloated.

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Using Social Media to Boost Physical Activity

February 19, 2015 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: social media, screen time, making plans, new ideas, encouragement, route, map

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Social media can be quite addictive. That’s why I make a point of limiting my screen time so that I spend less time sitting and more time moving. While it’s true social media can take away from physical activity time, if used wisely, it can help get you off the screen faster and on your feet enjoying activities with friends more often.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

February 17, 2015 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: Chinese New year, Asia, fish, green vegetables, chicken, noodles, dumplings, tangerine

One of my warmest childhood memories is helping my grandmother prepare food for Chinese New Year. She would spend the weeks leading up to it preparing beautiful, traditional foods to offer our family and friends. As her helper, I looked forward to measuring ingredients and seeing all ‘our’ creations on the kitchen table, ready to be gifted or served.

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Give Your Heart Some Love

February 12, 2015 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: Valentine, heart, aerobic exercise, intensity, vigorous, moderate, exercise classes

The month of February is associated with love which, we think, brings up a good time to talk about the very hard-working and important muscle also associated with love – the heart. Because of its location and shape, we sometimes forget that the heart is a muscle (that never rests as a matter of fact). And like other muscles, it needs regular moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity to stay healthy. + MORE

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