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Go with Whole Grains

May 5, 2015 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: whole grains, barley, brown rice, quinoa, oats, wild rice, Fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants

Whole grains are back on the menu! They add a nutty flavour and chewy texture to dishes. Eating three or more servings of whole grain foods per day can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by up to 30 per cent. Whole grains may also help lower cholesterol levels and your risk of having a stroke.

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Rock Your Cycling Look as a “Roll” Model

April 30, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: cycling, bicycle, helmet, kids, Safe Kids Week, road safety

Spring is here and it’s time for the whole family to get out cycling again. Think about the fun you’ll have– a ride to the park for a picnic is just the start. When you get the bicycles tuned up, don’t forget the other equipment: helmets for every member of your family. + MORE

Get the Juice on Juicing

April 28, 2015 by Sophia Baker-French, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: juice, juicing, sugar, vitamins, minerals, Fibre, pulp, Detox

Juicing vegetables and fruit is often advertised as being healthy. While 100% vegetable or fruit juice can be part of a healthy and balanced diet, it is possible to get too much of a good thing. Let’s discuss some of these juicy health claims.

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Hypertension and Physical Activity Q&A’s

April 23, 2015 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: hypertension, high blood pressure, aerobic, jogging, Swimming, resistance training

The term “exercise is medicine” is being used more and more. This idea is all about using physical activity to prevent and manage chronic health conditions. In my role at the Physical Activity Line (PAL), I talk to a lot of people who have questions about being active with health conditions. To answer these types of questions, I’ll be writing a series of Q&A style blogs on some of the main topics people call PAL about. Today’s post focuses on exercise and hypertension.

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Soy, Should You Eat It?

April 21, 2015 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: soy, soybeans, tofu, edamame, tempeh, meatless, meat and alternatives

Soy foods have become increasingly popular. Most grocery stores feature a variety of soy foods and beverages, ranging from traditional tofu and soy beverage to a growing selection of plant-based meat alternatives like veggie “hot dogs” and veggie “ground meat”. What do these soy-based foods do for our health?

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