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Get Loud about Mental Health and Stigma

May 4, 2016 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: General Information | Tags:

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Get loud for mental health and stop stigma

About 1 in 5 Canadians - over 6.5 million - experience a mental disorder or substance use problem in their lifetime.  Still, people experience stigma about their condition. They are judged, treated negatively, and sometimes have trouble finding a place to live, a job, good health care, and acceptance.

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Food Tips and Recipes for Your Emergency Kit

May 3, 2016 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Non-perishable food for emergency kit and recipe ideas

With any luck you’ve already packed your emergency supply kit and have enough food, water and other supplies to carry your family through three days in an emergency situation. If not, use this guide to help you get started. When it comes to managing the top ten risks in B.C., chance favours the prepared.

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Physical Activity and Mental Health

April 28, 2016 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Exercise promotes mental wellbeing and reduces symptoms of mental illnesses, including anxiety and depression.

Researchers today are asking a lot of questions about physical activity and mental health and wellbeing. Does regular physical activity contribute to mental wellbeing? Can it help with reducing anxiety or depression? Here is what we know:

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Does the 80/20 Rule Work for Healthy Eating?

April 26, 2016 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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What is the 80/20 rule in nutrition?

You might have heard about the 80/20 rule for healthy eating, but you might also be confused by what it really means and whether it’s good advice to follow. Read on to get the answers.

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The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone

April 21, 2016 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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What is the PAR Q form?

If you’ve ever hit the gym for a workout or taken part in an exercise class you might of filled out the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (PAR-Q+). For most, being active is safe and enjoyable. In some cases, you should check with your doctor or a qualified exercise professional before becoming more active; this is where the PAR-Q+ comes in.

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