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How to Improve Your Posture

February 23, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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How to Improve Your Posture

Your parents were right; pull your shoulders back and sit up straight!

Good posture can lower your chances of getting injured, and it can decrease chance of headaches. I personally feel better when I sit upright and my neck and head usually thanks me later in the day (no headaches!). But what exactly is good posture? Let’s have a look.

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Food Fads: What Information Can You Trust?

February 21, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Food Fads: What Information Can You Trust?

Let’s face it. Not everything you read or see is true. And while many of us know that, it’s still easy to be swept up by popular ideas we see online, read in magazines or hear from friends. When it comes to nutrition advice, knowing how to separate food fact from fiction is a skill that is worth its weight in carrots!

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Is It Better to Do Cardio or Strength Training First?

February 16, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Cardio or strength first, does it matter?

Everyone benefits from resistance training and aerobic exercise.

Resistance training – also called strength training or weight lifting – strengthens your muscles and bones and raises your metabolism. Lifting weights and doing body weight exercises, house chores (gardening, moving heavy boxes), or labour (laying bricks, carrying shingles) are all forms of resistance training.

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For the Love of Fruit and Veggies

February 14, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags:

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For the Love of Fruit and Veggies

Fruit and vegetables are essential for good health. They are really really good for you. They give you vital nutrients and help maintain your body’s functions. And, if you eat a good variety in the recommended amounts, they may decrease your risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Others are involved in preventing eye disease or slowing the aging process.

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What You Need To Know About Back Pain

February 9, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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How to prevent back pain

Most of us have experienced a bout of back pain or at least know someone who has. As annoying as it is, most of the time, back pain will go away by itself. However, sometimes back pain can be more serious or be caused by specific conditions. Check with your health care provider or contact a HealthLink BC nurse at 8-1-1 to see if you should seek care.

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