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Long Weekend Activities for the Whole Family

April 17, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Kids Corner, Physical Activity | Tags: outdoors, scavenger hunt, hike, geocaching, orienteering, bike

With spring in full swing, this long weekend is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy some time with your family and friends, while engaging in physical activity. The following activities require a little organization, but are low on cost and big on fun!

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Hunting for Egg Recipes

April 15, 2014 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: eggs, egg recipe, Easter egg, egg hunt

This weekend, as many children wait in anticipation of an Easter egg hunt, you may be on the hunt for healthy egg recipes to serve your family and friends.

The centre of a chocolate egg may lead a child to a plastic toy that will be discarded in about 15 seconds, but cracking open a chicken egg reveals all kinds of longer lasting benefits.

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Keeping Yourself Healthy and Injury Free at Home

April 10, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: Injury, injury prevention, safety, massage, stiff, ache, pain

Have you ever woken up with stiff joints or mysterious aches and pains that weren’t there when you went to bed? It could be the way you sleep, or that you strained a muscle and didn’t pay it much notice. This can happen to anyone at any time, from over extending to get something off a top shelf to bending down to pick things up from the ground.

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Do Portion Size and Frequency Really Matter?

April 8, 2014 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Heathy Eating | Tags: portion size, eating out, restaurant, movie theatre, grocery store

Have you ever heard that “the dose makes the poison”? This saying from the 1500’s is attributed to Paracelsus, a Swiss German who founded the study of toxicology. It’s based on the observation that toxic substances (like mercury) can be harmless in very small doses and that harmless substances (like water) can be toxic at high doses.

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Happy Physical Activity Day, World!

April 3, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: world cup, world day, skating, Swimming, hockey, soccer

There are many national “days” that help bring attention to important issues related to healthy living, but few have the distinction of being a “World day”, so when one show’s up you know it’s a big deal! On April 6th 2014 we’ll be celebrating World Physical Activity Day. In honour of the FIFA world cup, the 2014 theme is, “Physical Activity: A Golden Goal for Health.”

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