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Goodbye Purple Tongue

September 8, 2011 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: back to school, children, lunch

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Goodbye Purple Tongue

As a kid I would come home from school and crash through the front door, ready to yell "oh yeah!" in anticipation of the giant tumbler of red "juice" waiting for me.

I liked how my tongue would stay bright red or purple for hours after drinking it. My brothers and I would make our own jugs of the sugary delight, adding the brightly coloured powder and pouring in a mountain of white sugar. Sometimes it seemed the liquid was so saturated that the sugar threatened not to dissolve.

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Interval Training: Continually Improve Your Fitness

September 6, 2011 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: exercise, fitness, physical activity, wellness

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Interval Training: Continually Improve Your Fitness

When writing last week's blog, I just couldn't get interval training off my mind as I think it's one of the best ways to improve fitness and cut down exercise time!

Interval training combines short bursts of activity at higher intensities, called intervals with periods of lower intensity or rest periods. It stimulates our cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems in a safe, efficient and progressive manner. It allows us to bring our body to a level it's not used to working at for short durations which promote continual adaption. + MORE

Making Difficult Choices Easier

September 6, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: back to school, children, lunch

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Making Difficult Choices Easier

If you are a parent busily trying to pack a lunch for your child before they head out to school you are probably looking for foods that are quick to assemble, healthy, food safe and most importantly something they will eat. Ready-to-eat packaged foods are hard to beat in terms of convenience - but how do you know if they are healthy?

You might already know about reading food labels, but it can still be difficult to determine which packaged foods are healthier choices for kids. The Brand Name Food List can help you. This online database contains over 4,500 ready-to-eat packaged foods that have been reviewed and scored by Registered Dietitians using the nutrient criteria in the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools. + MORE

Getting Into a Routine

September 2, 2011 by Michael de Jong | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: personal experience, physical activity, wellness

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Getting Into a Routine

As August comes to an end, I am reflecting on my vacation time and the importance of a routine...

I need to make the effort to consciously schedule time for exercise into my daily routine.

Much of my day is already scheduled – so there’s a natural tendency to not want to add anything.  The problem with not consciously squeezing in my exercise is that it becomes easy to skip if I am tired or very busy. + MORE

No Child Wants a Lunch that Smells Weird

September 1, 2011 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: children, kids, lunch

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No Child Wants a Lunch that Smells Weird

There are some childhood memories that last a lifetime. One of my more traumatic ones took place during lunch at elementary school.

My mother, who could win awards for parenting effort, sent me a hot dog for lunch. I had told her I was bored with sandwiches. The bun was cut and ketchup, mustard and relish lined it in perfect proportions. All I needed to do was remove the wiener from my Thermos® and put it in the bun.

As I opened my Thermos®, the smell of warm wiener air rushed at me. I reached in with a pincer-like grip trying to grab the wiener. + MORE

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