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Physical Activity in Colder Weather

October 31, 2011 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: physical activity, Tips, Winter

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By now, if you’ve been reading my blogs I would hope that you’d agree that regular physical activity is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are a first time reader, here are some of the health benefits that accompany regular physical activity participation: Health benefits of physical activity.

Despite what some individuals may think or practice, it’s important to note that regular physical activity is not defined as being active during the summer months and then hibernating like a bear in the winter until the nice weather comes back :P + MORE

Made from Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

October 27, 2011 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: General Information | Tags: children, hallowe'en, candy, sugar, costume

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Made from Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

When my son was two he became obsessed with all things Hallowe'en: pumpkins (which he called “punkins”), bats and witches. We figured he would love to go trick-or-treating.

What we didn’t realize was that he wouldn’t want to wear the lion costume we had for him.To get him dressed, my husband started with the lion pants. There were little paws to go over his shoes. That started things off badly. Then came the coat – the big, puffy coat, with a tail and a hood with a mane around his face. As my husband was doing it up from the bottom, my son was undoing it from the top, screeching at the top of his lungs.

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Recipe Ideas for Savouring the Harvest

October 26, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: vegetables, harvest, Dinner

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Recipe Ideas for Savouring the Harvest

Since root vegetables and winter squash are most prevalent at this time of year, you might like to try these delicious Harvest based recipes.

Roasted Roots

Peel, chop and combine whatever root vegetables you have (potatoes, carrots, turnips, etc.) and an onion peeled and quartered. Toss with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and seasonings and bake in covered pan at 400º F (200º C) for about an hour or until tender. It’s an easy accompaniment for a meal and roasting is a quick, easy way to bring out the best flavors of many vegetables.

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Egg me on

October 25, 2011 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: did you know?, eggs, Healthy Eating

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Egg me on

Somehow my tiny studio apartment seems to be a resting place for friends. They always wake up to the smell of coffee and eggs…mostly because of the proximity of the stove to the couch. I like frittatas with pear, caramelized onions and brie, omelettes with sautéed mushrooms and kale, scrambles with zucchini, spinach, feta and fresh basil, but I always come back to simple poached eggs. I can’t explain the joy I feel when I poke my fork into a soft poached egg and the bright orangey yolk cascades out over my tower of vegetables. It is almost more than I can take. + MORE

Keeping Fit for Busy Moms

October 24, 2011 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: children, physical activity

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Keeping Fit for Busy Moms

Two years ago, I became an uncle, worlds #1 uncle!

This experience was life altering for me and especially my sister- a corporate legend, with a demanding occupation. As a health professional, it’s very interesting to see the demands that children are pre-packaged with. Moreover, it’s fascinating to watch the mother rise up and handle all the extra demands, strict schedules and neverending tasks involved in raising children.

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