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January 2012

Better Baking

January 31, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: baking, Healthy Eating

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Better Baking

They say that the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach. For me this is a truism. When my partner steps into the kitchen to make something delicious I feel my heart grow three sizes - just like the Grinch on Christmas day.

There is a special place in my heart for baked goods (especially fresh cinnamon buns), so I jumped at the chance to respond to a reader's request for a posting about healthier baking.

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The Benefits of Owning a Dog

January 30, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: did you know?, pets, wellness, dog, dogs, childhood obesity

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The Benefits of Owning a Dog

Believe it or not, those fuzzy and furry bundles have a lot more to offer than what meets the eye.

Lots of interesting research has and is still being done on the benefits of owning and caring for man's best friend, the canine!

Here are a few fun facts:

Individuals who own and walk their dogs engage in more physical activity and as a result meet the national guidelines for physical activity more often.Children whose families own dogs are more active than those without. This research suggests that canines could be of great assistance when finding innovative ways to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. + MORE

Eating Together?

January 26, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: Healthy Eating, new baby

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Eating Together?

My son is just a few weeks old now. Before his birth, it was difficult to imagine life as a new parent. Three weeks in, I can say parenthood is humbling. Despite the prenatal classes and advice of friends, family and complete strangers, I feel very much like a novice as I learn who he is and how to best meet his needs.

Life has changed. His priorities are now our priorities and we spend most of our time focussing on getting the essentials done. Our sleep, while ‘essential,' has also changed. It's now a word we use in air quotes when saying things like "what a great ‘sleep,' we must have strung together a good four hours between periods of feeding, changing and soothing him." + MORE

Dear Self;

January 24, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: did you know?, personal experience, wellness

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Dear Self;

Note to the reader: This posting is a part of the blog series on mindful eating.

Eating is so routine and easy that we can do it on autopilot. Mindful eating involves increasing our awareness of what, how, where, when and why we are eating.

Being more aware can enable us to step back into the pilot seat and resume control of our eating. We hope that you enjoy this series!

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The Many Health Benefits of Yoga!

January 23, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: did you know?, physical activity, yoga

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The Many Health Benefits of Yoga!

First off, I'm not a yoga expert. However, I do know the body well and definitely promote the health benefits of yoga.  So how does yoga, an activity that has been practiced for over 5000 years, stimulate the body and make us feel great?

Simply put, yoga allows us to:

Relax and focus on our breathing patterns while internalizing our bodies processes. This aids in the meditating effects of yoga and allows us to calm down our systems. + MORE

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