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February 2012

Avoiding the Vending Machine Slump

February 28, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: at work, food choices

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Avoiding the Vending Machine Slump

I lived at work in January. I didn't pull out a blow-up mattress and horrify the nurses by wearing my bathrobe around, but that did sound like a good idea some nights…especially when I was here so late that the lights were turned out on me twice (and I couldn't find the panel to turn them back on - funny guys, reeeeal funny).

Burning the midnight oil at work made it seem impossible to eat well. Being a dietitian, a cooking school grad and a person with no other mouths to feed didn't matter. I still found myself with my forehead against the vending machine late at night, slumped over in defeat. + MORE

Exercising with your dog *woof!*

February 27, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: healthy living, pets, physical activity

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Exercising with your dog *woof!*

As discussed in a previous blog, dogs are clearly more than man's best friend.They can significantly improve our health and quality of life.

They help us by enhancing our allergic response systems as children, providing endless love and companionship which helps improve the outcomes of individuals living with life threatening diseases.

They also increase the physical activity levels of children and adults who live alongside them!

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All I Wanted Was A Tea

February 23, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: drinks, Healthy Eating, sugar

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All I Wanted Was A Tea

I grew up in a home where pop and other sugary drinks were reserved for special occasions like birthday parties or holiday celebrations. I knew something special was coming soon when I saw a two litre bottle of something fizzy come home with the other groceries.

The days of my childhood are behind me now. As an adult my tastes are different. I find the occasional root beer float quite satisfying and nostalgic. However, I mainly associate sugary drinks with childhood parties. I've moved on.

Several months ago I went to a movie with my spouse where the lead character was an eerily intelligent ape. + MORE

It is About Brain Food and Not Brain Freeze

February 22, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: food choices, healthy living, sugar

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It is About Brain Food and Not Brain Freeze

During my childhood, my mother told me a lot of nutritional "facts" that turned out to be totally untrue. I'm not sure if she really believed them, or if she just wanted me to eat well.

For instance, while growing up, I absolutely believed that everyone should eat the crusts on their whole grain bread because that's where the fibre is and that breakfast cereals with a leprechaun or a tiger on the box would rot my brain.

To my Mom's credit, she made it the norm to eat nutritious meals most of the time and reserve some less nutritious foods as "once in a while" foods. Some kids aren't so lucky. + MORE

Proper Backpack Use: PACK IT LIGHT, WEAR IT RIGHT!

February 21, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: backpacks, chiropractic health

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Proper Backpack Use: PACK IT LIGHT, WEAR IT RIGHT!

Proper backpack use is often taken for granted and the effects of this could be drastic on our growing children and youth.

The body is a very sensitive and complex organism that adapts to the stressors we place on it. If we continually place undue and uneven stress on one of the most important parts of our body, the spinal column, we could end up in trouble later on in life! Examples of poor backpack use can include but are not limited to: muscle strain, headaches, back, neck and arm pain, improper growth and development and even nerve damage. + MORE

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