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February 2012

It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right

February 16, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: breastfeeding, parenting

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It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Right

When my mom walked in I was sitting on the edge of the bed sobbing, "I can't do this! It's too hard!"

"What's too hard?" she asked.

"The who-o-o-ole thing" I gasped.

My daughter was two weeks old and I was in a heightened state of emotion brought about by a difficult delivery, rampant post-partum hormones and sleep deprivation. It wasn't actually the "whole thing" that had me in crying convulsions; it was learning how to breastfeed.

Before my daughter's arrival, my husband and I had read about everything we wanted to do and be as parents and breastfeeding was at the top of my list. But, it seemed like no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't figure it out and she wasn't gaining weight at the expected rate. I was terrified of ruining her. + MORE

St. Valentine Cares About Your Heart Health

February 14, 2012 by Kenton Delisle | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: did you know?, heart health

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St. Valentine Cares About Your Heart Health

Well, it's Valentine's Day AND February is Heart Month. What a great time to consider your vascular health. I know, you have heard it before, heart health is important, yada, yada. However, have you thought about other benefits to a heart healthy lifestyle? Think about it.

If you're taking steps to improve your vascular health, we're talking about better circulation… all over your body. Are you with me? Better circulation to all your organs. That's right, it turns out that the same factors that reduce your risk for heart disease reduce your risk for erectile dysfunction (ED). Better circulation = more energy and stamina and better circulation = better blood flow….that's a win, win in my books.

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Taking Action from the Heart

February 13, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: heart health

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Taking Action from the Heart

If you haven't heard, February is Heart Month! In addition, we celebrate a day dedicated to love and happiness tomorrow....Valentine's Day!

This being said, there's no better time to take stock of your current heart health and the heart health of your family, friends and loved ones! The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca) have some great resources to assist you in assessing your current heart health and improving upon it!

Research has clearly shown that physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco cessation and stress reduction work together to significantly improve heart health! + MORE

Will Run for Change

February 9, 2012 by Kenton Delisle | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: personal experience, physical fitness

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Will Run for Change
Advice from a Winner, Part 5

It was January 1st. A new day, a new year, a new approach. I had been growing more and more weary with my workout routine and thought I needed to kick-start myself into some new activities to reinvigorate my inner motivations.

Without some added internal motivation, I felt like I could easily go down the slippery slope of less and less activity until… well, I didn't want to go down the slope. Especially since it seems soooo much harder to climb back up it now that I'm not 20 years old (that was a recent self admission). So, I took myself out for a good run. It was a great day for it and it was a nice change to be able to enjoy the outdoors during the day.

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Everyone Is A Winner!

February 7, 2012 by Kenton Delisle | Posted in: General Information | Tags: did you know?

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Everyone Is A Winner!

No, for real, everyone IS a winner and not in a Charlie Sheen "winning" kind of way. In a real life winning kind of way. You reading this blog is winning. Being part of a community is winning and our Healthy Families BC community is no exception. Thank you to everyone who participates in our community, in any way you can, even if that's just visiting our blog posts now and again.

Through her online community, Laura found Healthy Families BC on Facebook. She "Liked" the www.facebook.com/HealthyFamiliesBC page and started to follow the information we've been sharing. + MORE

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