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Frugal Fitness Tips

April 30, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: budget, Tips

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Some British Columbians think that becoming more physically fit means having to dig into their wallet. This doesn’t have to be the case. There is all kinds of free help and ideas to get into shape. We take a look at some creative ways to exercise on a budget with this week’s blog.

Frugal Tip # 1: To get screened by a Qualified Exercise Professional and receive a personalized exercise prescription FOR FREE, call the Physical Activity Line (PAL) , 8-1-1. + MORE

A Bear’s Breakfast

April 26, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: breakfast

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A Bear’s Breakfast

Do you remember the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? In the story, Goldilocks tries each bear’s bowl of porridge and finally decides to eat the little bear’s bowl which was “just right.” I know it’s a children’s story, but surely a more typical bear breakfast would have been a bunch of berries, some insects and a bit of some dead animal or fish.

Even so, porridge was a great breakfast choice for Goldilocks—and makes for an easy to make, low-cost, satisfying and nourishing breakfast for the rest of us humans. My family starts the day with a bowl of hot porridge most days of the week. A bowl of hot cereal with fruit, topped with some nuts and milk gives me the energy to get through the first part of the day. + MORE

I Do Not Like Them, Sam I Am

April 24, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: kids, children, picky eater

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I Do Not Like Them, Sam I Am

Earlier this week, I made muffins for my family. I found a recipe for cheese muffins online that seemed tasty and simple. The recipe called for onion and green onion. Yum! But I wondered what the kids would think.

My son, who is 3, devoured the first one. I was thrilled. To date he has rejected anything green (except grapes) and can somehow find the tiniest piece of onion – even if it’s already in his mouth – and remove it from what he’s eating. So, you can imagine my surprise when he was eating both! + MORE

Keeping Your Kids Active on a Budget!

April 23, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity, Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: physical activity

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Keeping Your Kids Active on a Budget!

Over the past couple weeks we discussed the importance of providing our children and youth with the best possible chances for optimal growth and development by MOVING MORE and SITTING LESS!

On that note, we thought it would be good to listen to some of our readers insights and provide a list of resources that could help with keeping children active while on a budget.

Note: Physical Activity DOESN’T have to cost and arm and a leg or require high end gym equipment and memberships. + MORE

A Few More Bites

April 19, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: children, mealtimes, eating together

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A Few More Bites

There I was again, six years old and sitting at the kitchen table eye to eye with the roast beef that remained on my plate. Besides the boogieman, having to eat roast beef laced with veins of gooey icky fat was what I feared most in the second grade.

I was picky and lanky as a kid, which is why my parents were concerned that I wasn’t eating enough. So with good intentions, my parents set some rules to help the feeding process along. One of their “rules” was that I wasn’t allowed to leave the table or have dessert until I had eaten all of my roast beef. + MORE

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