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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

Children Need to Move More and SIT LESS Every Day!

April 16, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: children, importance of play

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Children Need to Move More and SIT LESS Every Day!

Last week’s blog introduced the new physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for the early years (0-4).

The main messaging was introduced (i.e. move more and sit less) and the guidelines were discussed in relation to optimal growth and development.

Unfortunately, the discussion on sedentary behaviour and the associated sedentary behaviour guidelines for the early years was limited and that’s the focus of this blog! + MORE

When Size Matters

April 12, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: portion size

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When Size Matters

Over the summer, when my partner was pregnant, we got into the habit of making a Friday night trip to our local ice cream shop. One night I was amused to notice the words “child’s size” appear on the cash register display when the cashier was ringing through my request for a small cup of the soft serve ice cream.

The cup was about 8 fluid ounces (250 ml) and provided what I thought would be enough to satisfy my sweet tooth but, not enough to wallop me with a lot of extra calories. + MORE

UNLEASH YOUR SNEAKY SIDE! IT’S SNEAK IT IN WEEK!

April 11, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: getting started

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UNLEASH YOUR SNEAKY SIDE! IT’S SNEAK IT IN WEEK!

Shine up your favourite pair of sneakers and get ready to embrace their comfort, agility and overwhelming style in the office this week! That’s correct, April 9th-13th is "Sneak it in Week,” so put those sneakers on and get ready to integrate physical activity into your work week!

Lead by ParticipACTION, Sneak it in Week provides Canadians with tools and resources to promote physical activity in and around the workplace. + MORE

There’s WHAT in my [insert favourite food here]?!

April 10, 2012 by Kenton Delisle | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: nutrition labelling, know what's in your food

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There's what in my favourite food?

“If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it”, she said. It was a radio interview and the guest (not a registered dietitian) was giving tips on how to eat “healthy.”

Being a dietitian, this is advice I often hear  and sometimes I’m asked if this is a good rule to live by. I agree that it is ideal to try and focus on minimally processed, whole foods but, in reality most of us are going to be buying some processed foods. So, why do we vilify ingredient lists that have words we don’t recognize? + MORE

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