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May 2012

May 10th is Move for Health Day

May 7, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: move for health day 2012

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May 10th is Move for Health Day

During Exercise is Medicine Month, Move for Health Day is an international event created in 2002 by the World Health Organization to promote physical activity. This May 10th, communities throughout the province are encouraged to make physical activity a priority by finding fun and interesting ways to MOVE!

Here are a few tips to foster movement on this amazing day:

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Let’s Walk: A Flipbook Tour

May 4, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: walking

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Let’s Walk: A Flipbook Tour

Last year Healthy Families BC, Legacies Now 2010 and the Province of British Columbia combined their efforts to host a fun, interactive and educational walking challenge designed to promote and improve health through one of the best medicines known to man: Physical Activity!

From August 8th to September 19th, BC residents were challenged to “Walk to Win” in a six-week contest that encouraged walking, mapping and sharing favourite walking routes as well as pictures along the way.

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Envious Greens

May 3, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: Salad, vegetables

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Envious Greens

I’m feeling generous today, so here you go, my mom’s coveted salad recipe: shred lots of iceberg lettuce, grate carrot on top, finely dice white onion and add it to the tower.

So far, pretty straightforward. Now for the kicker: crunch up handfuls of ketchup flavoured potato chips and drop onto the mass and then coat with Thousand Island dressing. I’m not going to lie: I used to adore this salad, and thinking about it coats me in nostalgia like the Thousand Island dressing coated the “greens.”  As an adult, I can’t quite bring myself to put chips on a salad, but my mom did introduce me to the concept that salad is more than an anaemic looking plate of plain lettuce. It’s actually something to look forward to. + MORE

The Internet: User Beware

May 1, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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The Internet: User Beware

By some estimates almost 80% of North Americans use the internet. This amazing resource has changed the way we live, communicate and shop. It has also changed the way we learn and get health information.

Unfortunately, change isn’t always good. With broad access to the internet, where anyone can post anything, we now live in world where we are bombarded with myths and pseudoscience.

For example, a friend recently forwarded me an email she received about the dangers of using microwaves. There was a series of pictures of two plants, one which had been fed microwaved (and cooled) water and the other fed purified water.

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