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June 2012

Pretty Vitamin Waters

June 19, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: sugar, Sugary drinks

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Pretty Vitamin Waters

Road trips, I have often found myself making pit-stops at gas stations and “quickie marts” for nourishment when we’ve started to run low on snacks and fluids to keep both the driver and me feeling alert and hydrated. Standing in front of one of those wall-to-wall beverage fridges and deciding whether to spend my $3 on a plain bottle of water or a pretty pink or tangerine-coloured drink touting the addition of healthful vitamins and herbs is a decision I have been faced with many times. With names like “banana colada” and “acai blueberry pomegranate,” who can resist?

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Getting Into Shape for Summer

June 18, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: healthy weight, getting started

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Summer is almost here and there’s no better time for people to start taking action to improve their health and body image. To set the stage, I thought it would be a good idea to do a little bit of Q & A, by sharing part of a recent interview I participated in.

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What are some destructive and unhealthy trends that you see people engaging in as "quick fixes" to rapidly lose weight, add muscle to build beach ready bodies? + MORE

Congratulations Ewa Rosol of Vancouver!

June 15, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Sodium | Tags: Contest Winners

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Informed Dining Contest winners

Congratulations to Our Grand Prize Winner Ewa Rosol of Vancouver!

Ewa is taking home $2000 worth of kitchen items from a store of her choice, as well as the services of a registered dietitian (valued at $500)! However, over the course of May and June 2012, some lucky British Columbians have also won some fun weekly prizes; $150 in gift certificates to restaurants participating in the Informed Dining program!

Did you know that on average British Columbians eat one in ten meals in a restaurant or food service establishment? + MORE

Eat Right for Your Blood...Donation

June 14, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: blood donation

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Eat Right for Your Blood...Donation

To be honest, it wasn’t something I had thought about. I assumed a blood transfusion would only be necessary in the context of a car accident, cancer or major surgery. Like everyone, I hoped to avoid such a situation. It never occurred to me that childbirth would cause that need.

After an uncomplicated pregnancy, my daughter was born. Immediately after her birth, I started hemorrhaging. My husband and newborn daughter were escorted from the room while a team of specialists went to work. Numerous medical procedures, 12 units of blood and seven hours later, the blood loss had stopped (and they had put Humpty Dumpty back together again). + MORE

Saving Active Play from Extinction

June 12, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: kids, youth, children, play

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Saving Active Play from Extinction

Last week we introduced the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity and highlighted an area needing significant improvement (i.e. Active Play).

Even though children were failing to achieve healthy levels of active play throughout the nation, it was interesting to see that the majority of children would choose active play over screen time and sedentary activities if provided with the opportunity!

Here are some creative ways to foster active play and support your child's health, growth and development:

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