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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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Don’t Worry, Eat Happy…

June 12, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: blood-type, positive psychology

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Don’t Worry, Eat Happy…

I have started to “eat right for my blood type,” and I love it. You may be surprised to hear this from a dietitian, but it’s true and I don’t deny it.

No, I’m not following the pseudoscience of ‘Eat Right for Your Blood Type’ diets, which are more like nutritional horoscopes than evidence-based guidelines. I’m eating for my blood type by incorporating the concepts of Positive Psychology into my eating. My blood type happens to be B+ (get it, “be positive”?), so I am trying to eat with a positive and happy state of mind. + MORE

Are We on the Same Page?

June 7, 2012 by Kenton Delisle | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: question & answer

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Are We on the Same Page?

In response to readers’ interest, here are the rest of the questions from the BC Medical Association’s article from the May 18th blog entry, Doctors and Dietitians on the Same Page.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but merely a snapshot of the most common questions about food and nutrition at Dietitian Services at the time of the collaborative article. Trends, research and perceptions change all the time and so do the questions being asked. So feel free to ask us more questions at www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca, or email or call a dietitian at Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC (8-1-1). + MORE

Hitting the Spot (Prawns)

June 5, 2012 by Kenton Delisle | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: summer, prawns

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Hitting the Spot (Prawns)

We all have things that we associate with different times of the year. Me? I associate different foods with different seasons. Springtime and in particular May and early June, means spot prawns! Delicious, locally caught, sustainably harvested, nutritious…and did I say delicious? All this just minutes from my home.

I used to muck about with many different recipes, until one day buying prawns at the wharf I had a prawn fisherman say, as he pulled the bag of prawns back from me just as he was about to hand them over, “one minute, no more,” with a very serious look on his face. + MORE

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