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A Taste of Something New

July 24, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: General Information | Tags: food abroad, travel, cultural diversity

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A Taste of Something New

I’ll often forget the names of places I visit, but food experiences, especially new ones, tend to stick in my mind. Maybe it’s because these experiences tend to recruit all of my senses. All five of my senses are poised for more stimulation as I’ll soon be taking a break from contributing to this blog and moving to Austria for a spell.

I’m quite interested in seeing how Austrian food culture differs from ours in Canada. Food cultures influence what, how, when and where people eat. + MORE

Inspire a Generation and Take Action this Summer Olympics

July 23, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: 2012 Olympics, physical activity, kids

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Inspire a Generation and Take Action this Summer Olympics

With over 36 sports and 20 days of competition, this Olympics is going to be an amazing spectacle! In respect to this year’s tagline “inspire a generation,” I thought it would be good to prep our readers with some physical activity enthusiasm!

We know that our health is at risk due to an overwhelming increase in sedentary behaviour and screen time. I urge you to take action and help our children and youth benefit from the Olympic Games by providing opportunities for them to sit less and play more!

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Smooth Operator

July 19, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: healthy, eating, fruit, berries

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Smooth Operator

Nothing says summer more than a long line up of twenty and thirty-somethings sporting short shorts and flip flops, trying to balance their frisbees™, picnic baskets and toddlers at the local coffee shop. Somehow they always find a free hand for their coveted $5 frothy beverage.

It seems like this year the blenders at restaurants and coffee shops are working overtime mixing up fruit smoothies as the drinks of choice. Unfortunately, they’re not all created equal. The smoothies I have seen range from about 130 to over 500 calories (I saw one with more than 700) depending on the ingredients and the serving size. + MORE

Apple of My Eye

July 17, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: apples, Healthy Eating, apple ideas

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Apple of My Eye

BC apples are available through the winter and spring (thanks to cold storage), but I think they really taste best when they’ve been freshly picked. Around this time of year I begin to eagerly anticipate the first harvest of BC grown apples. It seems like there is an apple for every eating occasion. + MORE

When Baby is Vomiting and has Diarrhea

July 12, 2012 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: baby, illness, dehydration

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When Baby is Vomiting and has Diarrhea

It hit me first and then went on to my infant son. Of all the things we share in our family, a case of gastroenteritis (a.k.a. the stomach flu) was something that I’d have preferred to keep to myself. It was worrying to see him vomiting up the milk from three feedings in a row - and then there was the diarrhea.

We called 8-1-1 to get advice from a Registered Nurse at HealthLink BC who asked us questions about our son’s health. The nurse advised us to take him to our doctor to be checked to see if he was dehydrated. + MORE

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