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Parents and Healthy Eating at School

October 30, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: School Guidelines, healthier choices

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Parents and Healthy Eating at School

With Halloween upon us, I’m prepared for the candy that’s about to enter my home.

My kids are at an age when Halloween is important; they’ve had their costumes for a month. I love seeing how excited they get running door to door yelling “trick-or-treat” and then sorting through their loot at the end of the night. I also think there are some easy ways to control the amount of candy that comes in from trick-or-treating so, as a parent and a dietitian, I have little objection. + MORE

Seniors' Fall Prevention

October 29, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: seniors, fall prevention, awareness

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Seniors' Fall Prevention

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury and loss of independence among seniors? In addition, they often result in disability, chronic pain, reduced quality of life and premature death.

We have to be aware and take action as falls among seniors don’t only affect those who fall, they impact family members, caregivers and society as a whole due to increased disability, support and other associated health costs. + MORE

"You Say [Sweet] Potato…"

October 25, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: sweet potatoes, yams, differences

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"You Say [Sweet] Potato…"

I learned a lesson about sweet potatoes once while teaching a cooking class in Northern BC.

I had requested sweet potatoes for a recipe, thinking that the only ones available at the small local grocery would be orange. When the organizer presented me with the light yellow flesh variety, I realized that I should have been more specific about the colour. Maybe I should have asked for “yams.”

The confusion about yams and sweet potatoes is ongoing. + MORE

The Art of Healthy Eating

October 23, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: about, knowledge, skills

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The Art of Healthy Eating

What is healthy eating?

You might be surprised to find out that there isn’t one agreed upon meaning.

The BC Ministry of Health has been working with partners to write a definition for healthy eating so that health professionals, government, non-governmental organizations and others can use the same definition when developing strategies and policies. Defining it isn’t as easy as it might first seem. + MORE

The Perfect Push-up for Anyone

October 22, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: push-up, posturing

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The Perfect Push-up for Anyone

Modified push-ups on a park bench, kitchen counter, desk, stairs, or wall are a great way to increase your strength and continually improve your physical fitness throughout the day.

The nuts and bolts of the perfect modified push-up:

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