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Reasonable New Year's Resolutions

December 31, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: General Information | Tags: New Year, better health

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Reasonable New Year's Resolutions

Stephen Smith and Julie Adams work in mental health promotion and mental illness prevention at the Ministry of Health. Their business area’s goal is to enhance lifelong positive mental health and well-being in the home, school, workplace and community.

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7 Tips to Get Moving During the Holidays

December 28, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: Winter, get active, Tips

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7 tips to get active over winter

The holidays are in full swing, most families are reunited, and some quality catch up time is being spent all over the country now that the shopping madness is over.

If you're getting tired of watching movie after movie, and sitting by the fireplace roasting marshmallows, here are seven tips to get active with the family and relieve the aches and pains of sitting all day. + MORE

5 Ways You're Better than a Turkey

December 27, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: turkey, holidays

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The phrase “you are what you eat” interests me. As a dietitian, I can’t really disagree with its intent. I do believe that one of the keys to health and vitality is eating a well-balanced, varied diet.

But as the parent of a child with autism, sometimes I enjoy looking at things literally. My daughter would interpret that phrase as: “If I eat a banana, I will become one.” Given that the holiday season is packed with turkey dinners and leftovers, I wonder what it would be like to become a turkey.

If you look up the definition of ‘turkey,’ it doesn’t just mean ‘country between Eastern Europe and Western Asia’ or ‘large fowl.’ + MORE

Turkey Tortellini Soup

December 26, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: turkey, holidays, Dinner, lunch

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Turkey Tortellini Soup

A great soup recipe for what to do with leftover turkey from the holidays!

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 tablespoon oil2 large onions, chopped4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into ¼-inch rounds4 stalks of celery, cut into ¼-inch slices2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into ¼-inch rounds8 cups low sodium chicken broth1 package (350 grams) of cheese tortellini1 pound turkey breast, cooked and diced + MORE

Pregnancy and Exercise

December 20, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: pregnancy, activity, Tips

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exercising while pregnant

Pregnancy is a great opportunity for women to continue or start an exercise program, and prioritize their health and lifestyle behaviours as they’re preparing to bring a new baby into the world. Information and advice about what type of exercise to engage in, and what level of physical exertion is acceptable can be confusing and leaves many women unsure of whether it’s safe to exercise during pregnancy.

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