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December 2012

Cooking a Turkey 101

December 18, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: turkey, holiday, how-to

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Cooking a Turkey 101

The holidays are about tradition. Part of our family’s tradition is that every year my mom asks my sister and me what we would like for Christmas dinner, which still takes place at my parent’s house. And every year we give her almost the exact same menu. Some things are classics and we look forward to them all year.

This year however, the conversation took an unexpected turn. + MORE

Handy Resources to Quit Smoking

December 14, 2012 by Shelley Canitz | Posted in: Smoking | Tags: smoking cessation, quitnow

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Handy Resources to Quit Smoking

Do you want to quit smoking?

Maybe you have a friend who wishes they could spend their money on something other than cigarettes. Perhaps you’re worried about a spouse who goes through a lot of tobacco in a day.

Here are some important resources that you should be aware of.

Quitting smoking can be one of the toughest things a person does. + MORE

Giving Back to Food Banks

December 13, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Giving Back to Food Banks

Stone soup is an old folk story that has a number of cultural adaptations. Essentially it goes like this:

Travelers come to a town, hungry and looking for food. No one will share food with them because food is scarce, so the travelers build a fire, put a pot of water over it, and place a stone in the bottom of the pot. When asked what they are doing, they say they are making “stone soup,” but that it isn’t finished yet because it needs something to improve the flavour. A villager shares an onion, another shares a carrot and another shares some spices. This continues until the soup is complete and they all enjoy it together. 

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Gift Ideas to Avoid the Zombie Apocalypse

December 11, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: General Information | Tags: holiday, gift ideas

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Gift Ideas to Avoid the Zombie Apocalypse

Last minute shopping at this time of year has a striking similarity to how I picture the zombie apocalypse. When I consider the idea of braving the mall, I shudder at the thought of a retail wilderness overrun by zombies scavenging for gifts with panic escalating as time runs out.

I have to admit that I sometimes find myself contributing to the chaos, scouring stores for hours for a gift I think someone will love. I typically don’t quit until I have exhausted the possibilities and myself. + MORE

If You Want Your Kids to Be Active, Get them Outside and Playing!

December 10, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: Video Games, Outside, play

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If You Want Your Kids to Be Active, Get them Outside and Playing!

We’re in a day and age where we’re inundated by technological influences. As Canadians, the majority of us are sedentary for 7-10 hours per day and also have trouble meeting the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. Our children and youth are also suffering from a severe lack of physical activity. Lack of physical activity and increased sedentary behaviour are significant contributors to childhood obesity in addition to diets rich in sweetened beverages and high calorie foods. + MORE

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