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December 2012

The Influenza Vaccine Protects Children

December 5, 2012 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: flu, children, precautions

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The Influenza Vaccine Protects Children

Today’s blogger is Dr. Perry Kendall. He’s BC’s Provincial Health Officer. He has a passion for public health and was awarded the Order of British Columbia for his contributions to Public Health practice and to harm reduction policy and practice in BC. Thanks for joining us Dr. Kendall!

Previously, I wrote about the importance of the flu shot and how it could help those at heightened risk and avoid serious illness. This time, I want to talk about kids and the flu. + MORE

The New Cookie Exchange

December 4, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: holidays, alternatives

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The New Cookie Exchange

I have nothing against cookies. However, cookie exchanges run a bit too rampant at this time of year for me. Maybe I’ve been scarred.

When I lived in the Northwest Territories, I was invited to an elite cookie exchange. It was intense. I needed to be nominated. That’s right, nominated. There must have been a last minute dropout or something because after living there for four years, I got the call.

I wanted to prove worthy of the nomination, so I picked a complicated recipe. This wasn’t a good idea. + MORE

Getting Active with Diabetes

December 3, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: Diabetes, being active

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Getting Active with Diabetes

If you have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes regular physical activity should be one of your major priorities! Regular activity helps your body use insulin more efficiently (increases insulin sensitivity) which helps better control your blood sugar (i.e. glucose) so you may require less medication.

Activity also helps you improve your mood and self confidence; reduces depression, stress, and fatigue; improves your sleep; reduces your risk for diseases associated with diabetes + MORE

How to Cook a Turkey

November 30, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Recipes | Tags: holiday, turkey, how-to

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How to Cook a Turkey

Cooking a turkey is simple. While there are as many recipes out there as there are turkeys, first time turkey cooks should stick to the basics for a reliably delicious bird. Once you feel comfortable with the steps, you can change things up.

The directions below are for an unstuffed turkey. You can make stuffing in a separate dish in the oven. An unstuffed turkey cooks faster, is more food safe, and the stuffing doesn’t soak up fat from the drippings.

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