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March 2013

Coo-Coo for Coconut Oil?

March 26, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: oils and fats, coconut oil

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Coo-Coo for Coconut Oil?

Is there a cooking oil with superpowers?

If you believe everything you hear on talk-shows then you might believe that coconut oil does indeed have superpowers. There are many claims made for this so-called superfood including its ability to: lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, and cure Alzheimer’s disease. Needless to say, coconut oil has been flying off the shelves at grocery and health food stores. But is this latest food fad worthy of so much hype?

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An Active Spring Long Weekend for Kids

March 25, 2013 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: kids, fun, activities

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A long weekend full of spring celebrations and eating is upon us.

While for some of us, a family dinner is the main focus during this weekend of celebration, we also need to remember that being active with your family is essential and FUN! It’s encouraging to know that many families across the province will be celebrating together by doing some arts and crafts and fun outdoor games such as scavenger hunts over the weekend. This is awesome! + MORE

Recycle Your Cooking

March 19, 2013 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: meal planning, Tips

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Recycle Your Cooking

It can often be a challenge to eat all of the food a large recipe makes. My co-worker’s son screamed, “No more paneer!” at the dinner table the other night when he was served the same dish for a third day in a row. I’m also no stranger to slogging through the same meal for days on end just to get through a recipe.

Eating the same meal day in and day out can be uninspiring. It can also make it tough to meet your nutrient needs.

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Start Now to Prevent Osteoporosis Later

March 14, 2013 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: osteoporosis, physical activity, fitness

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Today’s blog focus is on osteoporosis and why it’s so important to engage in activity that improves the health of your musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones, & joints).

Did you know that the costs associated with osteoporosis in British Columbia are estimated to be $322 million annually.

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Label Reading: You Be the Judge

March 12, 2013 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: food labels, reading labels

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Label Reading: You Be the Judge

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a great expression reminding us not to judge something by its appearance alone. I think it’s a good motto to live by, except when it comes to picking packaged food items.

The “cover” of packaged food items gives us the information we need to make healthier choices. There are three different parts: the Nutrition Facts Table (NFT), the ingredient list and nutrition claims. + MORE

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