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September 2013

Breastfeeding, a Powerful Mothering Tool

October 1, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags: breastfeeding, new parents

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Breastfeeding, a Powerful Mothering Tool

Canada is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week from October 1st to 7th. This year's theme highlights the importance of providing support to breastfeeding moms and their families. Our guest blogger, Melanie Foster shares her experience learning to breastfeed her daughter and how a support system helped.

Melanie is a policy analyst with the BC Ministry of Health, who works in early childhood population and public health. Her primary project for her Master's in Public Administration focused on breastfeeding policy.

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Cleansing and Detox Diets

September 30, 2013 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: Detox, Cleansing, Healthy Eating

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Cleansing and Detox Diets

Diet plans and products that claim to cleanse and detoxify (detox) our bodies are everywhere - in magazines, bookstores, the popular press and on the Internet. Do they live up to their claims? Are they safe?

Cleansing and detox diets appeal to our inner desire to become healthier and more vibrant versions of ourselves. They're built on the idea that our bodies are burdened by a build up of toxins that comes from the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Promoters of these diets view the body as a house that has collected too much dust and grime and requires a little 'spring cleaning' to operate at its best. + MORE

Walking to School, One Step Closer to Healthier Kids

September 26, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: iWalk, active kids

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Walking to School, One Step Closer to Healthier Kids

Providing kids with opportunities for being physically active can be challenging for parents.  A major contributor to inactive lifestyles is the time spent commuting by car.

Despite your best intentions, driving your kids to school decreases physical activity time and increases sitting time.

Did you know that long periods of sitting is now being referred to as the sitting disease?

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Sodium & Your Heart

September 24, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: Sodium, heart health, resources

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Sodium and Your Heart

Did you know that September 29th is World Heart Day?

One of the best ways to show your heart you care is through healthy eating. Reducing your intake of dietary sodium is a key way to lower your chances of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.

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Fourth Annual Sports Day in Canada

September 19, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: undefined

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Fourth Annual Sports Day in Canada

Canada is a nation that offers a wide variety of sporting opportunities from grassroots to high performance. There's our long tradition and domination in ice hockey to paddling rivers where you won't see anyone else for weeks.

Our country offers great opportunities for sport participation across all ages and skill levels. Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island. + MORE

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