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All Smiles: Food and Drink Tips for Healthy Teeth

September 17, 2013 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: dental health, kids, smiles

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All Smiles: Food and Drink Tips for Healthy Teeth

Nothing warms the heart like a big smile from a child.

As parents and care providers we can help children keep a healthy smile by giving some thought to the food and drinks we offer them each day.

3 Tips for a Healthy Smile: + MORE

Back to School but Staying Active: Tips for Parents

September 12, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: parents, fitness, back to school

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Back to School but Staying Active: Tips for Parents

September is a busy time for parents.

Time becomes precious in the midst of getting children off to school and to extra-curricular activities, helping with homework, and tending to workplace and household responsibilities. Unfortunately, the first thing we often put off is our own workout!

But, the message is simple: the benefits of physical activity are numerous and can occur at relatively low volumes and in small bouts. + MORE

Energy Drinks and Kids Don't Mix

September 10, 2013 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: energy drinks, Sugary drinks, teens

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Energy Drinks and Kids Don't Mix

There's a new wave of 'organic,' 'all natural' and 'chemical-free' energy drinks hitting the shelves.

These new drinks arrive on the heels of the US Food and Drug Administration investigation into deaths suggested to be linked to energy drinks and reports of adverse reactions received by Health Canada. The question is, are these new 'natural' energy drinks safe for children and teens? + MORE

The Positive Effects of Physical Activity on Grades

September 6, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: studying, exercise, benifits

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The Positive Effects of Physical Activity on Grades

Remember when you were 12 years old and you enjoyed being physically active?

Meantime, your parents and teachers wanted to make sure that you had every opportunity for a quality education.

In the past, it was thought that physical activity time, like recess, took away from academic success. Fortunately today, researchers and teachers know that active children tend to do better in school. So yes, playing tag, making snow forts and enjoying soccer games can all help in achieving good grades. + MORE

Taking the Stress out of Back to School

September 5, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: mental health & well-being, back to school

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Taking the Stress out of Back to School

Today's blog is written by Julie Adams, Policy Analyst at the BC Ministry of Health.

Julie focuses on mental health promotion and works to improve the mental health of all British Columbians; including those that are currently living with a mental illness and those who are currently not.

Thanks for being our Guest Blogger Julie! + MORE

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