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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

Recipes and Tips for School Lunches

September 3, 2013 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: meal planning, school lunches, kids

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Recipes and Tips for School Lunches

If you're still teary from dropping your child off for the first day of school, grab a tissue, know it will get easier and keep reading.

Back to school lunches are nothing to fear. Becoming a lunch box expert just requires a little planning and a few handy tools.

What do I pack for lunch?

A well balanced lunch includes at least one food from every food group of Canada's Food Guide. + MORE

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