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Healthy Workplace Month: Traveler's Edition

October 31, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: fitness, travel, Tips

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Healthy Workplace Month: Traveler's Edition

If you're like me, I have a love hate relationship with travel.

I enjoy visiting new cities, meeting people, and discovering cultures, but I'm heartbroken if I have to interrupt my beloved physical activity routine.

It can sometimes take a bit of planning to keep up with physical activity when you're traveling for business.

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A Closer Look at Sugar Alternatives

October 29, 2013 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: sugar, alternatives

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A Closer Look at Sugar Alternatives

In recent years, there has been a growing market for so-called 'natural' sugar alternatives like evaporated sugar cane juice, brown rice syrup, honey, stevia and agave nectar.

Sugar alternatives are marketed as being better than sugar because they may be less refined, and contain small amounts of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Some may also raise your blood sugar more slowly than granulated table sugar (have a lower glycemic index).

They also tend to be more expensive than sugar - but this isn't part of the marketing. + MORE

A Healthy Hallowe'en

October 24, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: hallowe'en, get active

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A Healthy Hallowe'en

Do you find that Hallowe'en and healthy habits don't go together?

My childhood Hallowe'en involved running from house to house filling a pillowcase full of potato chips and candy bars. Luckily lessons on moderation (parent imposed and dentist approved) made my sugary treats last until December!

Hallowe'en (including the weeks leading up to the big night) provide a wonderful opportunity for the whole family, to be active.

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Hallowe'en Party Food

October 22, 2013 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: hallowe'en, recipes

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Hallowe'en Party Food

There's nothing cuter than seeing little kids masquerading as ghosts and goblins, butterflies and monsters at Hallowe'en. Despite their cuteness, many parents are horrified at the amount of candy their little gremlins have access to around this event.

Hosting a party with a few friends and neighbours before or after trick-or-treating is a great way to fill children's superhero bellies with healthy and spooktacular food while taking some of the emphasis off of the candy. + MORE

Physical Activity at Work

October 21, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: healthy workplaces, physical activity

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Physical Activity at Work

Many of us spend a lot of time where we work and a healthy workplace is a more enjoyable place to be.

Employees can rack up to 10.5 hours a day working and commuting.

Including physical activity into this time is important! + MORE

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