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Our Top Ten Healthy Eating Blogs from 2013

December 31, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: Healthy Eating, top blogs

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Our Top Ten Healthy Eating Blogs from 2013

What healthy eating topics were you most interested in this year? Our HealthLinkBC dietitians were keen to clear up any confusion around hot topics like gluten-free diets and coconut water while continuing to focus on key messages of healthy eating like, increasing your consumption of vegetables and fruits and decreasing sugary drinks. + MORE

Our Top Ten Physical Activity Blogs from 2013

December 24, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: exercise, top blogs

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As 2013 winds down, many of you are thinking about your goals for 2014. Being healthier is at the top of many people's lists. Unfortunately, over the past 30 years, physical inactivity has increased, this has contributed to a staggering 25% of Canadian adults who are reported to be overweight or obese.

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Nuts and Seeds: Nutritional Powerhouses

December 23, 2013 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: nuts, seeds, nutrition

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Nuts and Seeds: Nutritional Powerhouses

Nuts and seeds contain everything needed to form a new life. That's what makes them so nutritious. Each almond, pecan, sunflower seed and pumpkin seed you snack on or add to your baking is made up of the same three basic parts; the embryo, the endosperm and the shell (or seed coat). This tiny package is loaded with energy and nutrition.

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Give Your Stuffing Recipe a Makeover

December 17, 2013 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: Stuffing, holidays, turkey

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Give Your Stuffing Recipe a Makeover

Stuffing (also called dressing) is a special occasion food that's usually reserved for celebratory meals. If you're planning on celebrating soon, consider adding stuffing to your menu. A stuffed food is like a wrapped gift that delights with every bite.

Typically associated with turkey dinner, stuffing can also be used with fish (stuffed sole), meat cuts (stuffed pork chops), and even vegetables (stuffed peppers). Some families have recipes that have been passed down through the generations, but there's plenty of room for experimentation too. + MORE

How to Dress for Winter Activities

December 10, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: exercise, Winter, outerwear

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How to Dress for Winter Activities

You've probably heard reasons why people don't like to be physically active during winter. Some folks say, "I'll get chilled", "I'll slip," "I'll catch a cold" and my favourite, "my lungs will freeze." As an old saying goes, there's no such thing as bad weather, simply inappropriate clothing.

For the West Coast, a rain-jacket is an essential item. For those living in colder parts of BC, an insulated jacket is more suitable. The number of layers underneath depends on your activity.

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