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Getting Ready for Your First Big Bike Ride

July 31, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: clothing, gloves, helmet, shorts, jacket, emergency kit, gears, cadence, hydration

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Getting Ready for Your First Big Bike Ride

A few weeks ago, I provided you with a few helpful tools to get you out and started on your cycling journey. Today, I want to add a few more key recommendations for those ready to take it to the next level.

Cycling events like GranFondos, charity rides, or Centuries (events of 100 km or 100 miles - be sure to check which one beforehand!!) are challenging, but can be extremely rewarding. You’ll enjoy amazing scenery, good camaraderie, and of course the bragging rights that come along with such an accomplishment. + MORE

A Bucket List of Summer Activities

July 24, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: summer, stargazing, tennis, badminton, trail, beach, frisbee, beach volleyball

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A Bucket List of Summer Activities

We’re now well into summer and I hope you’re having as much fun as I am. To help you take full advantage of the rest of the summer I talked to the qualified exercise professionals at the Physical Activity Line and together we created a bucket list of activities that we wanted to share. Think you can cross ‘em all off by September? I’m sure gonna try. + MORE

6 Tasty Tips for Your Next Outdoor Feast

July 22, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: barbecues, potlucks, picnics, summer, eat outdoors, cook outdoors

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6 Tasty Tips for Your Next Outdoor Feast

Call up your family and friends. It’s time to get together with tasty food in the great outdoors! Whether you’re hosting or a guest, here are healthy food ideas for your next sunny-patio potluck, park picnic, or backyard barbecue. + MORE

Let’s get outside and celebrate Canada’s Parks Day

July 17, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: parks, BC Parks, Canada's Parks Day, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, biking

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Let’s get outside and celebrate Canada’s Parks Day

Visitors come to Canada from around the globe; our country known for its breathtaking geography, amazing wildlife, and untouched wilderness. With lakes, tundra, forests, and prairies, visitors can try a wide variety of different activities such as canoeing, snowshoeing, hiking, or horseback riding (just to name a few). + MORE

Eat BC’s Best This Summer

July 15, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags: eating locally, local produce, BC produce, support local farmers, saving money

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Eat BC’s Best This Summer

The only thing I can think of that’s better than biting into the sweetness of summer produce is…biting into the sweetness of LOCAL summer produce! Nothing beats freshly picked juicy strawberries or a crisp corn on the cob roasted at a family BBQ. Some of my favorite childhood memories are from visiting local farms and markets and bringing home baskets of fresh fruits and veggies, which my mom then turned into delicious feasts. On top of tasting great - local, seasonal foods offer other benefits including: + MORE

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