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Take 5 Minutes to Reflect Before the New Year

December 30, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: General Information | Tags:

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New Year's resolutions and reflection

As we reflect on another year past, most of us begin to focus on changes we can make for a healthier year ahead. The first thing that comes to mind is New Year’s resolutions. Whether you are looking to improve your diet, increase your physical activity, or join a new sport, start small. New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t be stressful. Instead, make realistic, achievable goals. Read more about goal setting.

Also use this time of reflection to think about all that was accomplished over the year. What did you achieve? + MORE

Answers to Your Holiday Food Safety Questions

December 22, 2015 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Holiday Food Safety

The holidays are a special time to spend with loved ones and for many, an opportunity to exercise their culinary skills.

Whether you’re experimenting with new recipes or re-creating tried and true family favourites, it’s important to avoid spoiling the fun with food-borne illness.

Here are answers to some common food safety questions to help keep everyone healthy.

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Here’s Your Plan for an Active New Year

December 17, 2015 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Fitness for the new year

Are you all ready for your holiday celebrations? We hope you‘re finding time to relax, be active, and enjoy your beautiful surroundings. If you’re anything like me and still at the mall shopping for last minute gifts, make sure to walk that extra lap (or two) before you leave!

Over the holidays, I like to take the time to reflect on what I accomplished this past year. I also think about what I want to improve or achieve next year. For me, being specific about what I want to achieve and how I will do it, has always been the biggest motivator. + MORE

Fun Food Facts for the Holidays

December 16, 2015 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Food brings people of all ages and relations together. By sharing a meal together, parents, grandparents, friends and kids gather round and share stories while building new and lasting memories. It’s also an opportunity to role model healthy eating habits and choices for children. Over the holidays, conversations linger and often include fun quotes, jokes and quirky facts about food and tradition. One quote shared with me that rings true is that ‘one’s love for food may be the most genuine type of love’. + MORE

Checklist for a Fun, Safe, and Active Winter

December 11, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Checklist for a fun, safe and active winter

Whether you’re a fan of the snow and colder weather or not, there are some fun things you can only do this time of year. Resist the urge to hibernate inside all winter. Instead, connect with family and friends to play games, try new sports, embark on snowy adventures or take a walk around town to look at festive decorations. Use these tips to stay active, safe, and healthy. + MORE

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