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May 2016

Healthier Meal and Recipe Ideas for Camping

May 31, 2016 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Healthier Meal and Recipe Ideas for Camping

It’s the time of year when many families start planning for camping trips at the amazing parks spread across our province. If you’ve never gone camping maybe this is the year you venture out and give it a try; it’s one of the most affordable travel options. It’s also a great way for families to connect with each other and nature, unplug from digital devices and create lasting memories.

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The What and Why of Plain Packaging for Cigarettes

May 30, 2016 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Smoking | Tags:

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The what and why of plain packaging for cigarettes

People recognize cigarette packages and tobacco products by colours, logos and designs. But what if all cigarette packages looked the same – from the colours to the text displaying the brand? It’s already happening.

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding for Exercise

May 26, 2016 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding for Exercise

You know life’s good when you’re SUPing at the beach, catching some sun, and enjoying a beach picnic! No, I’m not talking about asking your buddy “what’s up,” but rather stand-up paddle boarding, called SUP for short. Stand-up paddle board combines standing (or kneeling) on surfboards and using a paddle to propel yourself. You can do it in urban and rural areas, basically anywhere there’s water.

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Best Food and Drinks for Hydration

May 24, 2016 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Best food and drinks to stay hydrated

Good hydration helps you feel energetic and alert. Staying hydrated can also help prevent heatstroke, muscle cramps and dehydration, plus it helps keeps your digestive system working well. Drinking fluids is the main way to stay hydrated. Fluids include water, milk, juice, broth, soups, coffee and tea. But did you know that solid foods provide about 20-30 per cent of your daily water intake while the remaining 70-80 per cent come from fluids?

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How Sailing Can be a Workout

May 19, 2016 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Fitness on a sailboat

With warmer weather rolling in I’ve noticed more sailboats on the water while on my morning runs. It looks really peaceful. Imagine it: you at the helm, the boat slicing through the water with the sunrise. Being curious I set off on a quest to learn the physical activity benefits of sailing; here’s what I found.

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