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August 2016

Easy Healthy Dinners for Busy School Nights

August 30, 2016 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Easy Healthy Dinners for Busy School Nights

With the school year just around the corner it’s time to get back on track with healthy meals that the whole family can enjoy. If you have kids, you know that picky eating can often be a challenge. Inviting kids into the kitchen to help make their own meals is one way to overcome meal time battles. Here are two tried and true meal ideas, and a handful of meal planning tips to try with your family.

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3 Ways Being Active Saves You Money

August 25, 2016 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Being active and exercising can save you money

Living these days is not cheap. City folks have to deal with expensive housing while those living in rural communities have to pay extra to get specialty items. Along with the many expenses we have in life, there is a misconception that being active is costly. Sure, the cost can add up if you buy top-notch equipment, use boutique fitness facilities, and wear designer workout clothing. However, my goal is that by the end of this article you’ll see how being active can actually save you money. Here a few examples to start off. + MORE

Selling Fruits and Veggies: A Healthy Way to Raise Money for Schools

August 23, 2016 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags:

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Selling fruits and veggies: a healthy way to raise money for schools

The Fresh to You Fundraiser is a program offered in the fall that supports fundraising initiatives at BC schools while promoting healthy food choices. Seasonal and locally -grown fruits and veggies are sold to students’ family and friends, helping schools make a 40 per cent profit which, in turn, supports the clubs and programs kids love.

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Pedestrian Safety Tips to Teach Kids

August 18, 2016 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Pedestrian safety tips to teach kids

Walking is active transportation which can help kids establish a lifelong habit of physical activity. Children’s abilities to judge risk and choose safe walking routes and places to cross the street change as they grow. Research shows that they don’t have the capacity to make good road user decisions until about the age of 10. Even after that age, they still need instruction from adults on choosing where and how to walk safely.

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Back-to-School Walk and Bike Route Planning Guide

August 17, 2016 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Back to school walk and bike route planning guide

Not to date myself, but back in my day I walked to school every day (even in the winter, and I didn’t freeze) and so did most of my peers. We weren’t trying to be healthy, it’s just what everyone did. Some parents may have concerns about letting their children walk to school. Read the options below that will help you and your child feel more confident and safe on their walk or bike ride.

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