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September 2017

The Cost of Physical Inactivity

September 21, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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The cost of physical inactivity

I sometimes hear people say that being active is expensive. A new pair of sneakers, a gym or pool membership, or hiring a personal trainer can all get costly, it’s true.

There are, however, many low-cost to no-cost physical activities available and being inactive has much larger financial (and health!) costs on you. Let’s weigh our options.

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Packing School Lunches

September 21, 2017 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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If you have kids, congratulations on making it through the first month back at school. Getting into the fall routine can be tough, and the monotony of packing school lunches five days a week can quickly feel mind numbing. How many times is it okay to send a cheese sandwich? What if you put it in a tortilla and call it a cheese burrito? + MORE

Safely Enjoy Meals with BC Oysters and Scallops

September 19, 2017 by Catherine Atchison, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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BC scallop and oyster food safety

When I was a child, my family would visit friends on Vancouver Island for a big summer celebration. I have great memories of my Dad teaching us kids how to gather, shuck and cook oysters to add a taste of the ocean to our dinner.

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Fall Harvest: a Fun Way to Get Active as a Family

September 14, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Fall Harvest: a fun way to get active as a family

The end of summer and beginning of fall are prime time for fruit and vegetable picking. Biting into an apple that was freshly picked and washed from a tree seconds ago is a sensory overload for your taste buds that I must recommend. Other than being super tasty and nutritiously healthy, there are actual physical benefits to fruit picking.

First off, it’s a great way to be active. When out, you’re walking from tree to tree and bush to bush to collect your harvest. This is a great way to avoid the sitting disease and work on your aerobic fitness.

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Helping Your Child Stay Well in University or College

September 12, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Parenting young adults going to university and college

For many parents, seeing your child go off to post-secondary can be bitter sweet. It’s exciting! They’re entering a new phase of life and exploring their independence. On the other, hand your baby is leaving home for the first time; you’re hoping they’ll make the right decisions and have a meaningful taste of adulthood. + MORE

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