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Sleep: What’s Enough & Why It’s Important

November 6, 2018 by Zainisha Vasanji, Ph.D., CSEP-CEP | Posted in: General Information, Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Sleep: What’s Enough & Why It’s Important

Daylight Saving Time officially ended at 2:00 am this past Sunday. Despite gaining an extra hour of sleep, you may not feel more rested. “Falling back” may seem great but that 1-hour change in time can disrupt our sleep, specifically our sleep-wake cycle, for up to a week. During that period, people may wake-up earlier (at pre-change wake-up times), have trouble falling asleep and wake up through the night. Short sleepers (less than 7.5 hours per night) and morning types may have the most trouble adjusting to the autumn time change. Resetting and maintaining our sleep-wake cycle is important as sleep provides numerous health benefits. Before learning what these are, have a look at what a healthy amount of sleep is.

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Back to School and Back to Work: Ideas on staying active as a family during the busy back to school

September 18, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity, Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Back to School and Back to Work: Ideas on staying active as a family during the busy back to school

Winter is Coming! We’ve said goodbye to summer time and now it’s back to school and back to work.

The start of a new school year can be chaotic to say the least. As a parent, it’s all about getting the family organized and back into a routine, which can take up a lot of time and energy. Juggling schedules, getting the kids to school and then yourself to work on time can make it hard for physical activity to be a priority not only for your children but also for yourself.

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Physical Literacy in the Early Years

August 28, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity, Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Physical Literacy in the Early Years

What do running, jumping, and throwing have in common? They are all things that kids love to do, and at the same time are key building blocks for being physically active for life. What I’m talking about is physical literacy. Physical Literacy is having the movement vocabulary (fundamental movement skills) and motivation, confidence and competence to move for a lifetime!

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Breaking down the Canadian 24 hour movement guidelines for children and youth

July 24, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity, Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Breaking down the Canadian 24 hour movement guidelines for children and youth

When it comes to your kids, it can often seem like there isn’t enough time in the day for everything to get done. Between checking that they’ve finished their homework and that they’ve brushed their teeth, you also need to make sure they’re staying active and getting enough sleep.

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Answers to Questions about Perinatal Anxiety

January 10, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Answers to Questions about Perinatal Anxiety

Whether you are a new parent experiencing perinatal anxiety, a partner to someone who is, a friend, or a family member, know that you are not alone. These conditions are very common.

Having information about what you might be experiencing and knowing where to get support can help.

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