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Quit smoking with a new addiction: Physical Activity

July 4, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity, Smoking | Tags:

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Quit smoking with a new addiction: Physical Activity

Making any lifestyle change can be tough, especially when it comes to something like quitting smoking. To achieve quit success often requires a willingness to try out different strategies, and ultimately to find a healthier replacement for your smoking behaviour. It takes a lot of courage, but also requires motivation, time and patience.

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Active Parents = Active Children

June 19, 2018 by Zainisha Vasanji, Ph.D., CSEP-CEP | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Active Parents = Active Children

Have you ever heard the expression “monkey see, monkey do”? It refers to a person who imitates another person’s actions by simply watching them. What does this have to do with physical activity? Parents who perform physical activity can greatly influence their children’s physical activity levels. According to the 2014-2015 Canadian Health Measures Survey, only 12% of children (5 to 11 years) and 4% of youth (12 to 17 years) get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.

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Living our Best Lives: 5 Tips to support an older loved one’s health and well-being

June 12, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Living our Best Lives: 5 Tips to support an older loved one’s health and well-being

Here in British Columbia our life expectancy is the highest in Canada, and among the best in the world! While that’s great news, we also need to think about how we can add life to years, not just years to life.

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The Benefits of Cooking with Your Toddler

June 5, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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The benefits of cooking with your toddler

Many toddlers and their caregivers struggle with periods of picky eating, and my brother and two-year-old niece are no exception. By the time meals and snacks are over, both are often frustrated. But what can you do if your toddler isn’t eating the meals and snacks you prepare? What if they ask for the same foods over and over again and a tantrum ensues if anything different happens? I’ve been asked these questions by many parents, including my brother. Here’s what I’ve told them.

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How to Ride Your Bike to Work or School this Spring!

May 29, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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How to ride your bike to work or school this spring

We are officially into spring. The birds are singing, you might have worn shorts once or twice, and maybe even mowed your lawn. You know what is another great spring activity? Bike riding! If you have thought about biking to work, why not try it this week?  From May 28th to June 3rd, 2018, workers, students and school kids will be participating in Bike to Work Week, and so can you.

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