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Canada’s New Food Guide: Understanding Plant-based Protein Foods

February 5, 2019 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: General Information, Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Health Canada released a new Canada’s Food Guide last month, which likely isn’t news to you since it received a large amount of media coverage across all platforms.

This blog post is the first in a series of four posts about Canada’s new Food Guide, which was released by Health Canada on January 22. Check back here each Tuesday for more information on our new dietary guidelines.

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Stay Healthy This Flu Season

January 21, 2019 by | Posted in: General Information | Tags:

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Influenza, also called the flu, is a viral upper airway infection that starts in fall and continues through winter into early spring. It is important to understand influenza and how to prevent the spread of infection, especially if you, your family or people you spend time with are vulnerable to infections. Vulnerable populations include:

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Twelve Ways for Outdoor Holiday Play

December 20, 2018 by Zainisha Vasanji, Ph.D., CSEP-CEP | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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The holiday season is upon us and with it typically comes visiting with family or friends, watching Christmas movies or reclining while digesting delicious holiday foodstuffs. This can mean more “sedentary behaviour”, a phrase which comes from the Latin word “sedere” meaning “to sit”, and sitting too much can have negative effects on our health (increases our risk for chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes to name a few) even when we are meeting the minimum physical activity guidelines.

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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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