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Quitting Smoking is Easier with Support of a Partner

February 7, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Smoking | Tags:

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Quitting smoking is easier with partner support

With Valentine’s Day approaching, most people think of chocolates and flowers as the time-honoured gift for that special someone. But this Valentine’s Day, consider a different kind of gift – the commitment to a smoke-free relationship.

Studies show that quitting smoking is better together. When one partner in a couple quits smoking, the other partner is more likely to quit successfully as well. On the other hand, it’s tougher to stay smoke-free with a partner around who continues to smoke. Quitting smoking is tough. Why not make it a bit easier by tackling it with someone you love?

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How to Use Resistance Bands

February 1, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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How to use resistance bands

No matter your size or physical activity level, everyone has similar muscles.

For example, a person doing a normal, daily activity like squatting down to get a laundry basket is doing a movement very similar to an Olympic Power Lifter squatting several times their body weight. Both people have the same muscles, but the difference is in how well their muscles have been trained with resistance training. + MORE

Canada’s Food Guide: What Changes to Expect

January 23, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Canada food guide changes

There has been a lot of media buzz around the upcoming changes to Canada’s Food Guide, but some of the information floating around isn’t quite right. Here’s a summary of what you need to know.

Why is the Food Guide being updated? 

Canada’s Food Guide was first released in 1942 to let people know the minimum amounts of foods they needed to eat to help protect them from nutritional deficiencies during war time and rations. + MORE

Is 10,000 Steps a Day Enough?

January 18, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Is 10,000 Steps a Day Enough?

Counting steps is easier than ever. We have access to pedometers, smart phone apps, and fitness trackers to help us stay on track.

For a lot of us, hitting that 10,000 step mark is a badge of pride! Yup, you’ve had an active day, so pat yourself on the back. But, is 10,000 steps all the activity you need to achieve health benefits?

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Winter Soups and Stews

January 16, 2018 by Catherine Atchison, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Recipes | Tags:

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Winter Soups and Stews

We’ve passed winter solstice and the start of the new year. Now I’m looking forward to longer days!

In the meantime, and to help me appreciate the seasons, I enjoy soups and stews to warm me up and feel cozy.

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