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Stay Connected: Family, Community and Mental Health for Seniors

December 19, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: General Information | Tags:

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Stay connected: family, community and mental health for seniors

One secret of aging well is to stay connected with family, friends and community. Share your time, life-experience, wisdom and humour with younger generations, and stay healthy, happy and engaged.

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Using Recreation Centres to Stay Active

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

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Using recreation centres to stay active

Resources I often recommend at Physical Activity Services are local recreation centres. Most likely your town or city has a recreation department. Bigger towns may have a dedicated aquatic centre, arena, and community centre, while smaller towns may have an all-purpose centre. These centres offer communities a place to be active, socialize and even learn something new. They are a resource that can support your family’s healthy lifestyle without blowing your budget.

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Give Your Kids the Gift of Giving

December 13, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Pregnancy & Parenting | Tags:

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Give your kids the gift of giving

When you ask children what they love about the holidays – the answer is usually the presents. It is natural for kids to focus on what’s in it for them. But studies suggest that giving, either gifts or your time to help others, gives a sense of purpose, boosts self-esteem and shifts our attention to making other people happy. This can define and strengthen relationships and increase connection to a supportive social network.

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Fruit and Vegetable Storage

December 12, 2017 by Catherine Atchison, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags:

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Fruit and Vegetable Storage

Have you ever found a puddle of mysterious green goo at the back of the fridge? I’m not sure I should admit it, but I recently bought a bunch of spinach and completely forgot about it until it became a puddle. And, I really hate to waste food, especially with winter prices for vegetables and fruit. Here are some ideas to store vegetables and fruit to keep them fresh.

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Grandparents and Kids Connecting Through Physical Activity

December 7, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Grandparents and kids connecting through physical activity

I recently wrote an article on how older adults are keeping active more than ever (and even breaking fitness records!). If you’re a grandparent, you are in a unique position to be active with your family; especially with grandchildren. It’s common for both parents to work fulltime, so grandparents often play a big role in helping raise and mentor kids. What does this mean for physical activity levels of grandparents and grandchildren? In my opinion, it’s a fantastic thing!

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