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Make Sure Water is Safe to Drink When Camping and Hiking

August 2, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Make Sure Water is Safe to Drink When Camping and Hiking

Summers are wonderful for exploring BC’s beautiful wilderness. With a little knowledge and some preparation, you can make sure the water you drink during your outdoorsy vacation will be safe and clean.

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Tasty Ways to Add Veggie Tops to Meals

August 1, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Vegetables and Fruit | Tags:

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Tasty Ways to Add Veggie Tops to Meals

Think twice before you throw away those carrot tops. Many vegetable tops, including the greens on carrots, beets, radishes, and turnips can be eaten. Similar to other leafy greens, like spinach and Swiss chard, these greens are packed with nutrients like vitamin A and vitamin C. They are an excellent way to add vegetables to your meal while saving you money by reducing food waste. Why not try something new?!

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What Can We Learn From an Attempt at Breaking the 2 Hour Marathon

July 27, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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What we can learn from the 2 hour marathon attempt

The limits of human endurance have recently been pushed.

On May 6, 2017, Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya attempted to break the two hour mark for running a marathon. The attempt was unofficial (it was not sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federation) and unsuccessful. Nonetheless, Eliud’s time of 2:00:25 is no small feat! And it was well under the current world record of 2:02:57 ran by fellow countryman Dennis Kimetto at the Berlin Marathon in 2014.

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Bike, Walk, Drive: Share the Road and Keep Each Other Safe

July 26, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Bike, walk, drive: share the road and keep each other safe

With the sunny weather here, you may see more people on bikes and out walking.

Roads are shared systems for people on bicycles, people who walk and people who drive. Roads vary in design across communities, but no matter where you live, road safety is important for all road users.

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What is Clean Eating?

July 25, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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What is Clean Eating?

Is it my imagination, or is everyone talking about “clean eating”?

I heard about this diet when my friend asked for advice on how to eat “cleaner”. My first thought was, “Clean eating? I wash my produce…isn’t that enough?” After digging into the meaning of this term, I found a lot of different ideas about what I had to do to “eat clean”. This is one of the [many] problems with clean eating and other fad diets; it seems that everyone is an “expert” and has their own ideas and advice.

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