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The Perfect Push-up for Anyone

October 22, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: push-up, posturing

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The Perfect Push-up for Anyone

Modified push-ups on a park bench, kitchen counter, desk, stairs, or wall are a great way to increase your strength and continually improve your physical fitness throughout the day.

The nuts and bolts of the perfect modified push-up:

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When Did We Get So Thirsty?

October 18, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: portion size, Sugary drinks, thirst

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When Did We Get So Thirsty?

On the weekend, Joanna and I (yes, we spend time together outside of work too…it’s adorable) were shopping for boots.

After each trying on 30 different pairs of boots, we were thirsty, so we made a quick stop for lunch to refuel. The drink options came in two sizes: regular and large (small wasn’t an option.)

As thirsty as we were, we didn’t even finish the regular size. + MORE

Nutrition for Autism: Putting it into Context

October 16, 2012 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: General Information, Food & Nutrition | Tags: Autism, nutrition

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Nutrition for Autism: Putting it into Context

As much as I enjoy writing, I didn’t enjoy taking English literature in school.

The curriculum always seemed short sighted. Being asked to answer questions such as “What did the author mean when he cast a shadow of a blackberry on the tail of the bluebird?” felt ridiculous and insignificant. I didn’t really care what something meant to the author (a stranger to me).What I wanted to be asked was: “What does this mean to you right now?”

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Bring Back Play!

October 15, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: physical fitness, exercise, active

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Bring Back Play!

There’s been a dramatic increase in the unhealthy weights of Canadian youth (i.e. 15% in 1978 vs. 29 % in 2007).

Adolescents who’ve been at an unhealthy weight for the majority of their childhood generally have a hard time outgrowing this problem. In many cases they may continue to gain weight with age. This significantly increases their risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and certain forms of cancer. It can affect their confidence levels, mental health and physical literacy throughout life.

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Ready, Set, Shop!

October 11, 2012 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: shopping, groceries, shopping sense

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Ready, Set, Shop!

Lured by promises of amazing food from his grill, I used to count down the hours to Sunday dinners at my friend’s place. Not only was he a grill master, but he prided himself on the fact that he could shop for his ingredients in record time.

He arranged his shopping list in the order that he would come upon the items in the store. Then, when he was shopping, he would yell out “Bam! There it is!” when he came across spinach and “Hey look, what’s next on the list? Gruyere! There it is, right there” with a big smirk on his face. His wife rolled his eyes at every mention, but he loved his system. + MORE

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