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February 2012

Follow the Leader!

"Think your community has what it takes to be a provincial leader in eating healthy and being active? Of course they do! We can all make simple changes to lead healthier lifestyles and set good examples for our families and communities by doing so. "

Healthy Hearts

"February is national Heart Month, and seeing how tomorrow is also Valentine's day, it's a great time to look at the health of your own ticker and the one you love."

Home Economics 101: a Brown Bagged Lunch

"Without a doubt serving and promoting safe and healthy food in schools is very important. It can play a significant role in teaching youth and encouraging healthy eating, active living and the acceptance and appreciation of people of all shape and sizes. "

January 2012

Beating Winter Blues with Nutrition

"It's thought that each year 2-3% of Canadians suffer from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. About another 15% of us have milder winter blues."

Portions Out the Window

"Starting today standard cup sizes have changed. Instead of introducing a 'new' extra large size, each size has shifted down one to make way for a larger serving."

Child Food Marketing

"According to information released last week by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Canadians say obesity is the most important health issue facing our children and youth."

Out with the Old, and in with the Real Deal

"Navigating the grocery aisle today can require a degree in chemistry, and so singling out one ingredient could be simplifying the choice between healthy and junk for some consumers, right? Wrong."

New Years Resolutions

"Nearly two thirds of people make New Year resolutions or have made resolutions in the past. Of the resolutions made in recent years, 30% are related to diet, weight and/or health."

December 2011

Watching Weight on your Wish List?

"Holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family and food, and contrary to what many think, you can have all three without putting on the extra pounds!"

Healthy Holiday Gifts

"A gift of health is truly something that keeps on giving. When you think about it, really, there's no better gift you can give than that."

Extreme grocery couponing for healthy holidays

"Remember couponing? It's making a big comeback. Perhaps you've seen TLC's show Extreme Couponing? Well there's actually a way to get some deals similar to this but do it the healthfully too."

November 2011

Warning: This Food May Give You _____

"Ever popular is the discussion of a food tax for controlling obesity, but what about another equally polarizing strategy: warning labels on food."

Popular Not-So-Good-for-You 'Diets'

"I suppose it started about 100 years ago with 'No diet, no baths, no exercise. FAT - the enemy that is shortening your life - BANISHED. How? With sanitized tapeworms"

At the Tip of the Iceberg for Diabetes

"Did you know that Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the country? Future forecasts expect this to increase too, at an alarming rate."

Movember

"November is Movember. For those of you who don't know, it's a month for men around the world to grow moustaches and raise awareness about male health..."

October 2011

Healthy Halloween Tricks & Tips

"Aside from being the food police (with or without costume!) there are tricks caregivers can try to ensure kids have a healthy and still happy Halloween with treats."

The Hunger Puzzle

"Empowerment of women, the price of food, livestock, and the specific food we eat - all crucial pieces, which, when placed in the right spot could solve the picture."

Taxing unhealthier foods. It is the way to go?

"It affects everything from milk, to oil and packaged products. The money generated from this new tax will be used to fight obesity in that country."

Discovering the health benefits of cocoa and dark chocolate

"Feel good, not bad. Why? Because certain types of chocolate and cocoa can actually be good for us!"

Food matters for Breast Cancer Prevention

"We hear a lot about eating well to prevent cancers of things like the stomach, bowel and prostate, but not so much for breast cancer."

September 2011

Eat well, but don't starve a cold or fever

"It's an old wives tale- feed a cold, starve a fever. There are many myths and misinformation when it comes to nutrition, our immune systems, and cold and flu prevention."

A Tale of two Fish

"To know the difference between Atlantic and Pacific is somewhat self-explanatory, but what about the difference between farmed and wild?"

How Food Secure Are We?

"With the continuing food insecurity problem in the Horn of Africa, perhaps it might be good to take some time to consider our own provincial food situation."

Back to School, Breakfast and Health

"Yes, the benefits involve eating breakfast itself and hopefully nutritious food, but the benefits go beyond that as well, and some of them may surprise you."

August 2011

Trans fat and Sodium Regulations

"About six months ago the sodium reduction group put forth by Health Canada was quietly disbanded, and now just last week the plans to reduce artery-clogging trans fats seem to have also been abandoned."

Keeping Abreast

"'You may have seen some strange things, but breastfeeding isn't one of them.' It's all part of a new provincial breastfeeding campaign to increase public awareness and support..."

Variety is the Spice of Life

"Next time you're strolling through the produce section of the grocery store, when you stumble across an unusually shaped or oddly coloured fruit or vegetable why not put it in the cart!"

6 Tips for Green Eating

"The idea of 'green' eating presented here is simply something to help people be food conscious and healthy, save money, and perhaps do their part to help the earth."

Food Preservation

"Many summer season foods can easily be preserved, making for quick, and nutritious meals throughout long fall and winter months. For those looking to have healthful access to favorite foods year round below are do-it-yourself tips."

July 2011

Organic, Natural Food and More – What's the Difference?

"You've likely seen it labelled or advertised in the grocery store, and featured on the news, but do you know what they mean?"

The Truth About Coffee

"There has been an influx of information in my email inbox recently on coffee being 'good for this,' 'but not so good for that' and so I thought it was about time to set the record straight..."

Summer Eats that Beat the Heat

"Now that we have some nice weather it's a good time to talk about healthy drinks and eats for hot summer months."

June 2011

Health Wealth of Community Gardening

"A community garden is essentially a garden planted, and used by group of people. There are so many benefits to partaking in a community garden, and specifically for St. John's, we have many options and locations to choose from!"

Grocery Savings

"After housing, average households spend more on groceries than anything else. It's a no brainer that cutting down on your grocery bill can save you big bucks."

Being Summer Food Safe

"With the recent food-borne illness outbreak from bean sprouts originating in Germany, food safety is surely on a lot of minds these days."

Do Dad a Favour on His Big Day

"Simple lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating and physical activity can help address mens health concerns including heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes and prostate health."

The Skinny on Salt

"High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease. Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing alcohol intake and watching our weight are diet driven approaches that can help to play a major role in reducing our risk."

May 2011

Eating Well During BBQ Season

"Barbequed food, like almost any other, can be healthy. This is highly dependent on what we cook and how we do so."

Mindless Eating

"Without thought you’ve eaten half a pack of Jamjams while browsing Facebook. Or perhaps it was the full bag of chips while watching Republic of Doyle. We’ve all been guilty of it at one time or another. It's called mindless eating."

Detoxing and Cleansing 101

"Consumers should know that currently these regimes and diet are not regulated in Canada. This means that claims made by manufactures, such as 'This product can help get rid of toxins making you store fat' or 'Product x is an all natural weight loss product' are unfounded."

Gluten free for me?

"Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition where the body reacts negatively towards foods containing a substance called gluten ... Untreated, [it] can lead to nutritional deficiency, infertility, depression, neurological problems and even digestive cancers."

Vote No on Diet Day

"Friday, May 6th, is International No Diet Day (INDD) - a day to recognize body acceptance and body shape diversity ... Not only do many of us think about how we shouldn't be eating certain foods, but we also focus largely on the numbers on the scale."

April 2011

All About Alcohol

"April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a great opportunity to raise awareness around alcohol and encourage people to make healthy and safe beverage choices. We all know that alcohol in excess over time can contribute to adverse health effects..."

A Vacation Eating Survival Guide

"It seems to be that time of year when people board planes for all-inclusive destinations and Caribbean cruises. Eating healthy, while still indulging moderately, during a vacation and all year round is really the key."

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