In this 3:30 minute TED Talk, Matt Cutts shares his experience with doing various 30 day challenges (take a picture everyday for a month, ride your bike to work, stay away from sugar etc.). In particular, he found that doing these challenges:
made his time much more memorable, instead of the months just flying by;
improved his self confidence and sense of adventure;
proved that small changes are sustainable.
He finishes the talk with a fantastic statement,
“the next 30 days will pass whether you like it or not. So why not think about something that you’ve always wanted to try, and give it a shot for the next 30 days.”
Do you have a big bags of carrots in the fridge and don’t know what to do with them? Watch this quick video and learn how to make a Moroccan Carrot and Orange Salad. The salad only has 5 ingredients and takes only minutes to make.
This is a great article if you’ve ever found yourself in the kitchen wondering which oil you should be cooking with. In this article from www.acefitness.org, you will learn the cooking uses, the type of fat and smoke point (important so you don’t smoke out your kitchen) for the following oils:
You’ve probably heard that extra virgin olive oil is good for you (hello, Mediterranean diet) and that margarine is bad for you (trans fats). But what kinds of oils are best for your health? And which ones are best suited for high-temperature cooking like sautéing, stir-frying and baking versus better for salad dressing and finishing sauces? Most people are familiar with basic cooking oils, such as canola and vegetable oils, and the most popular kid on the block (with a mixed reputation), coconut oil. If you’re feeling a bit confused, we’ll help you sort things out. Click here to read the rest.
Parents are becoming more and more aware of what goes into the food they feed their family. Whether it be because of allergies, sensitivities or simply a desire to eat better, we are becoming more educated on the food we eat.
And once you start reading all the labels of your child’s favorite snack foods, you realize that you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients, never mind knowing if they are healthy or not.
In this video you will learn a simple recipe (only 4 ingredients) so that you can make your own, healthy, fishy crackers.
Just about any sport or physical activity will help to develop physical literacy and good movement skills. However, if you had to pick one sport that developed the most skills and capacities, it would have to be soccer.
Soccer develops 7 key areas:
ABCs – not what you think
Jumping, hopping, skipping, galloping, and dodging
Throwing and catching
Tracking the movement of an object in flight
To learn more about each of these areas, click here to read the entire article.
Nutella is a favorite breakfast spread for a lot of children. And if you listen to the commercials, you hear that it’s also nutritious. Or is it? In this 4:30 video, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, of www.weightmatters.ca, shows us how to make Nutella and what Nutella and Oreo cookies have in common.
Your days are packed solid. Sometimes (okay, most of the time), it’s impossible to even consider adding anything to the schedule.
But helping your kids learn to move doesn’t have to be a chore. You don’t have to schedule it. You don’t have to add anything to your family’s already hectic day.
At Active for Life we’re all busy parents just like you. We know how difficult it can be to find time. So we asked each other to share some fun ways that we practice fundamental movement skills with our kids at home, just by tweaking the things children do every day anyway.
There’s no need to announce that it’s time to work on skills. By making it fun for kids, they won’t even realize that they are practicing movement skills. They’ll just enjoy the activities.
The added bonus is you might end up getting some more help around the house!
Hop to it. After breakfast, hop or skip to the bathroom to brush their teeth. If one-foot hopping, don’t forget to switch legs.
Catch a snack. Instead of putting snacks directly into their backpacks, throw them instead! This works well with oranges, apples, and boxes of raisins.
Sock toss. While the kids put away their laundry, have them toss a rolled up sock into the air in front of them and then catch it with their non-dominant hand. When this becomes easy, get them to do it while moving around.
Step on the crack. During the morning walk to school, develop balance by walking along cracks in the sidewalk as if they were a tightrope.
Be a stork. At the grocery store (or anywhere else you’re waiting in line), balance on one foot. Don’t forget to change feet!
Kick it. On the way home from school, kick a rock along the sidewalk. The purpose is to keep the same rock in play and not to kick it too hard or too far.
Stair jump. If your kids are old enough to do this safely, have them try walking backwards down the stairs or jumping up the stairs with both feet.
Do the can-can. While the kids are helping put away groceries, challenge them to balance cans on the palms of their hands.
Backwards brush. Before bed kids can brush their teeth with their non-dominant hand (but make sure they go back over them with their dominant hand to avoid an angry dentist).
Laundry shoot. Throw dirty clothes into the laundry basket by shooting them in from a couple of feet away. As their accuracy improves, increase the distance.
Even choosing just one of these a day will help your kids develop skills like balance, throwing, catching, jumping, and kicking.
Weight loss happens to be one of the most popular goals that people set. Sandra Aamodt is a neuroscientist and science writer, who takes the complexities of neuroscience research and whips them into fun reads that give people a better understanding of their minds and behavior. In this 12 minute video she shares some of the research that helps to explain why diets don’t work.
Here are a few of the highlights:
The set point for the weight that your body likes to be at is actually a range of 10-15 pounds
If you lose 10% of your body weight your metabolism will slow down 250-400 calories per day
You can take control of your health by taking control of your lifestyle, even if you can’t lose weight
The typical outcome of dieting is that you’ll gain more weight in the long run
A lot of weight gain boils down to eating when you’re not hungry
If diets actually worked, we would all be thin right now
At its worst, dieting causes collateral damage (weight obsession, eating disorders etc.)
At its best, dieting is a waste of time and energy
So, what’s the solution?
Sit down for regular meals, without any distractions
The City of Abbotsford has been chosen to offer the MEND (mind, exercise, nutrition, do-it) program which is funded through the Ministry of Health. This 10 week program is a fun, free program for families with 7-13 year olds who are above a healthy weight. The program facilitates safe, effective and lasting lifestyle changes by improving children’s physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem.
Program starts January 7, 2014. Space is limited to 15 families.
Call or email now to secure your spot.
At the end of a long day when you are harried, hurried and your family is hungry, that’s not a question you want to hear – especially if you’re asking yourself the same thing! Eating out or ordering in is an option for some busy days, but for families watching their budget there’s a better strategy to regularly put healthy, quick meals on the table.
Our three-step strategy – Get Organized, Plan Ahead, and Make a List – is designed to put you in the driver’s seat so that you have everything you need on hand to take the chore out of meal preparation.
Here is one of the free resources on the site for planning ahead, the meal planner tool. A really simple way to plan out what meals you want to cook. Click here to download your own copy and click here to view the other tools and resources that are available.