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The Pulse 2011 – Abbotsford’s Guide to Healthy Living Released Today!

Healthy Abbotsford is pleased to announce the release of “The Pulse” a first edition feature, from the Abbotsford News, that welcomes you into the world of healthy living.

We partnered with health and wellness experts to provide you with trusted healthy living articles on healthy eating, physical activity, emotional wellness and health and safety. In edition to helpful articles, you will find lots of great resources to help you and your family lead healthy and active lives.

Get your copy today in the Abbotsford News or click on the link below to view The Pulse online.

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When it Comes to Sugary Drinks – Less is Best!

Many Canadians enjoy sweet drinks, but are we overdoing it? Drink companies provide a seemingly endless variety of sugar sweetened drinks, many of which are heavily marketed to children. These drinks are often promoted as energy enhancers, thirst quenchers, performance boosters and even as a heathy part of a balanced diet. So it’s no wonder sweet drinks are so popular, especially with young kids and youth.

The fact is, sugary drinks, such as pop, energy drinks and fruit punch, provide little nutritional value and are packed with extra calories.  This can can lead to the development of unhealthy weights and future health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

So how do limit sugary drinks and encourage your family to choose healthy drinks such as water and milk?

Here are some helpful tips from the Healthy Families BC website.

When Eating Out

  • Order smaller sized drinks and say no to the free refills.
  • Add flavor to water by asking for lemon or lime slices.

When At Home

  • Try making your own smoothies and drinks at home so you can control the amount of added sugar.
  • Serve drinks in smaller glasses or choose smaller sized drink boxes to stock your fridge. 

At the Grocery Store

  • Be sure to read the labels and be aware of the sugar content.
  • Sugary drinks should not be on your shopping list at every trip to the grocery store.

When Out and About

  • Pack a reusable water bottle with you on the go. Keeping hydrated will reduce the urge for sugary drinks.
  • Always pack a water bottle in your child’s backpack.

For more tips click here to see the full article, “Sugary Drinks – Less is Best”.

Child Drinking Milk

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Families Celebrate Healthy Living in Abbotsford

A big thank-you to all the families who came out on Saturday to celebrate Healthy Families in Abbotsford! The event was a great success with about 400-500 people in attendance. Families enjoyed a range of free activities including:

  • Street Hockey and a Hockey shoot-out with the Abbotsford Pilots and Heat Street Team
  • A BBQ of healthier options hosted by Lepps Farm Market
  • Healthy Snacks provided by Save-on-Foods
  • A Children’s Play Zone with a large bouncy castle and a Sport Fit challenge hosted by Pacific Sport.
  • A clown duo (Jack and Doodles) entertaining kids with balloon animals, face painting and a comedy skit.
  • “Touch a Truck” activity with a Fire Truck and a Zamboni
  • A Toddler’s Play Zone filled with fun toys
  • An Art Zone and Photo Booth with plenty of creativity and fun
  • A free public swim and skate to wrap up the event

Families in attendance also received plenty of free swag including t-shirts and pedometers courtesy of Healthy Families BC. One lucky family won a 1-year family membership to the Matsqui or Abbotsford Recreation Centres.

Healthy Abbotsford was pleased to partner with Healthy Families BC for this celebration. We were especially honored to be joined by Mayor Peary, Mayor Fassbender, Dr. Nigel Murray and MLA John van Dongen for a special announcement by the Minister of Health, Mike de Jong.

Minister de Jong, announced that the Province is partnering with communities in a grassroots effort to help families live healthier lifestyles and prevent chronic disease. Consultations with local governments will take place across BC in the coming months, with the intent to launch Healthy Families BC Communities in January 2012.

For more information on this announcement, click here.

Check-out this video of the celebrations and announcements

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Join us on Saturday for Healthy Abbotsford’s FREE FamilyFEST event – Free BBQ, Street Hockey, Active Challenges and More!

Healthy Abbotsford is pleased to invite you and your family to join us at our Abbotsford, Let’s Make it Healthy, FamilyFEST event on Saturday September 17th from 11 am – 2 pm at the Abbotsford Recreation Center.

FamilyFEST is a free event, packed with plenty of family activities and entertainment including a healthy BBQ, street hockey, Sport Fit challenges, children’s play activities and a free public swim and ice skate (skate rentals not included).

Admission to the Abbotsford Recreation Center is completely free during the event and you can enter to win some great prizes including a 1-year Family Membership to the Abbotsford or Matsqui Recreation Centers.

In addition to fun, healthy activities, Healthy Abbotsford will be showcasing programs and resources in Abbotsford to help you and your family live healthy and have fun.

Come join us in celebrating healthy, active living in Abbotsford! 

FamilyFEST Flyer

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10,000 Steps to a Healthier You!

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and it’s the cheapest and easiest way to get your daily physical activity.  A great tool to monitor your daily walking and encourage you to walk more is to use a pedometer.

A pedometer is a small electronic device that when worn on your hip tracks the number of steps you take each day. Pedometers range in price depending on the available features, but a basic pedometer can be purchased for less than $15. Many stores now carry pedometers including pharmacies, department stores and athletic stores.

To reap the health benefits of walking it is recommended to take 10,000 steps per day. The good news is every step counts! When you first get your pedometer wear it for a day without changing your regular routine. This will tell how many steps you normally take throughout your day and will let you know how many more steps you need to reach 10,000. Gradually increase your steps each day until you regularly take 10,000 steps.

Here are some tips to increase your steps!

  • take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • park further away from stores and other destinations
  • get off the bus one stop early and walk the rest
  • take short walking breaks whenever you get some free time
  • plan longer walks and schedule them into your day

For some additional motivation why not try an online step tracking program. 10,000 Steps is a fantastic website to log your daily steps and motivate yourself by participating in challenges. You can even encourage friends to sign-up and help motivate each other. Best of all, it is totally free and even has a convenient iPhone app.

Click here to sign-up on the 10,000 Steps website.

10,000 Steps Logo

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