Healthy Abbotsford Blog

Would You Eat 10 Strips of Bacon Every Day?

Sugar consumption is a big problem, most people know this. And even though we mentally know something we don’t always change our behavior.For some people, the information needs to be presented in a more graphic way for their brains to really get it (I am one of those people).

Did you know that the average American consumes 500 calories of sugar each day? That is equivalent to 10 strips of bacon – every day! Even though it is an American statistic, Canadians are not that far off.

So, if you know that consuming too much sugar is bad for you and you struggle to eat less of it, take a close look at all the information in the graphic below. ..

Nursing Your Sweet Tooth

Created by: www.OnlineNursingPrograms.com

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Get a Grip on Arthritis

September is Arthritis Awareness Month.

When you have arthritis it can take some trial and error to find what kind of physical activity works best for you.

Here are a collection of videos from the Arthritis Society on management strategies for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, including weight management, Tai Chi, yoga, insoles and footwear, low-intensity whole body strengthening, and aerobic walking.

Click here to view the entire video library.

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Kids in the Kitchen – Video (Eggplant Chips)

Better Together BC promotes a hands on approach to family, food and fun. In one of their recent blogs they wrote about the importance of getting kids into the kitchen:

In addition to quality time, kids who cook enjoy better health, improved academic and social skills, and greater confidence. Some studies show that kids who eat regularly with their families are less likely to struggle with drugs or alcohol later in life.

Not sure how to get your kids in the kitchen? Here is a fantastic video series that showcases a young girl, Hannah, preparing healthy food in the kitchen with her mom. The recipes are simple and the videos are entertaining! For more information about their “Today I Ate a Rainbow” program click here.

Watch below to see the third video in this series “Eggplant Chips”.

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7 Reasons to Exercise in a Group

Getting active and staying active can be a challenge. There are lots of things that can derail us from our good intentions. If you are struggling to find a way to incorporate physical activity into the way you live your life you will want to read this article from ParticipACTION. It touches on 7 reasons on how exercising in a group can help you. The most important thing about physical activity is finding something that you enjoy doing. When you enjoy something you put in more effort, it doesn’t feel as hard and you are way more likely to stick with it. And sticking with it is the the only way that you will have long-term success. Click here to read the article.

There are lots of group fitness classes to choose from in Abbotsford. Click on the name below to get more information on group fitness classes:

City of Abbotsford

VRC Fitness

Go Fusion Fitness

GoodLife Fitness

Great West Fitness

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Kids in the Kitchen – Video (Tropical Smoothy)

Better Together BC promotes a hands on approach to family, food and fun. In one of their recent blogs they wrote about the importance of getting kids into the kitchen:

In addition to quality time, kids who cook enjoy better health, improved academic and social skills, and greater confidence. Some studies show that kids who eat regularly with their families are less likely to struggle with drugs or alcohol later in life.

Not sure how to get your kids in the kitchen? Here is a fantastic video series that showcases a young girl, Hannah, preparing healthy food in the kitchen with her mom. The recipes are simple and the videos are entertaining! For more information about their “Today I Ate a Rainbow” program click here.

Watch below to see the second video in this series “Tropical Treasure Smoothy”.

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Is it Possible to be Both Fit and Fat?

This article really highlights the need for all of us to reconsider what it “looks like” to be healthy. Your weight and physical shape are not the only factors in whether or not you are healthy. The following information is from the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Is it possible to be both fit and fat? Reports from a recent study published in the European Heart Journal say the answer is yes.

“The complete picture of ‘fitness’ is much more than a number on the scale or a subjective image of what ‘fit’ looks like,” explains ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews. “At the end of the day, being physically active has a much greater purpose than solely improving physical appearance. Leading a physically active lifestyle increases one’s level of fitness, which in turn also improves overall health (by decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, as found in this study, for example). Furthermore, being active enhances your ability to engage in the activities of everyday life that are so important to you, such as playing with your children or grandchildren, hiking and swimming while on vacation, or simply having the freedom to move throughout the day with ease.”

picture of a man running

To read the complete article from ACE, click here.

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7 Easy Steps to Teach your Kids “The Rope”

It’s great to say that skipping rope is a great activity for your kids, but how do you actually teach them how to do it? In the article below, from Active for Life, they lay out 7 simple steps to teach your kids how to skip rope.

Skip rope may sound like an old fashion schoolyard game, but skipping develops two fundamental skills, coordination and jumping. It’s also a great bonding exercise. Once you and your child have mastered the basic steps, get creative with skipping songs and games. You can find some great examples here.


  1. Go outside to your favourite play area. Mark a line on the ground. This becomes the jump rope line.
  2. Designate one side of the rope the “river.” Name the other side the “bank.”
  3. Have your child start on the “bank.” When you call out “river,” they must jump to over the rope with both feet together, tucking their knees upwards towards their chest.
  4. Continue to call out “river” and “bank” alternatively, as your child jumps from one side of the line side.
  5. If you yell out the same word twice, your child shouldn’t jump. This skipping warm-up teaches jumping, as well as listening skills.
  6. Once they’ve mastered the riverbank activity, your child can progress to the jump rope. Tie a jump rope to a fence or a piece of playground equipment, holding onto the other end. If both parents are present, they each hold one end of the rope.
  7. With your child standing on one side of the rope, begin to swing the rope over their head. Start slow, picking up the rotation speed once they’ve mastered both the coordination and jumping skills involved in skipping.

Skipping

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Build your Own Cookbook – for Free!

Better Together BC has a really fun tool on their website where you (or your kids) can create your own cookbook. You choose from a great selection of healthy recipes, put your name and picture on the front, save it and even print it if you want! Here is a sample Healthy Abbotsford Cookbook that you can view to see what the final product looks like.

Cooking is more fun when you can find recipes that you like and enjoy preparing. Make this cookbook the start of your healthy eating recipe library. Click here to start building yours.

Better Together Cookbook website

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Settlement Concludes Ab Circle Pro Claims “Deceptive”

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We know this and yet millions of people fall victim to the quick fixes promised on late night infomercials. But rarely do these companies get called out for making false claims. Here is a rare example of a fitness product that has been sold in the millions, who’s claims of quick and easy weight loss were just recently deemed to be deceptive.

There is no magic bullet. If you want to change your health and fitness then you need to actually be more physically active and eat healthier. There is no way around that. Being active and eating healthy can be fun, if you choose to make it that way.

To read more about the Ab Circle Pro settlement claim click here.

Picture of Ab Circle Pro box

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Get an Extra 4 Hours per Day of Free Time!

New stats were released this week around television watching (to read the full article click here).

Turns out, in 2011, Canadians watched an average of 28.5 hours of television per week!

That is just over 4 hours per day! Think about all the things that you don’t think you have time to do. Reading, spending time with family/friends, being active, cooking, taking a class etc. What could you do with an extra 4 hours each day?

Consider what watching TV gives you. Does it recharge your batteries? Does it relax you? Does it make you feel like you are getting a well-deserved break? If you answered yes to any of these questions I would challenge you to think about whether or not that is really true.

  1. Recharging your batteries – do you feel more alert, energized and fufilled after watching TV? If not then it is not recharging you.
  2. Relaxes you – do you feel more calm and better able to live your life after watching TV? If not then it is not relaxing you.
  3. A well-deserved break – we all need a break. Does watching TV make you feel more rested and ready to start the next thing? If not then it is not a great choice for a well-deserved break.

We tell ourselves a lot of stories around why we watch TV. What do we really get from it?

picture of an old TV

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