Healthy Abbotsford Blog

Got a meeting? Take a walk

This post comes from Obesity Panecea.

I came across the below video this past week, and thought it would be worth sharing here on the blog.  In it, Nilofer Merchant explains how she has converted all of her meetings to walking meetings, as one way to reduce her sedentary behaviour and increase her level of physical activity…walking meetings can be a very easy way to improve the healthiness of a sedentary work environment.


On this note, I’d like to give a shout out to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa, which actually includes a number of walking routes in its Outlook meeting calendar.  This allows staff to “book” outdoor walking routes for meetings, rather than using a conference room.  If you’re into something a bit more vigorous, physical activity researcher Angelo Tremblay is well known for having running meetings with his students.  The point is that active meetings are much easier than you’d think, and as Nilofer explains in a recent Six Pixels of Separation podcast, there are other benefits to such meetings than just increased physical activity (they are more informal, they can help people think a bit by getting them out of their stuffy cubical, etc).

I’ve done a number of waking meetings in the past few years, and they work exceptionally well for small groups of 2-4 people.  Beyond that it gets hard for everyone to hear each other (during one large group meeting, a colleague actually got her hair caught on a tree while distracted by the conversation… that sort of thing is easier to avoid with a smaller group). You might also be surprised at how easy it is to get by without typing notes as you go, as Nilofer explains in the above podcast.

I know that walking meetings aren’t ideal for all workplaces.  But if you spend a lot of time sitting at work, this is one simple way to increase your activity and reduce your sedentary time.


The Most Powerful Drug – August 28 Event

On August 28  one of the world’s leading experts on physical activity and health. Dr. Steven Blair will be doing a public presentation at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (MCA) from 7-8:30pm. The presentation will include the latest research around what the real impact of physical activity is on our health and he will end the session with time for the public to ask questions.

Not sure who Steven Blair is? Here are a few links that you can visit to get a better sense of what he is all about:

Video (9 minutes) - 23.5 hours

This YouTube sensation (more than 3.5 million views)  which includes Dr. Blairs research


Article – Fit vs. Fat, are they mutually exclusive? A case study.

Audio (4 minutes) – Is sitting the new smoking?

This session will also highlight how Healthy Abbotsford is helping promote physical activity and will launch Abbotsford’s  “Exercise is Medicine” initiative.

There will also be an information booth set-up from 5:30-9pm outside of MCA where you can learn more about what is available here in Abbotsford.

EIM - Public Presentation


5 Common Nutrition Myths

This information comes from the Canadian Diabetes Association.

1. MYTH: Avoid carbs if you want to lose weight

2. MYTH: Sea salt is natural, so it’s better for you than table salt

3. MYTH: Cooking meals at home takes way too much time

4. MYTH: Healthy food costs too much

5. MYTH: If you eat too much sugar, you’ll get diabetes

To read more about each myth click here to read the entire article.

healthy food and a free weight