Healthy Abbotsford Blog

Sitting is Killing You


This information is from In recent years a variety of major international research has produced compelling evidence that sitting for more than 4 hours each day leads

•Enzymes responsible for burning harmful blood fats shutting down
•Reduced calorie burning (Metabolic rate)
•Disrupted blood sugar levels
•Increased insulin and blood pressure levels
•Leg muscles switch off

We recommend you calculate the hours you spend sitting on an average “working day”. Make sure you include your sitting time when at work, commuting and at home.

Take frequent breaks from sitting. Stand while you are talking on the phone, have walking meetings, walk to a collegues desk instead of emailing, stand during meetings.


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 Ways You Can Make Health Last

You may not know it, but you’re at risk of spending the last 10 years of your life battling illness and disability.

Two older adults kayaking  

Good health habits lead to a vitality-filled future.

Research shows that for many of us, there’s 10-year gap between how long we’ll live and how long we will be in good health. But we can close that gap and change our future. We can start now to ensure that last decade is spent doing the things we love to do – travelling, spending time with family, pursuing hobbies.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has launched Make Health Last – a movement to motivate Canadians to make healthy changes now so that they can enjoy their later years with vitality.

The key is the risk factors that increase our odds of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses. Almost all of us have at least one risk factor. Some, such as our genetic heritage, can’t be changed. But other risk factors can be controlled through the choices we make every day.

Need convincing? Click here to take a look at how many healthy years these risk factors could cost you.


What Will Your Last 10 Years Look Like?

Here is a video from The Heart & Stroke Foundation. While it doesn’t go through how to actually live healthier, the message is a powerful one. While there are many things in our health that we cannot control, there are many that we can. And those that we can control, make a big difference in the quality of our lives.


Is This Your Year to Quit Smoking?

If it is, read on…This information from will be a critical tool in helping you kick the habit for good.

Congratulations. You’ve made the choice to quit smoking and are about to embark on the road to freedom, but getting there will take careful planning to ensure you successfully reach your destination. Research shows the more prepared you are, the more likely you are to succeed. And the most effective way to quit, is to have a PLAN.

Take a look at all the different tools that you have access to for FREE! Click on the image to access the tools.

List of Quit Now tools


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.

Arthritis society logo


PROVEN Treatment for Better Quality of Life

This revolutionary treatment is free and available to everyone. Here are some of the results that people on the treatment have experienced:

  • Alzheimers and dementia – reduced progression by 50%
  • knee arthritis – reduced pain and disability by 47%
  • anxiety – reduced by 48%
  • depression – 30% of people had relief with a low dose, 47% had relief with a higher dose
  • fatigue – this is the #1 treatment
  • and is PROVEN to improve quality of life

Want to know how to get it? Watch the video below.


5 simple actions you can take to Make Death Wait

Click on the image below to find out what you can do to make death wait.

5 steps to make death wait


Local Health Champion Runs for Her Family and to Cure Diabetes

Vanessa Kuipers and her Kids

Vanessa Kuipers with her kids Lexie and Owen at the end of the BMO Half Marathon in October 2011


Last week I had the pleasure to speak to an amazing health champion in Abbotsford, Vanessa Kuipers. A teacher and mother of two, Vanessa is part of Team Diabetes, a program of the Canadian Diabetes Association whose goal is to find a cure for diabetes and raise awareness of the condition.

In January of 2003, Vanessa’s family was devastated when her daughter was diagnosed in kindergarten with type-1 diabetes. After both her children suffered from the flu in late 2002, unlike her brother, Lexie just couldn’t seem to kick the bug. She suffered from many flu-like symptoms and had lost a considerable amount of weight before diabetes was found to be the cause. She now requires regular injections of insulin and continual monitoring of blood sugar levels to keep her alive and well. While learning a new way of life in caring for her daughter, the family suffered another tragedy when Vanessa’s husband passed away after a prolonged sickness in 2009.

Driven by a passion to cure diabetes and to be there for her kids for many years, Vanessa joined Team Diabetes and is now a healthy role model for her kids, her students and her community.

In August 2010, Vanessa participated in her first big event, a 10 km run in Reykjavik, Iceland. By raising $6100, Team Diabetes covered the cost of travel, accommodation and the entry fee to bring Vanessa to Iceland.

On her own and sometimes through group runs with the Running Room, Vanessa built up her fitness in preparation for the run. On the big day she kept her inspiration close to her by laminating a picture of her kids and wearing it on her shoulder. “With 500 meters left in the run I looked at the picture and found the inspiration to finish”.

Since her first run, Vanessa has continued to run with Team Diabetes in various local events, including completing her first half marathon in Kelowna in 2011. Vanessa is currently fundraising to represent Team Diabetes in future events including a half marathon in Brazil. Vanessa runs, not to be fast, but to continue to be healthy and support a great cause.

As a teacher, Vanessa makes an effort to inspire her students to be active by sharing her running stories and turning any lesson into an active game. She even took her grade 9 English class outside and used activity to demonstrate grammar principals, aka “Grammar Bootcamp”, a lesson her old students still talk about today.

At the end of our chat, Vanessa made a deal with her daughter, now 14, to run/walk together in Kelowna next year.

If you would like to donate to help Vanessa fundraise for her next event, click here to visit her personal fundraising page.

To learn more about Team Diabetes and how to get involved click here.


Take part in Abbotsford’s World Diabetes Day Expo! Sat. Nov. 19th

Did you know that 9 Million Canadians are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes?  That’s 1 in 4 of us.  More than 20 people are diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day.

Abbotsford is taking part in World Diabetes Day by hosting a World Diabetes Day Expo on Saturday November 19th, 2011.  Come on down and check out a wealth of information on preventing and managing diabetes. 

Here’s the info:

World Diabetes Day Expo

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2011

Time: 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Salvation Army Cascade Community Church, 35190 Delair Road, Abbotsford, BC

Keynote Speaker: Erica Sigurdson, professional comedian living with type 1 diabetes

Motivational Speaker: Chris Jarvis, Canadian rower and 2007 PanAM Games Gold Medalist


  • Footcare – Dr. George Duft, Podiatrist;
  • Emotional Well-Being – Bounce Back Program with the Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Free Admission, Light Refreshments & Door Prizes

Please wear Blue in honour of World Diabetes Day!

Click here to learn more about World Diabetes Day and Diabetes.