Healthy Abbotsford Blog

107 Answers to “what should we do today?”

Information from Tourism Abbotsford.

107 Days of Summer is an unique daily guide indentifying fun and intersting activities for the entire summer in Abbotsford. This is the perfect answer to ” what should we do today?” Check out 107 answers of how to spend a day in the beautiful Fraser Valley.

Printed guides are available at the Visitor’s Centre (34561 Delair Road) or download your copy here!

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Families – Get Fit and Healthy for FREE!

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. or 604-859-3134 local 5297

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Quit Smoking by Texting

The week of January 21-27 is National non-smoking week. You are healthier when you live tobacco free and you can’t quit successfully until you are ready. So, if you have been thinking about quitting, if you are ready, know that there are a lot of free tools available to you. Visit to access a wide range of resources that will help you kick the habit for good.

A new tool is QuitNow by TXT.  Get support anywhere, anytime with text messages customized to your quit date. Text key words for additional help when you need it the most. QuitNow By TXT is a 14 week mobile texting service that delivers motivational tips to smokers who plan to quit within the next 30 days, and those who have already quit.

Click here to get started!

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Don’t Waste the Long Weekend!

With the long weekend approaching, what are your plans? Don’t wait to think about until Saturday morning and risk wasting time with the “what do you want to do?”, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” game. Get out, have some fun. Use this extra time to explore our city with your friends and families. Make some memories!

The 2012 guide “107 Days of Summer” is now available. Take a look through, you are bound to find a few things that spark your interest.

Summer will be over before you know it, don’t waste it.

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Do you really know what you are eating? There’s an app for that

This is a great resource from the Dietitians of Canada! lets you look up common foods and view the nutrients they contain. Making data available about brand foods as marketed in Canada is a unique contribution. Nutrition information is provided for the nutrients listed on the Nutrition Facts table found on food labels including: calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, dietary fibre, sugars, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.

You can search for food items within a brand or within a food category (e.g. grains, baked products, fast food, fruit and fruit juices, vegetables and vegetable products, fats and oils, legumes, dairy and egg products, beef products, etc.).

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And, you guessed it! You can download the Eat Wise app for your phone too.


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.


Healthy Living and Chronic Conditions – New at

The Healthy Abbotsford website has expanded to offer you even more national, provincial and local health resources.   This time to help you live healthy with chronic conditions, or prevent them all together.

Leading a healthy lifestyle can help you prevent and manage many types of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. To encourage a healthy lifestyle, organizations, such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society, offer wonderful resources and tools on healthy eating, physical activity and living tobacco free.   The Healthy Abbotsford website aims to bring this trusted information together in one easy to find location.  

In addition to information from leading organizations, the new Chronic Conditions section provides information on local community programs and events related to healthy living with chronic conditions. 

Click here to browse the new Chronic Conditions section of the Healthy Abbotsford website.

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes

Meet the people behind the numbers this November

Today, more than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes – a condition that, if left unchecked, puts you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This means that nearly 1 in 4 Canadians either has diabetes or prediabetes. More than 20 people are diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day. Across the country, the Canadian Diabetes Association is leading the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while they work to find a cure.

This November in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, the Association is asking individuals to visit to see the stories of incredible volunteers, sponsors, members, partners, researchers and supporters – who are living healthy with diabetes, advocating for the cause and breaking ground towards a cure.

Join the Association in leading the fight against diabetes in your community by participating in a local Diabetes Awareness Month event or fundraising activity. Visit or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) for more information.

Diabetes Awareness Month


October is Healthy Workplace Month. Get Your Workplace Healthy Today!

In a healthy workplace the welfare of their employees is a top priority! Employers of Healthy workplaces know that healthy employees are more productive, have greater job satisfaction, take fewer sick days and are injured less. This is good for employees and good for a company’s bottom line!

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, so now is a great time to start making some healthy changes in your workplace. It can be as simple as starting an employee walking group, or you can take it a step further and create a formal workplace wellness program, led by a committee of dedicated employees.

Many wellness initiatives can be achieved with only small financial contribution as plenty of free resources exist to help you get started. Remember that the cost of employee wellness is an investment in the success of your company!

Are you ready to get your workplace healthy? The Healthy Abbotsford website has a number of ideas for action and great resources to help you get started.

Click here to visit the “Workplaces” page on the Healthy Abbotsford Website.


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.