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Keeping Active In College And University
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Even if you’ve played on high school sports teams or maintained an active lifestyle the change that accompanies arriving at college or university can put a halt to your previous exercise habits. Luckily, the school environment also offers a lot of new ways to get moving—opportunities to meet new people and integrate into the new life. Exercising at university ensures that your heart keeps getting a work-out but it also helps you keep mental health strong (helping release stress) and is great for healthy weight management. Keeping up activity at school will strengthen healthy exercise habits for life. If you’re a hard-core sports addict you’ll welcome the greater challenges found at the college level. Rugby is becoming more popular, for both men and women. You may branch out to other sports such as climbing (many schools have climbing walls) or karate and tai chi. Even for students who don’t consider themselves athletic doing yoga, pilates or even activities like tango and jive classes will help keep the body fit and stretched after many hours of sitting in a chair writing and studying. If you’re someone motivated by following instruction then look for “boot camp” workouts, spinning bikes or even weight(…)

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What did your family teach you about health?
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I don’t remember any big “no-nos” in terms of food choices growing up. My mom’s apple strudel always tempted us on the counter. My parents are East European and many of our meals consisted of salami, cold cuts, good cheeses, pickles and dark rye bread. My school lunches were sometimes smelly and embarrassing: think liverwurst and pickled peppers on thin (non-fluffy) seven-grain bread. Despite the salami and goulashes no one in my family is overweight. We ate three meals a day, dinner together and I remember my dad would always have a yogurt before bed. A salad was served with every main course. Lentils were a common side dish and hot chocolate was a morning staple. My mom would keep nuts and dried fruit in stock for car trips. As I write this I realize I am totally slacking in my menu planning. One giant (home-made!) pizza makes a three-course meal, right? Fast food was a rare treat often reserved for lunches on the ski hill. My dad is an avid skier and we grew up on skis. I am grateful for those trips as skiing has become a passion (and who doesn’t want permanent frostbite on their toes?). My(…)

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supermarket family
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Elderly parent? Picky toddler? Newly declared vegetarian teen? Food allergy? When shopping for family members with different health needs or preferences, it helps to plan ahead. • Plan menus and grocery lists together. Include food options that everyone can enjoy. Look at cookbooks,magazines or websites for meal ideas that meet your needs. • Take into account each person’s energy needs and appetite. Children have smaller stomachs than adults and their appetite is also smaller. Choose smaller formats, such as nutritious and delicious drinkable yogurts made for children. • Try a “do-it-yourself” meal, such as fajitas, tacos,sandwiches or salads. Just put all the healthy ingredients on the table and let everyone assemble their favourite combo. • At the grocery store, read food labels carefully to look for ingredients you need to avoid. • When checking food labels, look at the % Daily Value on the Nutrition Facts table. Choose foods with more of the nutrients you want and less of the nutrients you don’t. • Check if your grocery store offers tours led by a Registered Dietitian. Bonus item! Ask each member of your family to give you a list of their favourite healthy foods. It will be easier for you(…)

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