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How We Sabotage Our Diets By Cristina Sutter, SportMedBC RunWalk Dietitian Congratulations to everyone who participated in The Vancouver Sun Run InTraining program. Well done! Hopefully, you were able to enjoy nutritious and delicious food to fuel your training along the way. If you feel that you struggle with your diet, I invite you to consider what you are doing to sabotage your nutrition. Most of us have good intentions about our way of eating and do make lots of healthy food choices, but we often have one area of weakness that sabotages our success. We often do not need a total diet...
Pre-Race Eating (What Should I Eat and Drink Before The Vancouver Sun Run?) By Cristina Sutter, SportMedBC RunWalk Dietitian With The Vancouver Sun Run just about here, we may wonder what we should eat before the race. A good rule of thumb is to stick with your usual foods and not to try anything new in the days before. You may recall from Week 10 - “Nutrition Tips Discomforts of Running,” to stay away from anything loaded with fat or fibre the day before the run. That means no hamburgers, muffins, chocolate bars, lasagna, chili or big salads on Saturday. On Saturday, sip on 2-3...
By Diane Rizzardo, Physiotherapist Winter isn’t coming, winter has arrived. If you’re brave enough to get outside and tackle the trails, you won’t be disappointed. Here are my top 5 tips to keep you safe and healthy while running this winter. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare! Take safety seriously. That means take precautions such as telling someone where you’re going. With the days dark and visibility reduced, wear lights and a headlamp. Make sure to bring a bus pass or credit card. If you have a pocket then pack a phone. Expect your pace to be slower and your distances to...
SIGN UP NOW AND GET AN ALANIC LIGHT WEIGHT POLYHEX ELITE SERIES TECH SHIRT Vancouver, B.C. (January 19, 2017) – The holidays are behind us so it’s time to get into shape and start running again. Join one of The Vancouver Sun Run’s InTraining Clinics presented by Sun Run Stores beginning January 21 and get the ball rolling. InTraining Clinics have been around for over 21 years helping over 60,000 people achieve their running goals and represent a great way to help people get ready for the Vancouver Sun Run happening Sunday, April 23, 2017. The 13-week guided clinics at over...
SportMedBC RunWalk Nutrition Tips – Part I Where Do You Get Your Nutrition Information? By Cristina Sutter, SportMedBC RunWalk Dietitian As you read my weekly nutrition articles in The Vancouver Sun beginning next Monday, January 23rd, you will learn about why we eat, how we eat, how we feel about food, and how this impacts our nutrition, health and fitness. In this information age, there is a new diet, new super food and a new super vitamin every day. There is an ever-growing list of nutrients that we should not eat: salt, fat, sugar, carbs, gluten, the list goes on. The most...
Just a few days away from The Vancouver Sun Run! SportMedBC’s Lynn Kanuka has information and advice on how to physically and mentally prepare for the big day! Joining Lynn is longtime leader and area coordinator Rainy Kent...
By Donna Bishop Kelly Kochut was working full time and was taking courses to be a personal trainer to have something to do when she retired. All that suddenly changed in July 2010 when on her way home from work she had an accident. She suffered brain trauma. She was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Foreign Accent Syndrome. This causes the person to speak with a different accent from their own. But this was only part of the problems that affected Kelly. Along with the ever-changing accents, she suffers from short-term memory loss, panics when in crowds, can’t count to ten, and has...
Are you wondering if changing your running technique can help with injuries? You’re not alone! This is definitely one of the most popular questions in the running community. If your hips, knees or shins have been bothering you for a while, perhaps modifying how you run can help ease the pain. Some tweaks may also help novice runners reduce injury risk, and make competitive runners cross the finish line faster. This post explains why cadence, impact and foot strike pattern are important when it comes to running technique. Cadence Cadence is the number of steps you are taking per minute...
SportMedBC is proud to announce the creation of a new manager position to support the HealthBeat Program. As the program has grown and evolved, the need for a full-time dedicated staff member to manage its increasing responsibilties became apparent. Amanda de Faye, who has worked with the ARW program for the last two years as the program coordinator, and more recently the acting program manager covering a maternity leave, will assume the role of HealthBeat Manager. “Amanda has been an integral part of developing and expanding the HealthBeat program,” says Susan Nguyen, Aboriginal...
January 2018 saw the successful launch of the Aboriginal RunWalk program. Over 120 First Nation and Métis community leaders and their participants started walking and running towards a more active and healthier lifestyle. Six communities were selected to undergo HealthBeat, with the SportMedBC team travelling all over the province, including as far as Iskut (pictured), to conduct baseline health screenings for over 200 Aboriginal RunWalk participants. Approximately 10 participants were referred to follow up with a local health practitioner due to undiagnosed high blood pressure, cholesterol...

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