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“Exercise is, hands down, one of the most powerful and well-documented ways to stay young for as long as possible” says Dr. Christiane Northrup. When she tried Ski Walking (aka Nordic Walking), she “was astounded at how effective this way of walking is. If you’re a regular walker, I urge you to try ski walking because it will add a whole new dimension to your workout. If you have knee, hip, or back problems you will be pleasantly surprised at how good walking with these poles feels. They automatically put you into proper alignment”. Dr. Christiane Northrup is internationally known for her...
A fixation on “healthy” eating can lead to an unhealthy set of problems, especially when people eliminate many products and foods from a normal diet. Orthorexia nervosa, a term coined by Colorado physician Steven Bratman, defines this subset of people who are obsessed with eating healthy. A 2008 study published in the Turkish Journal of Psychiatry, for example, reported a strong correlation between those who exhibit obsessive-compulsive tendencies and orthorexia, and found that women were more prone to developing the disorder. The main categories for eating disorders are anorexia nervosa,...
The 'Put a Lid on It! Winter Helmet Safety Forum' presented by Safe Kids Canada on Nov 20th, 2009 featured a panel discussion on the following question – “Is ski and snowboard helmet use a no-brainer on Canadian alpine slopes or does Canada need a law?” The panel , hosted by Natalie Clancy of CBC Vancouver, included Dr. Brent Hagel (Epidemiologist), Dr. Charles Tator (Physician and Neurosurgeon), Dr. Richard Stanwick (Chief Medical Health Officer) and Mr. Matt Herman (Director, Injury Prevention, BC Ministry of Health). Currently in Canada there is no agreed upon standard from helmet...
The sudden death of an athlete always causes distress and concern – these people are normally at the peak of their careers, and exercise is meant to be good for you, so why does it happen? Sudden Cardiac Death (SDC) has been known of since 490BC when the Greek soldier Pheldippides died after completing the historic run from Marathon to Athens to deliver the message of victory over the Persians. A number of congenital cardiovascular diseases have been linked to sudden death in young trained athletes. The main cause is Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) - a thickening of the heart wall...
Even though exercise burns calories, it is important to maintain this calorie deficit by reducing dietary intake as well – the old “calories in and calories out” adage holds true. In a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in September, 58 obese people participated in a 12 week study of aerobic exercise without any dietary adjustments. The average weight loss was 7 pounds, and many lost only half this amount. It is possible to target your exercise routine for weight loss - “If you work out at an easy intensity, you will burn a higher percentage of fat calories” than if you...
Ramona Johnson, HYHC Sun Run InTraining Program Leader , has been selected as an Aboriginal Community Torchbearer for the 2010 Olympics. Ramona's contribution to healthier living in her community and her wholehearted and inclusive approach to interactions with all levels of the Comox Valley community made her a fitting candidate.
Two months into the school year and most parents are already running out of ideas for their childrens lunches…a little creativity and some suggestions from a nutrition professional may be just what you need. Studies have shown that students that eat regularly have greater attention span and perform better at school. "Lunch is so important for the body and brain," says Elsie Azevedo , a Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. "With a bit of pre-planning and a variety of foods, you can take heart in knowing you are making healthy lunches that make...
Safe Kids Canada encourages you to “Put a Lid on It!” Safe Kids Canada has developed The Vancouver Charter on Skiing Safety, based on the skiing and snowboarding safety Turin Charter, which was approved in the context of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games. The Charter is not intended to lay down new legal rights. Rather, the aim of the Charter is to promote a safe, healthy and active sporting and recreational culture, and to make its principles visible to the public, citizens and institutions. The Vancouver Charter has been officially endorsed by Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C. Provincial Health...
The Honour Your Health Challenge – Sun Run InTraining, a partnership crafted and supported by Act Now’s Aboriginal Health Branch and SportMedBC, will receive a 2009 Best Practices Gold Standard at the SportMedBC Annual Meeting and Workshop, Saturday, September 26th, 2009, at the North Shore Winter Club in North Vancouver. Honour Your Health will be in the spotlight in receiving the award at the Annual General Meeting Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. PT. Prior to the AGM, BC Hall of Famer and Canadian soccer icon Bob Lenarduzzi, the President of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, will be...
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC, winners of two United Soccer Leagues (USL) men's championship titles in the past three years and a steady contender for top honours over the past decade, acknowledged the importance of solid sport medical and paramedical support in general and the valued contributions of one practitioner in particular Sunday, September 13th, at Swangard Stadium. That practitioner is none other than Dr. Don Hedges -- or 'Doctor Don' as he is affectionately known by all of those he has served or befriended in his years in soccer, lacrosse and sport. The team's Chief Medical Officer,...

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