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Melissa Kazan is a Registered Dietitian and Sport Nutritionist specializing in nutrition for health, well-being and sports performance. Melissa understands today's challenges to eating well, and works with her clients to set realistic health & sport performance goals. For more information on Melissa, and her services, click here . Fuel Up A complete recovery meal or snack should always be a combination of: carbohydrates to replenish muscle glycogen stores, proteins for tissue repair, and antioxidants to help alleviate inflammation associated with exercise. Whole wheat lasagna or pasta...
Thirteen athletes are coming home to British Columbia with medals from the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games. “Congratulations to all the athletes, and especially our B.C. members of Team Canada,” said Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare. “Like British Columbians all over the province, I've been excited to watch our athletes give their all to achieve Olympic dreams. I'm thrilled to see how well Team Canada has done!” These medals are part of Team Canada's overall success at the Games. Canada earned its best-ever Olympic medal count with 29 medals...
Melissa Kazan is a Registered Dietitian and Sport Nutritionist specializing in nutrition for health, well-being and sports performance. Melissa understands today's challenges to eating well, and works with her clients to set realistic health & sport performance goals. For more information on Melissa, and her services, click here 1. CARBS ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS…and protein too! Don’t expect to run faster if you’re skipping on carbohydrate rich foods. Complex carbohydrates like whole grains, starchy vegetables and fruits are excellent choices that will keep you fueled...
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...
Running and walking are activities of discipline, of will power, and of overcoming discomfort, particularly in the initial stages of training. Lack of motivation can happen to the best of us. There will always be days when it is difficult to take those first steps out the door. Perhaps you are pressed for time, or the weather is cold and rainy. Perhaps you just don't feel like it. In most cases, try to remember that you'll almost always feel better once you get started into your workout. Think about how good you will feel after completing your training! Usually you feel better and are...
Ski season has arrived. . .but it’s not too late for a little fitness and condition to help prepare you for challenging the BC trails and slopes this winter. We have provided you with some sport specific preparations for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. Hill sprints, hopping and bounding are sport specific drills that will help prepare you for the ski and snowboard season. Hill sprints work on energy systems and power. Hopping and bounding are low to medium intensity plyometric drills that will prepare your body for the dynamic and eccentric movements needed for optimal...
As we turn the page on 2017 we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support. We look forward to continue providing British Columbians with the Best People, Best Practices and Best Programs in Sport Medicine, Exercise Science and Health Promotion this coming year. From all of us at SportMedBC, we'd like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and all the best in 2018. Happy Holidays! Please note that SportMedBC will be closed from Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 to Tuesday, January 2nd, 2017...
An annual preventive health checkup is intended to assess health and look for medical diseases, but for most athletes and active individuals, the status quo isn’t enough. While it is essential that athletes remain healthy, many are also seeking data that can help prevent injury and enhance performance. If this is you, here are five athlete-based enhancements to consider adding: Body composition testing : Body composition testing is the act of measuring height, weight, girths and body fat percentage. This data can be compared against norms to assess health status and risk, or used as a...
Peter Twist, M.Sc., CSCS Many people reflect to their youth and remember playing several sports and spending their spare time in spontaneous play and pick up games. Today, many youngsters specialize in just one or two sports and spend their remaining time on sedentary activities - television, video games, computers and the web. The unhealthy aspects of this trend are further compounded when you factor in the startling growth of fast food chains and the many "quick-fix" food choices that are aggressively marketed to youth. The cumulative result is a generation of kids who are less...
In partnership with ISPARC, this fall SportMedBC hosted five leader training sessions across the province to 315 leaders equipping them to deliver the Aboriginal RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge programs. With ongoing support provided by SportMedBC, 122 Aboriginal RunWalk leaders will launch their programs in January 2018. Highlights from this year included learning more about addictions from a harm reduction approach, the importance of self-care and mental wellness, and hearing from experienced leaders who shared their inspiring stories filled with challenges and successes...

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