Good nutrition: beyond food pyramid models (part 2)

In recent years, several national governments have moved away from traditional food pyramid models to more accessible food “plates”. By clarifying daily nutritional requirements and supporting claims with detailed website information, the governments hope to counter some of the disturbing health trends within its population. However, there are many alternatives to government-directed nutrition that may …

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Good nutrition: going beyond government food pyramid models

Our fast-paced, hectic, post-modern society often forces personal nutrition to the backburner. This is unfortunate, since neglecting basic dietary requirements will hurt your work productivity, your physical and mental well-being and your ability to perform both basic and complex lifestyle chores. In the 1970s, governments sought a simplified way to present basic nutritional guidelines to …

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Getting good sleep

Along with good eating habits and regular exercise, getting proper sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, many people discount the importance of a good night’s sleep, even though there are important physical and psychological reasons for getting both sleep quality and quantity. Given that on average we spend six to eight hours …

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Get your kid off the couch

Johnny comes home from school, throws his bag in a corner and immediately picks up his gaming console and gets to work. His next-door neighbour, Sally, has just finished dinner and is settling down in front of the television set. These two scenarios are too common in many homes today as children grow more attached …

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World Physiotherapy Day

8th of September was World Physiotherapy Day. We celebrated the positive impact that physiotherapists have within the community, helping you to keep moving, stay active and remain independent throughout your life. Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. …

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Fitness for seniors

You look at your figure in the mirror and ask yourself, “When did this happen?” Or, you painfully drag yourself out of bed and ask, “What did I do to deserve this?” The fact is, life happens. People grow older, muscles, bones and organs begin to break down and pain sets in. Is there hope? …

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Exercise with arthritis

The pain and discomfort of arthritis can turn off even the most determined person from exercise. However, if you know the benefits of exercising with arthritis, you may be more willing to give it a try. But a word of caution: Don’t overdo, and if possible, perform exercises under the supervision of a health professional …

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Dry Needling

The word acupuncture comes from the Latin word for needle (acus) and it means “puncturing of bodily tissue for the relief of pain”. Physiotherapy use of acupuncture in the form of dry needling is often confused with the Eastern medicine practice of acupuncture. While Chinese acupuncture is based on healing through correcting the energy flow …

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