I’m excited to announce that I’ve been selected to be the Health Ambassador for Chicken Farmers of Canada! This is a BIG deal to me, as you all know I’m focused upon my health over the past few years, and I’m honoured to be partnering with such a quality brand to bring forward health facts, information and ideas.
Perhaps it has something to do with turning the 40 this month but I’ve founds myself paying more attention to my health in general. We are doing our best to eat clean, reducing the unnecessary sugars, fats and preservatives. Chicken of course is at the top of our list for proteins. Cooking with chicken allows me to offer a variety of tastes and creations while keeping the nutritional value high.
As the Health Ambassador, each month I’ll be bringing you information on health, nutrition and some delicious recipes.
Heart Disease Kills 1 in 3
I was shocked to read that heart disease is the #1 killer of Canadians! 1 in 3 women die from heart disease. There are millions of people dying of heart disease and we simply must make our heart health a priority.
By taking some steps we can begin to take back our body’s health. We don’t have to suddenly change our diet entirely or step outside to run our first marathon, by making simple changes we can improve our odds.
Steps to Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
- Be smoke-free.
- Be physically active – 150 minutes of physical activity a week.
- Know and control your blood pressure.
- Eat a healthy diet that is lower in fat, especially saturated and trans fat.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Manage your diabetes.
- Limit alcohol use.
- Reduce stress.
- Visit your doctor regularly and follow your doctor’s advice.
Changes for Heart Health
While I’m inclined to run to the kitchen, clear out all the cabinets and restock with organic foods I know this isn’t realistic today. Instead, I’ve made a menu where we’re eating nutritious foods as outlined on Canada’s Food Guide and our little family is getting moving!
We’ve added a few activities to our family schedule, between the kids gymnastics and theatre we will now be heading out for brisk family walks on our local trails.
All too often we adults forget ourselves, we don’t have time to spend hours at the gym so we simply overlook our fitness. We cannot afford to forget our health, our children need us!
By controlling our nutrition and dedicating just 150 minutes a week we are banking valuable time into our fitness future.
Here’s a little example of how I’m getting moving more:
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Leanne M says
we go for bike rides
eating more vegetables and fresh fruit, and I walk with the kids instead of taking the bus whenever possible (i don’t drive)
We are heading outside more and eating salad with supper.
Haylie Langwald says
We’re starting to go for a walk every night after dinner, not just with the dog but all of us.
we have been avoiding processed foods for some time
Stephanie LaPlante says
We’re all trying to take our proper vitamins
Caryn s says
We have been walking more, drinking more water and eating better foods!
Taking the dog out for walks more often.
Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says
we are eating better
lori butler says
we have been shopping together more for healthier foods, and cutting out junk food
Wendy [mapsgirl] says
I can’t enter, but I just wanted to say that this is a great post!! Heart health is very very important!!
Christy Martin says
Hoping bike riding season comes sooner than later. Other than that, walking wherever we can. Starbucks is 5km round trip on a trail.
Victoria Ess says
We limit the hours we spend watching TV and on the computer to encourage getting outside!
My family and I love sports and we also go with whatever is in season. In the winter, we ski and in the summer, we swim, go for walks, play soccer, etc. We also try to eat healthy and avoid processed foods.
Julie G. says
We’re pretty active with swimming, soccer & hiking.
Lisa Bolduc says
when the weather is nice we take the dog on a long walk
betty miller says
I am trying to drink lots more water and as you say cut back on the fats, white sugar and processed foods.
angela m says
We are drinking more water and getting out for a walk
Getting outdoors for walks…can’t beat exercise AND fresh air!!
Karla Sceviour says
my son is very active as he participates in sports and hockey,and is always outside walking.. myself & hubby tries to get out for a walk ,when it isnt too cold!
Tammy Dalley says
We go for walks in the evenings and we eat healthy!
We have been going for walks in the evening when it is nice. Not on the -30 days though!
Tina L. says
eating more veggies and being more active
Doris Calvert says
we ski and skate and walk the dog, that’s about it!
We are walking daily!
eating healthy is key
Laurie B says
We go for alot of walks in the nice weather and in the colder weather we go tobogganing.
We are trying to eat more healthy foods and hope once the weather gets nicer and not so much ice out there we can get out and do some walking!
Michelle Michaud says
We have a salad with each dinner meal, walk every day!
We walk all the time
Going for long walks and eating better :)
Playing fitness games on XBox kinect!
Walking more…especially in the summer and making healthier choices in foods we consume.
Teresa M. says
I have been cooking and baking from Anne Lindsay’s cookbooks. Her recipe for Thai Honey Chicken is a family favourite.
Darlene Jones-Nelson says
As soon as the weather gets better we are going to go on family walks weekly. This will be new for all 3 of us not to mention the dog.
Lee-Ann Sleegers says
Walk to and from school as well as playing outside together. DD has swimming lessons and DH is a triathlete. Me, I just take off to the gym 3-5 days a week.
Margarita Ibbott ~ @DownshiftingPRO says
I am using our Wi more and dancing up a storm. We are having family competitions and my teenage girls are kicking my butt…understandably…
sean pynaert says
we all go in 5k runs together
We try to walk more often rather than driving our car if we go to nearby places
elaine bolduc says
we go for many walks, we swim, we bike ride, and when the weather is to cold outside we play tag inside and we do work outs in the house. the list goes on and on
We go for bike rides.
Carol Denny says
We go for long walks.
Maggie Siesling says
My kids and I walk, almost every where. We walk to school(eldest is in school), to do laundry, to grocery shop, to the park, to doctors appointments.
walking more and drinking more water
Heidi C. says
We try to eat as healthily as possible and get outdoors everyday!
Yan D says
we take walks around the park
Lee Pearson says
We cut right down on our sodium intake. We look at product ingredients before we buy them and try to eat healthy. We do not eat out very much at all now (which was a huge feat for us) and we try to walk a little more each day. We don’t go for long walks but when going to the store, we will walk instead of driving. Can’t wait for the spring time to hop on our bikes again!
cathy henatyszn says
we like to bike ride, can’t wait for the nicer weather to do more
We walk and love to dance
Terri O'D says
We are eating healthier and getting active together. Our deep fryer has been replaced by a slow cooker which also has us eating less Take Out :-)
Throughout the winter – we go public skating on Sun afternoons and during the week, we go to a small rink, outdoor, made by the town. It’s nice and cute and just as fun.
I’m adding short walks in between chores. Also cooking larger batches of healthy meals so we’re not tempted to eat processed food on busy days!
We jog together on the weekend!
To stay active my grandchildren take dancing and swimming lessons year round. They also like to ride bikes, sled, and jump on the trampoline. All these things keep them active. A lot of these are family activities.
martina j says
we do family walks….but not a whole lot more….
Taking more walks outdoors
Andrew P says
Taking daily walks around the neighborhood
Sumit Atre says
Taking the dog for a daily walk, after all hes family too!
Belinda McNabb says
My son and I have started taking walks together
amber Y says
by going bike riding
nikki robak says
we take walks together
When the weather is nice we go for long walks in the park and hike in the woods.
Colleen C. says
As there is no vehicle, walking is the exercise…to the bus, to the store..
We like to Geocache, which involves a lot of walking and hiking sometimes!
Jennifer A. says
We like to go on nature walks together!