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Diabetes: Don't Sugar Coat It

Let's not sugar coat it. Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, despite there being lifestyle changes proven to lower the risk of developing it. Find out what you need to know - and do - to fight the rise of Type 2.
 

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Releasing Pain and Tightness

Learn about self-care with myofascial release as a method to reduce body pain and improve mobility,

 

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Exercise Travel Tips

Stay in shape this summer whereever you go with these ten travel tips.

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A New Approach to Food Brings Lasting Health Benefits

“You don’t have to be perfect, just be consistent.”

This is the food mantra of Anne Koprajda, and it’s definitely working.

Anne learned these pearls of wisdom from Wellness Institute Registered Dietitian, Jennifer Gashinski, whom she says has taught her how to improve her diet, “for benefits that will last my whole life.”

Discover her personal victory story.

 

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A Focus on Fun and Fitness

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The Confidence to Embrace Life

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Committed to Results

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    When trying to lose weight, which is the best option for fat loss?

  • The Ins and Outs of Calorie Counting

    Proper diet and nutrition is an integral part of any health and wellness program.

  • Preventing Holiday Stress

    The festive season fast approacheth! Are you feeling more dread than festive joy? Here are some tips to help you move into the season, keep it together and maybe even revel in it.

  • Tips for Living Well with a Chronic Illness

    Living with a chronic health concern is often a lifetime deal, as many have no specific “cure”. Tips to take the proactive approach instead of just responding to symptoms.

  • In Full Bloom

    Before you break out the trowel, spade, and hose and get gardening, consider these tips to head off common gardening maladies and injuries.

  • Fun in the Sun

    We should take precautions against the harmful UV rays, but how many of us do? Here's how to enjoy the sun without the risk.

  • Better Sleep Better Health

    33% of Canadians do not get enough natural sleep each night. Get sleep health strategies to help you catch those elusive zzz's.

  • Please Pass the Pulses

    Gaining in popularity, pulses are the edible dried seeds of the legume crop, including dry peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas. Discover the benefits and where to find recipes.

  • Holiday Eating: Yes, You Can Have the Shortbread

    Head off over-indulgence while enjoy holiday favourites.

  • Don't Let the Cold Weather Put You into Hibernation

    Get tips for staying active during the winter months.

  • Healthy Eating on a Budget

    Get tips for fitting healthy foods into your grocery budget.

  • Back to School Lunch Basics

    The following tips can help you along with packing lunches for the kids (or yourself).

  • Barbequing and Cancer: What's the Connection?

    We can all agree BBQ is one summer pastime we look forward to. However, there are some risks involved when we BBQ certain foods.

  • Feed your Brain to Improve Your Mood

    Most of us feel cranky and sluggish at some time but a lack of sleep and stress aren’t the only culprits. It may be the foods you're eating or not eating!

  • Health Benefits of Yoga

    Yoga is a form of therapy that is increasingly backed by science. The most promising results come from a practice combines asana with pranayama and meditation.

  • Expert Tips for Using Exercise to Manage Your Diabetes

    When you have Type 2 Diabetes, regular physical activity is an important part of your management plan. By staying active, you’ll be able to better control your diabetes by keeping your blood glucose levels in a healthy range, preventing long-term complications.

  • Resolve to Invest in Yourself

    If you are fearful your resolution to get fit and lose weight will set you up as a target for ribbing from friends and family, allow me to suggest calling it what it really is: making an investment in yourself...

  • Healthy Aging Helps to Reduce Healthcare Costs

    As our population ages and demand for healthcare increases, we need to invest in strategies to prevent illness to avoid rising healthcare costs and ensure services are there when needed ...

  • Healthy Aging is a Lifelong Investment

    Healthy aging isn’t just for the old. Starting at age 25 we lose approximately 10% of our functional mobility – strength, balance and cardiorespiratory fitness – per decade.  Some experts contend that sitting is the new smoking ...

  • Healthy Aging Isn’t Rocket Science, But It Is Science

    Despite ever prominent stories and studies on ways to improve your health, people still struggle with making the choices that will improve the quality and length of their life. This is where the expertise of a medical fitness facility can make an impact ...

Videos

ViPR Strong: Thursdays at 5:30 with Brenda

Body Bliss: Each Thurs 6:30pm w/ Cheryl & 12:05 Wed w/ Cassidy

Kettle Bell Workout: Also available in Wellness Fit!

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