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Nutrition and Fitness

Exercise as medicine
July 2016 Equating exercise with medicine isn't just a reminder that physical activity is good for you. Research has shown that exercise is a powerful therapy that can help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, among other benefits.

Taking fall prevention outside
March 2016 For many people in midlife, and even for active older adults, the risk of an outdoor fall may be greater than the risk of a fall at home. Making small changes can help reduce that risk.

Fall prevention: home hazards
March 2016
Fall prevention averts more than just falls. It also prevents the injuries, chronic pain, disability, loss of mobility, and even deaths that falls cause. Because many falls – especially in older adults – still occur at home, that’s a good place to start.

Building better balance
February 2016 Balance is what makes it possible to stand, walk and move without falling. It’s essential for mobility and for fall prevention, and is a key element of fitness.

Being more active and getting fitter: starting from scratch
August 31, 2015 For someone who has been inactive for a while – maybe even for years – adopting a more active lifestyle can seem like a challenging ambition. Setting attainable goals and making small, incremental changes makes becoming more active achievable.

Summer fitness: what you need to know about warm weather workouts
July 2015 Summer is a great time for outdoor activities, but it has its own challenges: extreme heat, humidity, poor air quality and the sun’s UV rays are just a few of the things to consider when planning a warm weather workout. Registered kinesiologist Faith Delos-Reyes, program coordinator and exercise specialist with the Women's Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women's College Hospital, offers tips on avoiding the hazards of summer fitness.

Take the nutritious jump before the baby bump!
December 2014
A healthy diet during preconception (three months before pregnancy) is important to a healthy pregnancy. This month, Women's Health Matters welcomes Ferdeela Shah, BASc, dietetic intern at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Women's College Hospital, to write about nutrition needs for women who are thinking about becoming pregnant.

How can I maintain my activities in cold weather?
February 2014 It’s not your imagination: it really is more difficult to do things outdoors in cold weather. When the mercury dips, we all need to take some precautions, whether we’re enjoying outdoor sports or trudging to the bus stop. This is especially true if you have a health condition.

Exercise choices for better bone and joint health
Jan. 31, 2014 In addition to increasing muscle strength, physical activity stimulates bone formation. It also improves posture and co-ordination, as well as balance. That helps prevent falls that can cause fractures and other injuries.

Women’s College recruiting for study probing exercise and breast cancer risk
April 19, 2013 Researchers at the Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) are shedding new light on breast cancer risk in women with BRCA mutations. A new study is probing whether exercise can influence cancer risk in women with a BRCA1 mutation.

How can I reduce my sodium intake?
April 2013 We spoke to Nicole Bourgeois, registered dietitian with the Family Practice Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital, about how much sodium we need, why too much can be a problem, and ways to reduce our sodium intake.

Exercise is strong medicine for heart health
Feb. 22, 2013 One of the most powerful treatments to help prevent heart disease doesn’t need a prescription. Cardiovascular exercise – such as walking, swimming, biking – can be a remedy for a major heart risk.

Reach new heights with altitude
August 21, 2012
Find out what it takes to train for a climb along with Women’s College Hospital whose team is embarking on a rewarding seven day trek to reach a new summit for women’s health.

Exercise for a healthy heart at any age
August 14, 2012
Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Paula Harvey, director of the cardiovascular research program at Women's College Hospital about the link between menopause and cardiac health and how it is never too late to take control of your health with the help of exercise.

Getting fitter: what's in it for you?
August 7, 2012
Most people know that improving their fitness level is good for them, but some of the reasons might surprise them. Dr. Julia Alleyne, medical director of Sport CARE at Women’s College Hospital discusses several exercise benefits for the heart, body and mind.

First steps toward fitness
July 27, 2012
Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Julia Alleyne, medical director of Sport CARE at Women’s College Hospital, and chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic team about how to become more active and improve fitness levels.

Antioxidants: what they are, why you need them, and where to find them
April 12, 2012
Antioxidants have built a reputation as “superfoods.” We look behind the hype to clarify what antioxidants are, what they do, and how they can enhance health.

Sizing up portions: what’s on your plate?
March 28, 2012
With terms like supersize and venti quickly becoming part of everyday language, it’s easy to lose perspective on how much we are eating and drinking.

Cholesterol basics
March 7, 2012 The body basics series explores cholesterol: what is and what it means for your heart health.

Eating well on the road
Feb. 22, 2012 Whether you’re vacationing or travelling on business, keeping your eating habits on track will pay off while you’re away and when you get home.

Food for thought: eating behaviour, healthy habits and disordered eating
Feb. 6, 2012 Providing you with the tools to understand and develop healthy eating habits.

Omega 3 fatty acids: what they are, why you need them, and where to find them
Jan. 30, 2012 Why omega 3 fatty acids are essential to your heart health.

Get energized about exercise: 5 tips for finding the motivation to fulfill your resolutions
Jan. 18, 2012 How to stick to your exercise resolutions for a healthier 2012.

POWER Study highlights older women's health needs 
Oct. 27, 2011 Read about the latest chapter of the POWER Study, a comprehensive study of women's health in Ontario.

Bone mineral density basics
Aug. 31, 2011 The Body Basics series takes a look at bone mineral density: learn what it is, how it's measured and why it's important.

Glucose: blood sugar basics
July 11, 2011 Learn where your body gets glucose, why it's imporant and why too much sugar in the blood can be unhealthy.

POWER study reveals rising rates of diabetes in younger women
Sept. 17, 2010 The latest report from the POWER study shows that diabetes now affects one in 10 Ontarians, and young women are being diagnosed at unprecedented rates. One of the study’s lead authors, Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe of Women’s College Hospital, discusses the findings.

Food for Thought: Strategies for Mindful Eating
April 5, 2010 Eating mindfully means having a healthy relationship with food: enjoying food and being aware of nutritional needs, but also being conscious of social and psychological factors that affect food choices. Women’s College Hospital dietitians offer tips on mindful eating based on the Craving Change program.

Take It to Heart: Most Cardiovascular Risk Factors Are Manageable
Feb. 10, 2010 Heart disease is the number 1 killer of men and women in Canada. Experts from the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital discuss 10 major cardiovascular risk factors, and what women can do to keep seven of them under control.

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