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Rick Hansen: A True Saint

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 11:49 AM

Everybody is given the same 24 hours in a day. Today I spent four of those hours walking, running, sometimes limping with the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. The relay celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour while also bringing together 7,000...

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Willpower

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 9:54 AM

I am reading a book right now called Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney. My partner David thinks this is hilarious, since I am, apparently, the most willful person he has ever met.

Rather than argue with him or elaborate on the difference between willpower...

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Blow Up the School System

(17) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 10:52 AM

I think we should blow up the current school system and start over.

I said this to a teacher friend of mine this morning; a man who is taking a year of medical leave for a stress disorder akin to burnout. Blow it up; start over. There is so...

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Taking Action on Obesity

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 8:38 AM

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. David Butler Jones warns that if we continue on this trajectory by 2023, 70% of Canadians will be overweight or obese. (Calgary Herald) This really got my attention. I know Dr. David Butler Jones; he is a fine man, not prone to hyperbole....

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The Voice of Calm

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 2:08 PM

Every now and again I read a quotation that stops me in my tracks. Yesterday, one came through on my BlackBerry as I was sifting through the chaos of my Monday morning.

There I was enjoying my morning almond milk latte, fighting off a sore throat, the fatigue of...

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My Autistic Child Has Never Had A Friend

(4) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 4:15 PM

Everybody deserves to have friends, a person or people who love and care about them. For a special needs child, this can be the biggest challenge of all. Kilee is profoundly autistic; she is 15 years old and has never had a friend. Kilee has limited language abilities so she...

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Can Sports Raise Middle-Eastern Women's Self-Esteem?

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 6:59 AM

When I opened the Globe and Mail this week, I was absolutely delighted to see the centre section with a two- page spread of the intense faces of three female Iranian athletes in the full concentration of a rugby game. The intensity and sheer physical determination of these...

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Mom, Why Am I Fat?

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 3:55 PM

A teen boy sits opposite his mother and asks this question in an advertisement running in Georgia. The next caption says 75 per cent of Georgia parents with overweight kids don't recognize the problem. Stop sugarcoating it, Georgia.

The ad is shocking, as are all the other ads...

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Things I Am Proud of in 2011

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 11:33 AM

I am writing my list: the list of all the things I am proud I have accomplished in 2011. It sounds kind of inspiring, but in fact it encompasses mostly modest things like giving up running yellow lights, reducing my sugar intake and taking good care of my dog after...

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Concussions: A Serious Injury

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 1:39 AM

On Sunday I was skiing down Mt. Washington in British Columbia alone on a glorious sunny day when I caught an edge and veered out of control off the groomed part of the trail, where I immediately saw a gulley, couldn't jump it, and landed -- splat --...

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Random Acts of Kindness

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 2:50 PM

Last week I was driving back from Mount Washington with my girlfriend Karin when I chanced to look at my gas gauge. Chanced, may be a clue to the systematic way I remember my gas levels. The gas was getting pretty low and we had just left the...

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Let Kids Be Kids!

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2011 | 9:27 AM

The National Post ran an article last week on kid's health, titled "Are year-round sports taking toll on kids?" Parents are enrolling their kids into sports earlier and earlier, and the pressure to do more of a good thing is almost overwhelming. In the article, Dr....

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The Mystery of Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2011 | 8:18 AM

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday. Hands down, no contest. Beautiful in its simplicity. To share food and be grateful, how does life get any better than this? Collectively, we all stop and count our blessings, and share with our friends and family food, laughter and love. If only all holidays...

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Sporting a New 'Do During Terry Fox Week

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 1:03 PM

Terry Fox was a young man who lost his leg to cancer, and began his campaign to end the disease by running across this great country. Terry captured our imagination and inspired a nation with his guts and courage, and although cancer ended his journey prematurely, we never...

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Moderation: The Key to a Fun and Healthy Lifestyle

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 2:15 PM

5000 fitness professionals gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this past weekend for the canfitpro International Fitness and Club Business Conference and Trade Show. You have never seen so much colourful workout gear in your entire life. The hotels in the surrounding area were overrun with fit,...

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Feminine and Free

(38) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 10:48 AM

Congratulations Huffington Post on launching HuffPost Women. I read Arianna's comments with interest.

Women struggle with who they are on a continual basis. Plastic surgery has increased nearly 30 per cent over the last decade in children and teens. Up to

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Right to Play Rwanda

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2011 | 9:27 AM

There is something remarkable happening in Rwanda today. In a country that has been torn apart of civil war and genocide, there are children playing.

Tutsi and Hutu children, brought together by a ball and a soccer field; girls holding a red ball in their small hands for the...

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Just Start Dancing

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 5:24 PM

My partner and I have four kids between us; two of his, two of mine. These last weeks of school have been a pure hell of driving, rushing to dance recitals, helping kids study for exams, counselling kids through exam meltdowns, dropping kids off for end-of-year sport parties and packing...

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