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Alison Tedford

Freelance Writer, Lover of Lattes and Naps

Alison Tedford is a freelance writer from Abbotsford, BC. She is a data analyst, a pole dancer and an eating disorder support group facilitator. She blogs about parenting, fitness and feminism on <a href="http://www.sparklyshoesandsweatdrops.com" rel="nofollow">www.sparklyshoesandsweatdrops.com</a>
Here's How One Fit Mama Sets An Example For Her Active

Here's How One Fit Mama Sets An Example For Her Active Family

Get active as a family. Working out together is a great way to squeeze your workouts in without squeezing out family time. Even if you're doing a workout you don't particularly love, it's more enjoyable when you're in the company of the people you do love.
10/19/2016 01:43 EDT
The Struggle Olympic Athletes Face Beyond The Finish

The Struggle Olympic Athletes Face Beyond The Finish Line

Krista Guloien is a Canadian rower, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist and newly published author. She wrote her book Beyond the Finish Line: What Happens when the Endorphins Fade to document her journey post-Olympics... the discussion moving to what happens to athletes when they retire from sport.
09/21/2016 01:14 EDT
These Stories Will Change How You Think About Men's Mental

These Stories Will Change How You Think About Men's Mental Health

When we think of Men's Health Week, we often think of prostate cancer or testicular cancer. As men account for three to four times the number of suicides of as women, one group is raising awareness of another important cause: men's mental health, depression and suicide.
06/13/2016 11:38 EDT
Chef's Advice: How To Get Your Kids In The

Chef's Advice: How To Get Your Kids In The Kitchen

"When I work with kids, I tell them, 'You are the chef, I am the sous-chef.' They feel good about themselves and they don't want to let you down. Involve them in the whole process. If you let them pick out the ingredients and bring them home from the store, they are going to be more excited to prepare it and eat it."
02/05/2016 11:54 EST
From Suicide Attempt Survivor To Mental Health

From Suicide Attempt Survivor To Mental Health Advocate

Joshua Beharry attempted to end his own life one day on the Oak Street Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia. Five years later, he is a mental health advocate and has detailed his suicide attempt to encourage other men to seek help
11/24/2015 04:54 EST
Peter James Is Livin' For The

Peter James Is Livin' For The Summer

Raised in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Peter James went on to broaden his horizons exploring the world while playing in cover bands. To say he is well-travelled would be an understatement. With 15 years of globetrotting under his belt, he's collected memories like passport stamps.
11/18/2015 06:23 EST
Why I Hate Christmas

Why I Hate Christmas Shopping

Mall Christmas shopping in December is the 8th circle of hell. It is my absolute least favourite thing to do in the history of ever. I always swear I will do it differently each year and ultimately end up doing it all over again just like last year.
11/16/2015 03:58 EST
This Woman Is Helping People Find Beauty After

This Woman Is Helping People Find Beauty After Trauma

LeiLani Kopp is a paramedical makeup artist and cosmetics manufacturer who, through countless hours of volunteer work with cancer patients and burn victims, shows that beauty is definitely more than skin deep. Her business, Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics, subsidizes the volunteer work that makes a difference in the lives of those who have been through incredibly difficult experiences.
11/01/2015 07:19 EST
Alexa Loo: From Olympic Medals to Municipal

Alexa Loo: From Olympic Medals to Municipal Politics

Alexa Loo is a two-time Olympic Snowboarder and was the first Canadian woman to win a World Cup medal in parallel giant slalom in 2006 in Italy. She was born in Richmond and is working to make it a better place through her role in municipal government.
10/19/2015 05:38 EDT
World Suicide Prevention Efforts in British

World Suicide Prevention Efforts in British Columbia

There have been thousands of words written about the prevalence of suicide among men. Thanks to the efforts of Joel Robison in collaboration with Heads Up Guys, there is also a powerful new image to bring awareness to the issue.
09/10/2015 11:33 EDT
This Sexologist Is Committed to Equality and

This Sexologist Is Committed to Equality and Inclusivity

What I love about Dr. Jess O'Reilly is her passion for sexual education, her commitment to equality and inclusivity and how accessible she is. She's the cool friend you can come to with questions and she doesn't make you feel stupid for asking.
07/17/2015 04:11 EDT
This Website Aims to Help Men Struggling With

This Website Aims to Help Men Struggling With Depression

The design is clean, sleek and inviting. It discusses emotional content without emasculating the reader in a very cool, practical way. It's an electronic representation of talking to your best buddy who knows a few things about mental health.
07/16/2015 12:50 EDT
Giving Back in

Giving Back in Multiples

The Van Marrewyk family is raising funds for the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation through the Scotia Bank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5k on June 28, 2015. The whole family, including their eldest daughter and the triplets, are walking 5km to honour the facility that got them through a tough times.
06/25/2015 06:14 EDT
I've Learned There Is No Us Versus Them With Transgender

I've Learned There Is No Us Versus Them With Transgender Issues

Recently someone in my inner circle began a relationship with a transgender woman. I learned to love someone new and accept her into my circle. Issues affecting transgender people have become my issues. I have read articles about people wanting to make policy about which bathroom is used by a transgender person. Then I realized, this isn't just a problem "they" face, it's a problem she faces.
06/12/2015 01:01 EDT
Toronto Sexologist Weighs in on Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum

Toronto Sexologist Weighs in on Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum Changes

Controversial changes to curriculum about the birds and the bees has parents in Ontario buzzing. I interviewed Dr. Jess O'Reilly, a sexologist from Toronto, on the topic. Dr. Jess says it is important to understand that comprehensive sex education doesn't hasten sexual experimentation.
06/04/2015 04:46 EDT
This Canadian Spoken Word Artist Brings New Relevance to

This Canadian Spoken Word Artist Brings New Relevance to Poetry

Shane Koyczan brings relevance to poetry, because he is inimitably relatable. He makes beautiful art from pain and speaks openly about his struggles with acquired brain injury. His candor about his struggles serve to reinforce the message: You are not alone.
04/21/2015 06:14 EDT
Meet the Body Positive Blogger Working to Dispel Weight Loss

Meet the Body Positive Blogger Working to Dispel Weight Loss Myths

Michele Burmaster of Disrupt Your Diet is a body positive blogger, an entrepreneur and an international role model in the fitness industry. She strives to change the fitness industry, while Disrupt Your Diet spreads the scientific evidence based truth about weight loss and fitness.
04/17/2015 06:00 EDT