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  • Susan's Journey: Overcoming Smoking with Health Coaching

    Susan is a determined 52-year-old on a mission to improve her health. After undergoing knee surgery, she's been diligently working on rehabilitation to boost her mobility and overall function. Despite her progress, exercising leaves her struggling for breath due to her smoking habit. Eager to kick the habit but unsure how to begin, Susan finds herself at a crossroads. Enter the Health Coach – Susan's beacon of guidance within the Live Well/Bien Vivre program. Right from their initial meeting, Susan sensed she had found a supportive ally to help her achieve her wellness goals. Together, they pinpointed smoking cessation as Susan's primary focus for behavior change, closely followed by managing stress. In their sessions, Susan and her Health Coach delved into her motivation, confidence, and understanding of quitting smoking. They explored her routines, needs, and strengths, with the Health Coach steering Susan toward valuable community resources specializing in smoking cessation. Susan tapped into the regional Smoking Cessation Clinic and gleaned insights from Smoke & Vape Free NB (SVFNB) website. Not only did Susan learn what steps to take for quitting, but she also discovered how to integrate these changes seamlessly into her daily life. Essentially, she needed to acquire the skills to make lasting lifestyle adjustments that suited her. Collaborating with her Health Coach, they identified hurdles and strategies for action, aided by an action plan tool that helped her track progress. Each success bolstered her confidence. As Susan progressed, her rapport with her clinical team flourished. She proudly updated them on achieving small, realistic goals and became more engaged in following their treatment plan. Her internal drive to succeed surged. Delving deeper, Susan gained insight into why smoking had become her go-to coping mechanism. Together with her Health Coach, she uncovered her stressors, learned to gauge stress levels, and crafted a plan to adopt healthier stress management techniques in her daily routine. Gradually, these strategies replaced the impulse to reach for a cigarette, becoming ingrained habits. Not only did Susan triumph in quitting smoking, but she also mastered healthier stress management. Consequently, her physiotherapy sessions became more manageable as her breathing improved. Though not flawless, Susan's progress was undeniably headed in the right direction. Grateful for the support from the Live Well/Bien Vivre

  • Transforming Lives: How Health Coaching Ignited Jerry's Journey to Wellness

    In the bustling pace of modern life, it's easy to overlook the vital role physical activity plays in our overall health. Yet, the story of Jerry, a 37-year-old father of three, is a testament to the transformative power of health coaching in revitalizing one's well-being. Join us as we delve into Jerry's inspiring journey from a sedentary lifestyle to reclaiming his health, vitality, and dreams through the guidance and support of a dedicated health coach. The Journey Begins: Jerry's Determination to Thrive Jerry's story begins with a realization—a deep desire to rewrite his health narrative. Motivated by a family history of heart disease and driven by his aspirations to lead an active life and be there for his children, he embarked on a quest for change. His health concerns—high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and autoimmune disease—loomed large, urging him to take action. Facing Challenges and Embracing Change The initial steps weren't without hurdles. Jerry's sedentary lifestyle and health conditions posed significant obstacles. Fearful of aggravating his autoimmune disease, he struggled to kickstart his physical activity routine despite purchasing a gym membership. Obstacles like delayed gym membership arrival, lack of suitable workout attire, and an absence of routine further impeded his progress. Enter the Health Coach: A Guiding Light In stepped the health coach from Live Well | Bien Vivre, offering a personalized approach tailored to Jerry's needs. Through a series of sessions, they charted a path forward, dismantling barriers and nurturing Jerry's motivation. The coach provided a nurturing space, empowering Jerry to set achievable goals, take gradual steps, and build confidence in his ability to embrace physical activity without exacerbating his health concerns. Overcoming Obstacles, Embracing Triumphs Month after month, Jerry's progress was marked not just by physical changes but by a newfound sense of empowerment. With the health coach's guidance, he structured routines, conquered fears, and gradually increased his physical activity. The coach's unwavering support, even outside formal sessions, became Jerry's cornerstone, reinforcing his determination to succeed. A Glowing Transformation: Reaping the Rewards The culmination of Jerry's efforts radiated in his transformed lifestyle. From a sedentary existence to a routine of gym workouts thrice a week and outdoor walks twice a week, his vitality surged. The most remarkable triumph? His diabetes went into remission, blood sugar levels stabilized, and he was brimming with energy. Jerry not only reconnected with his children through play but also dared to pursue his dream of becoming a volunteer firefighter—a testament to his renewed vigor and passion for life. Conclusion: A Journey of Empowerment and Triumph Jerry's journey embodies the incredible impact health coaching can have on one's life. Through unwavering support, personalized guidance, and a commitment to gradual change, he overcame barriers that once seemed insurmountable. His story stands as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path for anyone seeking transformation and reaffirming the profound difference a health coach can make in achieving holistic wellness. Final Thoughts Jerry's remarkable transformation speaks volumes about the power of dedication, guidance, and support in fostering a healthier lifestyle. If you're facing similar challenges or seeking to revitalize your well-being, remember—small steps lead to significant changes. With the right guidance and determination, you too can embark on a journey of renewal and vitality. At Live Well | Bien Vivre, we're committed to empowering individuals like Jerry to rewrite their health stories. Join us in embracing change, overcoming obstacles, and embracing a vibrant, healthier you.

  • Transform Your Diet: Simple Steps to Better Eating with Our Guidance

    Embarking on the path to a healthier lifestyle begins with transforming your eating habits. Live Well | Bien Vivre is here to guide you through this journey, offering personalized support and expert advice. Let's explore how our health coaching program can empower you to achieve lasting improvements in your eating habits. Setting the Foundation: Understanding Your Eating Habits In your initial sessions with a dedicated Health Coach, you'll have the opportunity to delve into your current eating habits. Together, you'll assess your dietary choices, identifying both strengths and areas for improvement. This crucial step lays the foundation for your personalized plan. Navigating Nutritional Guidance: Your Roadmap to Balanced Eating Understanding what constitutes a balanced diet can be confusing. Your Health Coach will provide you with valuable insights and resources, such as the Canadian Food Guide, to help you navigate the world of nutrition. Discover the right balance of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains tailored to your preferences and lifestyle. Implementing Small Changes: Cultivating Healthy Eating Habits The key to lasting change lies in small, manageable steps. Your Health Coach will assist you in crafting a practical action plan, focusing on simple yet impactful changes to your daily routine. Whether it's incorporating more vegetables into your meals or opting for healthier snacks, these gradual adjustments will pave the way for a sustainable transformation. Building Resilience: Overcoming Challenges in Your Dietary Journey No journey is without obstacles. Together with your Health Coach, you'll identify potential challenges and develop effective strategies to overcome them. Building resilience is crucial in maintaining healthy eating habits, and your coach will empower you with the tools to navigate social events, cravings, and busy schedules without derailing your progress. Celebrating Progress: Acknowledging Your Achievements Tracking your progress is essential for motivation. In your coaching sessions, you'll celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. By acknowledging your successes, you'll stay motivated and inspired to continue making positive changes to your eating habits. Fostering Long-Term Success: Integrating Healthy Eating into Your Lifestyle As you progress, healthy eating will become second nature. Your Health Coach will support you in integrating these newfound habits into your daily life, ensuring that your improved eating habits are sustainable in the long run. With the skills and knowledge gained through our program, you'll confidently navigate any challenges that come your way. Embrace the transformative power of healthy eating with Live Well | Bien Vivre's expert guidance. Let's work together to create a personalized plan that fits your unique needs and goals. Start your journey to nutritional wellness, by connecting with a Health Coach today! Remember, this program is no cost and available to all New Brunswickers 19+.

  • Diane's Journey to a Healthier, Happier Life Through Health Coaching

    Meet Diane, a 54-year-old who knew she needed to make a change for her health but was unsure where to begin. After a conversation with her family doctor, who recommended working with a Health Coach, Diane hesitated initially but decided to make the call. Little did she know how transformative this decision would be for her well-being. During that first call, Diane was pleasantly surprised by the warm, friendly, and inviting demeanor of her Health Coach. The Health Coach explained that the program's support came at no additional cost, thanks to funding from the Department of Health of New Brunswick. This assurance eased Diane's mind, and she felt a newfound sense of hope that her Health Coach could help her achieve her long-term lifestyle goals. Still, on the morning of her first appointment, Diane felt a bit nervous. She knew her Health Coach would ask questions and explore ways to improve her health and lifestyle. Living with chronic conditions like pain, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes presented significant challenges, and Diane recognized the need for guidance in overcoming these barriers. To her relief, Diane found her Health Coach easy to talk to and nonjudgmental. At the end of their meeting, the Health Coach asked Diane what she believed would be the best first step toward improving her lifestyle. Diane appreciated the approach; it was up to her to determine the areas she was ready to work on. She felt truly heard and valued. Over the course of the first month, Diane met with her Health Coach three times. She appreciated that her goals were concise, and her Health Coach helped her recognize the positive changes in her lifestyle and health. Achieving these short-term goals boosted her motivation, and the coaching sessions provided valuable feedback on the next steps to take. Slowly but surely, progress was being made, and Diane was thrilled with the results. After a month, Diane felt so motivated and confident that she decided to space out her meetings. Over the next three months, she met with her Health Coach four times, now on a four-week schedule. Despite fewer meetings, Diane felt empowered and saw herself making consistent, positive choices. With her Health Coach's support, Diane also learned how to navigate the inevitable ups and downs of lifestyle changes. She developed strategies and backup plans to stay on track when life presented challenges. Four months and a total of seven meetings later, Diane was not only empowered and confident in maintaining her goals but also equipped with the tools to bounce back on challenging days. Diane understood that she was human, not a machine, and she learned to embrace the ebb and flow of progress. Diane was happier, healthier, and fully engaged in her health goals, all while doing things her way. Health Coaching had played a pivotal role in helping Diane reach her desired destination. Her final words to her Health Coach were, "That was the best call I ever made, and I’m glad my you picked up the phone that first day!" It was a privilege to support Diane on her journey to better health and well-being, and we would be delighted to support you. Click here to contact a Health Coach today, to take the first steps towards a healthier you.

  • Discover the Benefits of a Health Coach

    At what age were you first exposed to the role of Coach? You were probably very young. What is a Coach? A Coach is a support that helps guide you. It does this in a structured way that limits options and possibilities. A Coach might also tell you what to do in a straight-forward, direct, and overpowering way. That description of a Coach is the complete opposite of what Health Coaching represents. Health Coaching A Health Coach practices active listening and is easy to talk to, they build a working relationship with clients based out of trust and mutual respect. A Live Well |Bien Vivre Health Coach spends time to understand their client. A Health Coach is interested in what you have to say and wants to gain your perspective. A Health Coach will guide their client to help them take a stand on the topics that are important to them, not the Health Coach. Each individual has the right to figure out how to improve their lifestyle and how it best works for their life. Accessing the support from a Health Coach has been shown to be beneficial in order to break down the steps to get to where the individual wants to be. Most people know where they are in their journey of bettering their lifestyle. They also know where they would like to be. A Health Coach will guide, support and breakdown the journey from the starting point to the end goal. That breakdown of steps is done in a way where change can become as comfortable as it can be by working on a process that includes an increase in a person’s motivation to accomplish their goal, and an increase in the selective confidence to accomplish that goal. The guidance provided by a Health Coach not only centres around knowledge, but is also focused on actionable tactics. Managing our levels of physical activity or living with a balanced diet is not solely based on knowledge. Direct and indirect skills are associated to knowledge so we can learn to make better choices. Those choices and behaviors need to be embedded, reinforced, and practiced on a daily basis so that they can get to a point where they become somewhat effortless. A Health Coach creates a process, in partnership with their client, of positive reinforcement where the more you do better, the more you want to continually improve. Health Coaches create empowerment for the client so that they are inspired to continue to make change happen, instead of trying to push themselves to change. The goal is to build a process where we see happier, healthier New Brunswickers. And we are ready to help! If you need help to improve your eating habits, increase physical activity, or learn how to manage stress in a healthier way, a Live Well | Bien Vivre Health Coach will help you arrive at a point where you are maintaining those changes. Book a consultation with a Heart & Stroke NB Health Coach and learn more about this no-cost program here.

  • Guiding Stroke Recovery; Jannick Thériault, Stroke Navigator

    Meet Jannick Thériault, a Stroke Navigator with Heart & Stroke NB. As we recognize Stroke Month, we're thrilled to shine a spotlight on Jannick and the invaluable role she plays in helping those who have experienced stroke return to everyday life. Hear from Jannick about her impactful work as a Stroke Navigator, and the incredible difference she makes in her clients’ road to recovery. Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you became a Stroke Navigator? I am a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and have worked primarily with seniors both in community and in long term care. I’ve always been someone who enjoys helping others in any way I can, so when I came across the posting for the Stroke Navigator position, I knew I had to apply. I’ve had the pleasure of working as a Stroke Navigator now for the past 3 years! Q: What does a typical day as a Stroke Navigator look like for you? A typical day for me involves meeting with my clients – either by phone, virtually, or in-person. I usually meet with four clients per day. We receive referrals to our program on a regular basis and in between sessions I am often contacting potential clients to book their first appointment. I am also involved in other projects and initiatives that are part of our overall Stroke Navigation program. Q: How does the Stroke Navigation program help individuals who have experienced a stroke? The Stroke Navigation program really focuses on each of our client’s unique needs – these can range from educating clients about the effects of stroke, risk factors and how to prevent future strokes from happening, to obtaining resources that are helpful along the stroke recovery journey. Our Stroke Navigation program is there so that individuals who’ve had a stroke don’t have to go through it alone. It offers peace of mind by ensuring they’re referred to the right health care professionals and services to help them along the way. Q: What are some of the challenges stroke survivors face when transitioning back to everyday life, and how do you assist them? Some of the common areas of challenge for my clients include physical, cognitive and emotional changes. Sometimes they have difficulties resuming daily living activities, or struggle with mobility issues, communication, fatigue, vision, not being able to drive and even financial needs. The good news is that there are several services available to help in these areas! By getting to know our clients, I am able to connect them with appropriate programs or services and set them on a successful track forward. Q: As a Stroke Navigator, what advice or encouragement would you give to stroke survivors who may be feeling overwhelmed? I would encourage them to contact us and discover how a Stroke Navigator is able to help support them through their journey. We know that a stroke can be overwhelming and challenging, but no one has to go through this it alone. Call us at 1-800-663-3600 - we are here to help! Q: What kind of impact does Stroke Navigation have on family members or caregivers of those who have experienced stroke? We provide support to family members and caregivers – which can be as simple as answering their questions, providing guidance for referrals, offering education and resources, or serving as a listening ear. We can ease the feeling of uncertainty by offering a direction forward. Q: What inspires you most about being a Stroke Navigator, and why is this work so important to you? The ultimate goal of our Stroke Navigation program is to give our clients the tools, education, and resources so they feel confident in being able to self-manage after discharge from hospital. Every day I get the privilege of helping people which fuels my soul! Being able to work with clients soon after returning home, helping them through their challenges and seeing them gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to return to their life after stroke is so inspiring. I am so fortunate to be able to be part of their journey! Jannick Theriault’s role as Stroke Navigator showcases the support provided by the Stroke Navigation program. Through this program, stroke survivors receive the guidance and resources they need to rebuild their lives. To learn more or for a referral, click here.

  • Leisure and Recreation after Stroke

    Engaging in activities that you enjoy can help structure your day after stroke. Leisure activities refresh the mind, the body and the spirit. Leisure can help you increase your independence and give you a greater feeling of self-confidence all while engaging in activities that bring you joy! Written by: Jannick Thériault, CTRS, Stroke Navigator What is Leisure? Leisure is your free time, away from work or duties, where you have the ability to spend it how you would like. Leisure activities tend to be more intrinsic in nature with a focus on perceived freedom, feelings of satisfaction, enjoyment, and gratitude. Example of leisure activities can include; walking/hiking, watching a movie, drawing/colouring, reading, knitting, listening to music, games, meditating, etc. What is Recreation? Recreation is defined as “…the experience that results from freely chosen participation in physical, social, intellectual, creative and spiritual pursuits that enhance individual and community wellbeing.” These are the activities that you may engage in during your free time to bring you a sense of enjoyment, accomplishment, balance, and physical fitness. Example of recreation activities can include; sports, hiking, going to the gym, fishing, biking, travel, etc. What are the Benefits of Leisure/Recreation? What you choose to do with your free time can have a great impact of your overall well-being. Engaging in leisure activities adds therapeutic benefit to your rehabilitation goals. Now, let’s take a look at why leisure and recreation are so important. Promotes overall quality of life Provides satisfaction, enjoyment and pleasure Enhances belonging in a community Promotes skills development Increases self-esteem and self-confidence Promotes self-management and self-efficacy Reduces stress Provides social engagement Allows personal and spiritual growth Ways to Engage in Leisure Activities after a Stroke Think about the meaning and the role of leisure in your life First, reflect on what leisure means to you? What importance does it hold in your day to day? Try looking at what brought you joy before your stroke and how you can engage in activities that give you the same feelings. Identify your current activities and interests in leisure Reflect on the things you like to do in your spare time. Think about the activities you enjoy, the activities that you do, the activities you used to do before your stroke and the sense of pleasure you gain from engaging in such activities. Who can help you re-engage in your leisure activities? Your family and friends are a great support network and people who can help you re-engage in leisure activities. Make sure you are ready and ask for help if needed. If your family or friends feel overwhelmed or are unsure where to begin they can reach out to occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, recreation therapists and/or psychologists, these health professionals are all able to help you resume your leisure activities. Adapting some of your leisure It is possible for you to return to your previous leisure pursuits after a stroke. Depending on the severity and outcomes of your stroke, you may need to adapt some of your past leisure activities. Doing things you enjoy and connecting with others can boost your mood, and relieve stress. For example: If you find yourself unable to hold/read a book there are ways you can still enjoy reading. Some of the options available include; book holders, large print books, electronic readers and audiobooks. A health professional such as an Occupational Therapist or a Recreation Therapist can help you find ways to adapt your leisure post-stroke. These can include assistive devices, modified equipment or finding a suitable location to accommodate your leisure needs. Look at your leisure from a different perspective Get creative and adventurous! Seek new activities that are meaningful to you. Learn to look at things in a different lens. Let’s say you were someone who loved to walk in the woods and observe birds but are unable to at this current time, there are alternative ways to bring yourself the same sense of enjoyment but in a different way. You could view documentaries on birds, you could read a book, view a YouTube video of birds, place a bird feeder in your yard or go on a virtual walk in the woods all from the comfort of your own home capturing the same essence and value of this activity and what it brings to you. Lastly, don’t give up! With a positive mindset and perseverance you will learn to enjoy your leisure and recreation after a stroke. Finding the time to enjoy and participate in activities that are meaningful to you play an important role in your overall quality of life. Definitions of leisure, play, and recreation – Human Kinetics Recreation and Leisure after Stroke - YouTube Leisure | Heart and Stroke Foundation Your Stroke Journey Guide.pdf About Recreation Therapy – CTRA – Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (canadian-tr.org) Framework for Recreation in Canada (sportforlife.ca) Leisure & Participation - Strokengine

  • May 15th Super Bingo | Mothers Day

    Super Bingo We are very excited to announce the third Super Bingo! This weeks Super Jackpot will once again be $20,000! Come join us on Monday night, May 15th for your chance to win big. We have a guaranteed total prize pool of $5,000 to giveaway across all games if no one wins the Super Jackpot! Special Games This week we will feature 5 unique games with increased prizes. Game 1: $450.00 | Game 2: $550.00 | Game 3: $650.00 | Game 4: $850.00 | Game 5: $20,000 If you receive a full card in 50 balls or less you will win the Super Bingo $20,000 Jackpot! If 51 balls or more are needed for a full card, the consolation purse will be $2,500! Mothers Day The Heart & Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick would like to take a moment to recognize and wish all mothers a happy, restful, and fulfilling Mothers Day. We all have women in our lives who have played an important role in forming who we are and how we have grown. Let's take this time to show our appreciation and gratefulness for the impacts they have made. Our community is fortunate to be diverse, welcoming, and empowering. This would not be achievable without all of the talented, knowledgeable, and gifted women who predominantly lead our organization. Happy Mothers Day to all!

  • Automated external defibrillators funded for schools

    01 March 2023 RIVERVIEW (GNB) – Every school in the province will now be equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) thanks to a partnership between the provincial government and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick. Devices will be placed at the final 49 schools which did not already have one. An AED is a portable, easy-to-use device that can restart the heart of a person who is in cardiac arrest. “Public schools play a central role as gathering places for all age groups in communities across the province,” said Health Minister Bruce Fitch. “This investment in AEDs means every community with a school now has access to this life-saving equipment.” The cost of installing all 49 AEDs is about $175,000. “Equipping all public schools with AEDs makes our facilities safer, both for students and staff and for those who use our schools for different community events,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Bill Hogan. “We are proud to have partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick to accomplish this milestone.” A cardiac arrest, when the heart suddenly stops beating, can happen to anyone at any time. Survival rates drop significantly without an AED or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When AEDs are used in combination with CPR within the first few minutes, the chances of survival can double. “We have seen time and time again the impact that AEDs can have when utilized in a timely manner,” said Dr. Michel D’Astous, cardiologist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and a member of the board for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “It is a matter of life and death, and today we can celebrate that every school in our province is helping to close a gap in the delivery of emergency medical services.” Experts recommend that AEDs be available in locations where large groups of people gather, or where emergency medical services may take longer to reach. “Thanks to the generosity of so many donors, our foundation has placed 471 AEDs in communities throughout the province. We are proud that some of those units have already been used by heroic bystanders to save the lives of many New Brunswickers,” said Kurtis Sisk, CEO of the foundation. “With this announcement we are not only able to make AEDs more accessible to more people, but we are also spreading awareness about the vital impact of this life-saving tool. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is proud to have now, with the support of the provincial government, placed 520 AEDs, including all schools in New Brunswick.” AEDs are effective and safe devices that have been specifically designed for anyone to use. In a situation where every second counts, Sisk said, the foundation is focused on making AEDs accessible in as many public spaces as possible. It is estimated that more than 700 cardiac arrests happen each year in the province.

  • February is Heart Month!

    Paper Hearts Heart and Stroke NB is a health charity active in communities across New Brunswick and February is Heart Month! Heart Month is a time to focus on the importance of cardiovascular health and what we can do to reduce our risk of developing cardiovascular disease. We are rallying New Brunswicker's behind a cause that touches every single one of us in some way – unexpectedly, tragically, and often at the very heart of our homes. We aim to make the healthy choice the easiest and most popular choice available. Did you know that 24% of all deaths in New Brunswick are due to Heart Disease or Stroke? Did you know that 70% of adults and 36% of NB children are either overweight or obese? We are working to change these statistics. During February, Heart and Stroke NB and our amazing partners across the province join forces for our Paper Hearts Campaign. Retailers include: Circle K, Jean Coutu, Kent, Giant Tiger, and so many more. At their locations, you may see red paper hearts displayed in their stores, and you may even be asked to donate to the fundraiser. By purchasing a Paper Heart you are directly funding the next breakthrough! Tips from Heart and Stroke NB In the spirit of Heart Month, we encourage everyone to take some time to reflect and improve their quality of life as best as they can. People live busy lives and trying to make all kinds of lifestyle changes can become counter-intuitive. Try focusing on ONE small habit change at a time! The Live Well | Bien Vivre program offers health coaching at no charge to New Brunswicker's 19+. Health Coach Courtni Soucy explains, "When thinking about working on new goals and habits, it may be beneficial to consider them through the lens of process-based goals. A process-based goal focuses on the activities or processes that can be implemented to eventually result in a better outcome. Process-based goals are more realistic, attainable, and sustainable in the long term. While 'being healthier' may be the desired outcome, we want to ask ourselves: what processes can we incorporate to tangibly improve your health?" Courtni reminds us that: The goal is not to do everything at once and taking small steps to work towards our goals can lead to huge gains in the long term. As we continue on our journey through change, we can always re-evaluate and readjust our goals as needed. Many people make food-related resolutions this time of year, usually with a weight loss goal in mind. However, rigid diets do not usually set people up for success or long-term weight loss. Registered Dietitian Johanna McLeod goes on to say, "Disappointment from eliminating favorite foods, difficulty adhering to a different eating style than others at home, discomfort from hunger, and guilt when including "off-limit foods" are all common roadblocks in traditional restrictive diets." Johanna offers a solution to this, to consider mindful eating as a way of expressing kindness to yourself while you work toward your healthy eating goals. Johanna describes mindful eating as essentially meaning paying attention. It involves being in tune with what is going on around you with all of your senses and what you are experiencing at the moment, without judgment, while eating. She acknowledges that we are certainly encouraged to choose foods that promote wellness; however, eating mindfully means not being judgmental or critical of your choices if you choose something that is not traditionally viewed as "nutritious." Resources Please call 1-800-663-3600 to get in touch with a Live Well | Bien Vivre Health Coach. To purchase Paper Hearts, check out your local Circle K, Jean Coutu, Kent, or Giant Tiger.

  • Get Involved with #NBHeartsinMotion

    NB Hearts in Motion NB Hearts in Motion is a hashtag campaign in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick. It is designed to create awareness about physical activity, heart disease and stroke as well as raise money for the Foundation. All of the funds raised stay in New Brunswick. This super fun, flexible, and easy fundraiser can bring your group together for a great cause! There are only four steps to this event: Choose a date and time for your event. Collect donations using the supplied donation form as you lead up to your event. Get active with your teammates (friends, family, and/or coworkers) on your chosen date. Post photos on your social media with the hashtag #NBHeartsinMotion Amazing Fundraising Rewards $100 - T-Shirt $250 - Sweater $500 - Pressure Cooker Interested in getting involved but need more information on why it's important? 52.5% of New Brunswick adults are considered physically inactive. 63% of New Brunswick adults are not physically active enough to gain any significant health benefits. Among adults, NB has the country's highest rate of physical inactivity. 70% of adults in New Brunswick are either overweight or obese. New Brunswick adults have the highest rates of obesity in all of Canada. We are looking for New Brunswick businesses, unions, groups, friends and families to help spread the #NBHeartsinMotion message! Send an email to asmith@hsf.nb.ca if you'd like to register your team! The program can be run anytime, has no cost to your team and is completely flexible!

  • Intuitive Eating Over the Holidays

    Written by Emily MacEachern, Dietetic Intern Intuitive eating is a non-dieting approach to food that involves listening to your body's hunger and fullness cues rather than following any food rules or restrictions. This style of eating has been shown to improve both physical and mental health, as well as relationships with food. Below are four ways that you can use the principles of intuitive eating to help you to better enjoy the holidays and be more present with family and friends: 1. Give yourself unconditional permission to eat: The holidays only come once a year and represent a short window of time when compared to the rest of the year. Instead of trying to avoid eating “unhealthy” foods, allow yourself to eat and enjoy the foods that you want. In doing so, you can prevent the uncontrollable cravings that come with restricting, as well as the feelings of guilt and shame that follow when we “cave”. 2. Honour your hunger: The holidays can be especially busy with planning family visits and other holiday activities. It’s easy to get wrapped up and forget to eat. Make sure to check in with your hunger throughout the day and eat as regularly as you can. If you’re short on time, try keeping some snacks or quick meals on hand like hummus and crackers, soups, or ingredients for sandwiches to make regular eating more attainable. 3. Feel your fullness: It can be easy to eat past fullness when you’re surrounded by food, and that is ok (see point 1)! But it can also be good to check in with yourself midway through eating to see how full you feel and if you're still enjoying your meal. If you find that you're past comfortable fullness or you’re not enjoying it anymore, you may decide to put it away for later when you can enjoy it again. 4. Discover the satisfaction factor in your holiday meals: The holidays are one of the few times a year when you may be surrounded by lots of delicious meals, desserts, and famous family recipes. Allow yourself the pleasure of eating the foods made by friends and family by taking the time to savour each bite. Consider these principles this holiday season! For more information and resources on intuitive eating, check out IntuitiveEating.Org.

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