Rate Your Plate
Do you want to know about the best food choices on the market for your health? Are you wondering when are the best times to eat for maintaining a healthy weight? In this interactive workshop you will rate your plate to see what you’re doing well and where you could make some changes to improve your health, training, and performance.

 Will Gluten-Free Make You Feel Better?
As many as 60 % of North Americans believe that a gluten-free diet will make them feel better. Many hop on the “gluten-free” bandwagon and consume huge amounts of gluten-free flour products which are just as unhealthful as those made with wheat flour. In this workshop you will learn about the health benefits from gluten and the pitfalls of processed gluten-free foods. You will also learn how to incorporate minimally processed gluten free foods into your diet to improve your health and performance.

Fooling with Foods
Ever thought of starting your day with calcium-fortified drink to boost up your bone bank and a piece of toast covered with a pine tree extract that lowers your cholesterol? Or how about a lunch of vegetable soup spiked with St. John’s wort to help cure that down under feeling you’ve been having, accompanied by a glass of apple juice with Echinacea to help ward off those sniffles? Research is identifying potential benefits of certain herbs, vitamins and minerals, now known as functional components of foods. Come to this workshop to find out which functional foods may indeed benefit your health.

Making Sense of the Foods You Eat
First we’re told that we can’t eat eggs because they are too high in cholesterol then we are told that omega 3 eggs are healthy for your heart; heart health experts say drink wine to your heart’s health but grape juice makers say that there are more health benefits in their grape juice than in the wines made from the same grapes; and a daily caffeine jolt in the morning is a supposedly bad but research now says that regular coffee drinkers are healthier than those that don’t drink coffee at all…..are you tired of all the conflicting messages about what you should eat or drink for your health? This nutrition workshop will give you the top foods and nutrition tips that can make the difference between a healthy body and a poorly nourished one.

Learning Labels
Check the fine print on your “Cranberry Nectar’s” ingredient list and you discover that it’s got more apple and grape juice than cranberry juice. Read the Nutrition Facts panel on your “cholesterol free” hydrogenated vegetable oil shortening and you quickly realize that this shortening is light on nutrition and heavy on cholesterol raising fats. This workshop will teach you how to make the best nutrition decisions in the grocery store, how to read a label and how to separate out fact from fiction in your favourite foods.

Bottom Line
There is a consensus among fitness and health professionals that the ancient art of walking is still one of the best, cheapest and safest ways to maintain or develop health/fitness, help stabilize or lose weight and to manage the daily stressors of life. The single best stimulus to walk, other than the pleasure of walking itself, is the pedometer. The pedometer allows you to be an informed walker by counting your steps, calories burned and distance traveled. This workshop will introduce participants to the pleasures of active living and the Japanese art of “Man-po Kei”, which literally means “10,000 step meter”.