How much sodium, represented in cups of salt, does the average British Columbian consume each year? The correct answer is 11. To stay healthy, we need less than the equivalent of five cups of salt a year.
We're consuming, on average, twice as much sodium as our bodies need, which can lead to high blood pressure, kidney disease and stroke.
Sandi Gravelle of Nanaimo correctly answered a question similar to this and became the first winner in the Healthy Families BC contest. You can enter to win weekly prizes just like Sandi by registering with Healthy Families BC.
For six weeks, prizes with an estimated value of $500 will be up for grabs. A new mixer, cookware set or rice cooker could be yours just by becoming a part of Healthy Families BC. The grand prize of groceries for a year, valued at $5,000, and customized meal plans by a registered dietitian will help create a happier, healthier lifestyle for you and your family.
Chronic disease is the largest single burden on the health of British Columbians. Healthy Families BC is the ministry's health promotion and prevention strategy. It is targeted at reducing chronic diseases and obesity levels in the province through healthy eating and physical activity. The $68.7-million strategy will see the implementation of a variety of healthy living programs to improve health and promote wellness in every part B.C.
By registering for the contest, you also gain access to the Healthy Families BC Online Community. Here you can explore a wide range of healthy living resources from recipes to videos to blogs by registered dietitians and so much more.
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease are the largest causes of death and disability in British Columbia.
- Healthy living can improve the longevity and quality of life for many British Columbians.
- Evidence shows that if we are physically active, achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, enjoy a healthy diet, and refrain from smoking, we can reduce our risk factors for most chronic diseases by up to 80 per cent.
To become part of Healthy Families BC Online Community, visit http://healthyfamiliesbc.ca/communities/register and sign up.
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