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Help kids make healthy choices A big part of being healthy has to do with diet and exercise. Here are some tips from the Ministry of Education on how to help your child maintain an active lifestyle. All Students: ■ Insist that your children eat breakfast every day, as it provides fuel for the brain to learn and helps them maintain a healthy weight. ■ Keep nutritious foods, like cut-up vegetables and fruit,

cheese sticks, low-fat yogurt and butter-free popcorn on hand to make healthy snacking easy. ■ If your child has anaphylaxis, coordinate with the school principal on an updated emergency plan that best meets your child’s needs. ■ Schedule regular dental and any necessary medical checkups. ■ Encourage your children to choose milk or water at meals instead of sugary drinks, energy drinks with excessive caffeine or pop.

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■ Help your children learn about and understand Canada’s Food Guide which encourages a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. ■ Take family walks with your children and, if possible, walk them to school. ■ Join or co-ordinate a Walking school bus or bicycle train to help your children get to school safely with adult supervision. ■ Set up a regular teethbrushing routine and ensure your children are brushing and flossing correctly. ■ Introduce your children to

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active games they can play on their own, like hopscotch or jumping rope. When more children are around, introduce tag, soccer or baseball. Intermediate/Middle Students: ■ Whenever possible, encourage your children to walk, ride, rollerblade or skateboard to school instead of driving them. ■ Suggest that your children take the dog for a walk before and after school. ■ Limit your children’s screen time. Explain to your children that it’s important to sit less and move more in order to stay at a healthy weight.

■ Continue to encourage healthy eating habits. Use Canada’s Food Guide to plan healthy meals and snacks, as they have different nutritional needs from children and adults. ■ Teach your children to avoid less-nutritious foods, foods high in sugar, fat and sodium, and help them learn to replace these foods with more nutritious snacks instead. Secondary Students: ■ Encourage your teenagers to get involved in intramural or after-school sports. ■ Suggest your teenagers take a class at the local community centre or encourage them to participate in a hiking group. ■ Place your older children in charge of some of the family’s meals so they learn how to prepare healthy foods.

Don’t go nuts over food allergies AS families across the country gear up for back to school, parents are required to understand the rules at certain peanut-aware schools or daycares before sending snacks or lunches with their children. To make things easier this year, President’s Choice and No Name brand have clearly marked their peanut-free products. Here are some other tips the company has on being peanut aware. Read labels and ingredient lists and teach your kids how to read them, too — every single time. Understand what peanut-free means — that the product or food in question doesn’t contain peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil, traces or any derivative of peanut at all. Note that it does not necessarily mean it’s tree-nut free, so parents need to read ingredient lists to be sure. Empower kids to ask questions about food origins. Kids with peanut sensitivities shouldn’t eat foods if they don’t know where, how or with what they were made. Parents and kids should be aware of the dangers of cross-contamination — using a knife to spread jam on a piece of bread that might have been used earlier in a peanut butter jar could result in an allergic reaction. When shopping for school lunches and snacks, avoid buying from bulk food bins. Even if there’s an ingredient list available, you’ll have no idea if it’s been in contact with a peanut product since scoops inevitably get moved from bin to bin. The best store-bought “baked” snacks for a peanut-free environment are cookies, crackers and cereals that are properly labelled and pre-packaged; in a traditional bakery setting, crosscontamination is very possible There are many snack choices that are nutritious, kid-friendly and don’t contain peanuts, including fruits, vegetables and dairy products.

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Stocking up on green goods FOR plenty of kids, the best part of back to school is stocking up on new school stuff. But we all know that “stuff,” and the packaging it comes in, is not good for the environment. North Shore-based eco boutique Lavish & Lime (lavishandlime.com) specializes in products that are earthfriendly and safe to use. It has plenty of picks for the new school year; here are just a few. ■ The Packit Lunch Cooler Bag ($25) keeps lunch cold for up to 10 hours — long enough to make it to after school piano lessons or soccer practice. The freezable lunch bags have a water-based cooling Eco Gel lining; no need for separate cold pack. No more throwing out the uneaten yogurt cup at the end of the day. ■ Stainless Steel Thermal Food Container ($26). Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold in this non-leaching, insulated 304 food-grade stainless steel thermos. Pack it in the morning and lunch will still be steaming by noon. This BPA-free, lead-free, phthalate-free food thermos is perfectly sized for smaller hands and appetites. ■ The Goodbyn Lunch Box ($29.50). Made of recyclable, food-safe plastic,

the Goodbyn — and the accompanying eight-ounce water bottle — are approved by the FDA and are BPA-, lead- and phthalate-free. Six individually sealing compartments and one large lid mean you can simply throw your different foods in the Goodbyn, close it up and go. Hundreds of stickers are included to let kids personalize their Goodbyn. ■ Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters ($17) make lunch fun. Taller than typical cookie cutters, these uniquely shaped sandwich cutters make it easy to cut through two slices of bread and filling, while keeping your sandwich light and fluffy. Designed

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The librarians at the West Vancouver Memorial Library warn there’s a lot of junk out there. They say relying solely on Google to gather your research materials can be problematic. Not only will you run up against broken links, outdated content and inaccurate information disguised as authoritative sources, but by stopping at Google search results researchers are only skimming the surface of all of the resources available to them. Here are 10 key online databases (available through your library) that can help students make sure that they are being as effective as possible right from the start. ■ Literature Criticism Online. A gold mine of reviews and criticism of novels, plays, poetry and other works by over 3,000 contemporary authors. ■ Shakespeare for Students. Plot summaries, characters, themes, historical context, criticism and more.

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ONLINE databases available through the library are a great source for research papers. ■ Twentieth Century History Reference Library. Articles, biographies, diaries, speeches and more from First World War, the Great Depression, Second World War and the Cold War. ■ Canadian Encyclopaedia. Biographies of Canadians, events, places, and timelines. ■ Encyclopedia of British Columbia. British Columbia past and present. ■ World Book. The online version has audio and video clips, too. Perfect for students

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Bike back to school safely DO you have fond memories of riding your bike to school as a kid? Chances are, you do.

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A large knot formed in my throat; I felt like a boa constrictor trying to swallow a baby hippo. I’ve been to YVR many times, but now that I’m moving away, I feel like I’m walking to the gallows instead of boarding a flight to San Francisco. My parents, faces determinedly set in smiles, are slightly yellow in the indoor lighting. Once we touch down in the city by the bay, I feel like an alien. Technically, I am an alien — a non-resident of the United States. At the time, I didn’t think this part of California would ever feel like home. After arriving on campus, my parents and I spent days shopping and accumulating all of the necessary “stuff”: sheets, drawer organizers, hangers, a laundry basket . . . but before I knew it, they were gone. Like millions of little birds before me, I struggled to flap my wings outside of the nest. It took more than a few tumbles before I progressed to awkward flight. The first thing I realized early on at school was that there were no rules. Well, yes, there were rules (those things I had at home), but really, when you’re on your own you make the rules. It’s very strange. There were no parents there to tell me, “It’s 4 a.m. and you have to get up early for a test tomorrow.” Being self-disciplined is harder when you’re in a strange environment. I didn’t know anyone in the Bay Area at first, so if someone walked into my room at midnight and said, “Hey, we’re going to go jump in the fountains around campus, come with us,” the answer had to be yes. Beggars looking for friends can’t always

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ABOVE: Jennifer Luther and her field hockey teammate Nora Soza cheer in the stands for the Stanford Cardinal football team. Below: Luther and her mom Shelley set up her new dorm room. be choosey. The more I started making an effort to get to know people in my classes, in my dorm, and in the dining hall, the more friendships I collected and the less homesick I felt. The more I invested in other people, the more they wanted to get to know me. I will never stop relishing the wide-eyed look I got when I told my new American friends that grizzly bears regularly steal pears from my neighbour’s tree. I never stopped missing beautiful B.C. Even in my fourth year, I still tacked up posters of Vancouver on my wall, and pointed out North Vancouver on my map

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ABOVE: Splashing around in a fountain at night. At right: Pictures of Vancouver adorn Luther’s wall. Bottom right: Luther celebrates graduation with her friend Kat Swank.

Exploring San Fran an exciting experience From page 28 our rainy city were exciting enough to slay the ghosts of Vancouver past. My new friends and I made regular pilgrimages to San Francisco, exploring the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, catching rides on cable cars, and walking through the (sometimes naked) crowd at the annual Bay to Breakers, a famous run for costume lovers. Getting to know a new place made me feel alive in a way that I could never feel walking the same streets at home — and I guarantee no one in Vancouver was tailgating at a football game

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