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Looking for a way to stay healthy and eat well on the run? Look no further than Fresh Now, a brand new, Vancouver-based company that seeks to keep Lower Mainlanders on a healthy eating routine despite busy workdays and hectic schedules. With vending machines placed around the city and moving into community centres, Fresh Now dispenses healthy salads with add-on proteins available to boost nutritional value. Developed by Haely Lindau, a nutritionist and food lover, each salad is packed full of nutrients and fresh veggies that are all replaced daily, so eaters know they’re getting fresh salads and meats created by a chef who knows healthy food. Haely also offers seminars on healthy living to coincide with her fresh food offerings. Check out local buildings and locations for a vending machine near you!
Looking for a way to save money and teach your child the importance of savings and money management? Look no further than the Vancity Youth Credit Union, which reaches out to elementary schools to teach children money management and encourage the use and development of math skills. Vancity staff will transform a classroom into a mini Youth Credit Union over the lunch hour, including teller wickets. Students role-play as tellers under the supervision of older students and Vancity staff, and children are shown the benefits and methods for depositing their allowances in the bank. Funds are taken to a branch for processing and students will then receive monthly statements to track their savings progress. Want to take the money back out? Easy! Kids bring their parent or guardian and transactions are done at any Vancity branch. Children will learn how interest works, how to save and how to use credit. With over 25 participating schools and 2,000 students taking part, the financial future is looking bright! www.vancity.com
>> Heart Mind Online The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is excited to announce the launch of Heart-Mind Online, which aims to serve as a resource for parents and teachers. The website will provide activities and awareness about the benefits of stress management, managing conflict and friendship that can then be passed on to children to develop their Heart-Mind wellbeing. “Heart-Mind Online is a really exciting project,” says Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, interim director of the University of British Columbia’s Human Early Learning Partnership. “It is so important for parents and educators alike to have a place where they can find practical resources and tools, rooted in science, that really educate the heart. These competencies, like empathy, altruism and compassion, are so critical not only in childhood, but also later in life.” Leading experts in the field have come together to help produce Heart-Mind Online so it promises to be full of tidbits, facts and awareness of the benefits of developing compassion, care and awareness in children. www.heartmindonline.org | www.dalailamacenter.org
The Nov|Dec 2014 Holiday issue of WestCoast Families magazine