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Eating through your neighbourhood

29 June 2015

We all know the importance of healthy eating and how it impacts our athletic ability. One way you can ensure that you are eating good, healthy, wholesome food is to eat food that is grown locally in your community and the communities surrounding you! Eating locally grown food not only benefits you but also benefits your community. Below are just some of the many excellent reasons to eat local food:

Holiday snacking

12 December 2014

With holiday events upon us, keeping an athlete’s diet on track can become even more difficult. With an abundance of sweets, cookies, and high-fat snacks at every function and party, how can athletes stay on track? We have some tips to help!

Talking hydration at an SOBC Healthy Athletes event in 2013.

Winter hydration and coffee intake

20 November 2014

As the temperature starts to drop, and training for winter sports starts to heat up. It is important to always think about how much water you consume in a day. Some athletes tend to find that they drink less water in the winter because they aren’t sweating as much as they do in the heat. On the contrary, winter air is cold and dry, which works just as effectively as heat at dehydrating you. As well, your body has to work harder than in the summer to keep your internal body temperature the same; this takes more energy. 


21 May 2014

Hydration is important, but what is hydrating you is just as important!

As we move into warmer weather, it’s important to keep hydrated. Hydration matters a great deal because it guards against dehydration and can also help to prevent our muscles from getting sore and tight. Water is essential to survival and helps our entire body system function properly.

Nutrition: fats

20 February 2014

Today we are going to discuss fats. Fats are an essential part of every athlete’s diet. We will discuss what fat is, some facts about fat, and when to eat fat as an athlete.

First of all, what is fat?

The name – fat – may make it sound like something you shouldn't eat. But fat is an important part of a healthy diet. Fat is especially important for your brain and nervous system to develop correctly.Many people are scared of eating too much fat. Although it is a good idea to watch your fat intake, fat is a very necessary part of any diet.

Healthy holiday habits

17 December 2013

Special Olympics Global Messenger and SOBC – Langley athlete Matthew Williams is joining in as a contributor to our series of training tips! This month, he shares thoughts for athletes on healthy eating during the holidays.

Hi athletes!

Fun with nutrition at an SOBC Healthy Athletes event.

Nutrition: carbohydrates

10 November 2013

For the next few training tips, we are going to focus on nutrition. Today we are going to discuss carbohydrates. There are a few things about carbohydrates that you might not realize.

First of all, what are carbohydrates?

Simple carbohydrates consist of one to two sugar molecules joined together. Some examples are fruit, vegetables and the sugar from milk (galactose). Simple carbohydrates are absorbed by the body very quickly which give us a fast burst of energy.

May Training Tip: Recovery Nutrition

2 May 2012

Last month we reminded you of the importance of staying healthy while traveling - for example, while you are at your Regional Qualifiers. Another important health consideration, especially at tournaments, is to make sure you eat right after every event or game. That is also true for all workouts, but this is especially important at tournaments where you are competing multiple times in a short period.