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LIFE Webinar Series
LIFE Webinar Series: Part 2 Physical Activity – Inspired to Move
Understand how exercise can help reduce cancer risk, lessen side effects of treatment and enhance the effectiveness of cancer treatments. You’ll learn how simple and intentional movement helps you feel better and contributes to your health and well-being.
Hosted by Rachel Mark, Exercise Therapist at InspireHealth and recorded on February 9, 2016.
LIFE Webinar Series: Part 3 Nutrition – Inspired to Eat Healthy – Part. 1
This module will teach you the key areas for nutritional change to enhance your health. Even small changes to your diet may help to optimize your body’s healing potential.
Hosted by Angela Wright, Lead Nutritionist at InspireHealth and recorded on February 24, 2016
LIFE Webinar Series: Part 4 Self Care & Support
This dynamic webinar explores ways of discovering deeper levels of awareness, strategies to manage stress and how we can support authentic, healthy communication.
Lead by Dr. Janice Wright, CEO & Medical Doctor and Ashley Phillips, Clinical Counsellor, January 2015.
InspireHealth and Dr. Rob Rutledge (4-Part Webinar Series)
Part 1 Stress and Cancer: Tools for Taking charge of Your Mind
This webinar is co-hosted by Dr. Janice Wright, Medical Doctor and InspireHealth CEO and Dr. Rob Rutledge, a Radiation Oncologist and Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax.
This webinar will explore ways to discover deeper levels of awareness. You will learn about tools that can help manage stress and support well-being.
Recorded October 5, 2017.
Part 2 Inspired to Move: Managing Cancer Symptoms with Movement
This webinar is co-hosted by Kelly Wanless, InspireHealth Exercise Therapist and Dr. Rob Rutledge, Radiation Oncologist.
Some of the greatest benefits of exercise are related to the role it can play in the management of treatment-related side effects such as fatigue, joint pain and peripheral neuropathy. This webinar will explore ways that exercise may play a useful role in managing this side effects, as well as side effects that can be related to surgery such as decreased range of motion, pelvic floor dysfunction, and lymphedema.
Recorded November 2, 2017.
Part 3. Mindful and Healthy Communication
This webinar is co-hosted by Genevieve Stonebridge, Clinical Counsellor at InspireHealth and Dr. Rob Rutledge, a Radiation Oncologist and Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax.
Healthy communication can be a big goal at the best of times- and even more so during a cancer diagnosis or when navigating a history of cancer. This workshop aims to provide you with tools to help you become a more mindful communicator. Tools for mindful and healthy communication can help increase your confidence in dealing with difficult situations and can help you find ways to communicate in an authentic way. Designed for both the participants diagnosed with cancer and their support people too.
Recorded February 1, 2018.
Part 4. Reducing the Stress of Food Choices: During Cancer & Beyond
This webinar is co-hosted by Registered Dietitian at InspireHealth, Erin Roman, BSc., RD and Dr. Rob Rutledge is a Radiation Oncologist and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
There are many sources of stress in our lives on a daily basis, food should not be one of them. Come explore food choices with us; why we eat what we do and how to incorporate foods that will nourish us through our cancer diagnosis and beyond. Food and good nutrition can support us and help us through challenging times in many ways. We will dive into a pulled back view of our food choices as well as some practical tips to see you through your next meal.
Recorded June 7, 2018.
Anti – Cancer Superfoods
Become an informed foodie during this one hour session that explores the potential benefits of some top superfoods, as well as the controversies around them. You’ll not only learn how there foods can be helpful, but also when they are best for you to ingest. This is a great forum to get some answers to questions like “Should I have flax seed or avoid it?”, “Do I aim for three glasses of green juice a day?” or “is it really OK to have a piece of dark chocolate every night?”
Balancing Blood Sugar
Learn the essentials of regulating your blood sugar. Your blood sugar relates directly to inflammation in your body and if out of balance, it can lean to weakened immunity. You’ll take away practical information such as what foods to avoid and what foods actually encourage healthy blood sugar regulation. We’ll also touch on the significant role that stress plays on this important balance.
Digestion – In One End and Out The Other
How you digest and absorb your food is just as important as your food choices. Learn how your digestion affects your health and how to get the most nutritional value from all of the food you eat. Go home with tips to improve your indigestion, bloating, and bowel function. A happy bowel is a sign of happy digestion and assimilation!
Inflammation – a Natural Food-Based Approach
Learn more about inflammation from a holistic nutrition perspective. We’ll talk about all aspects of inflammation, including how it is created in the body and its role in the development of cancer. You’ll leave with practical tips to help you balance your own inflammation through your everyday food choices.
Mindful Eating – combining mind, body, and food
As important as what we eat is, how we eat contributes to our body’s ability to digest and assimilate nutrients and get more from the foods we are eating. Simple techniques brought into your daily routine can make a world of difference to your digestion, immunity, and overall well-being. Learn how to bring the art of food and eating back into the equation!
Stress, Your Body, and Nutrition
On a daily basis, we can be bombarded with all types of stresses. They might be emotional, chemical, physical, or dietary; real or perceived. But your body only has so many resources to deal with all the stressors we take on over time. Learn how your body can benefit when you decrease the stressors that are in your control, leaving you more resources to deal with the stresses that still remain. See how stresses of all types can affect your immune system, adrenal glands, weight, and mood – and what you can do about it today!
Cooking For Health
In this series of short video tutorials InspireHealth nutritionist Tamara Mackenzie guides you at a gentle pace though the first of two Ingredients for Health cooking classes. Experience cooking demonstrations and learn all of the same valuable tips and tricks that you would if you were attending in-person at our Vancouver Centre.
Follow along and learn:
• how to prepare delicious immune-boosting dishes
• how to incorporate nutrient-dense legumes into your diet
• what ingredients go into making a delicious and satisfying smoothie
• how to choose the best cookware and food storage containers
• which foods will help detoxify the body; and
• how to choose ingredients for maximum health benefits
Tamara’s warm approach is sure to put even the most food-phobic new cook at ease. Watch the videos at your own pace and as Tamara says, “Be gentle to yourself.” Small consistent changes made over time will lead to long-lasting healthy results.
Cooking for Health (7:28)
In this video tutorial, holistic nutritionist Tamara Mackenzie introduces you to some kitchen basics:
- the best cookware and storage containers
- a unique use for a microwave oven
- how to differentiate plastics that are foodsafe from ones that aren’t
- the best foods to detoxify the body
Cooking Legumes (3:52)
Holistic nutritionist Tamara Mackenzie demystifies the preparation of beans, lentils and split peas. In this video Tamara will teach you the simplicity of preparing dry legumes:
- learn why learning to cook with legumes is a great healing strategy and the myriad nutritional benefits they provide
- understand the role apple cider vinegar, bay leaves and seaweed in the preparation of legumes
- learn when to add the salt and why.
Demo: The Basic Healing Salad Dressing (3:03)
Move over Kraft! InspireHealth nutritionist and cooking instructor Tamara Mackenzie demonstrates the preparation of a simple and healthy salad dressing free from the unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients that are found in many commercially-prepared dressings.
Demo: Vitality Smoothie (9:57)
Join nutritionist Tamara Mackenzie as she prepares a tall glass of nutritional goodness. The smoothie packs a nutritional punch and is both easy to prepare and to eat. In this video Tamara will:
• introduce you to a nutrient-rich, detoxifying superfood
• tell you why it’s best to drink a smoothie at room temperature
• provide variations on a basic recipe and explain how you can add more nutrients with vegetables, nuts, seeds and spices
• explain what to avoid putting in a smoothie
Ingredient Choices (5:37)
InspireHealth instructor Tamara Mackenzie continues her introduction to the healthy and holistic kitchen where you’ll learn:
- the merits of reading food labels
- why organic is important especially when it comes to fatty foods
- that buying local is not only an environmentally-responsible choice
- an ideal cooking method that delivers maximum nutrition
Exercise & Lymphedema
Exercise can have a profoundly positive effect on reducing risk factors and management of lymphedema if performed safely, in a controlled setting, and with a progressive individualized approach. It is a common misconception that we shouldn’t exercise or perform any weight training with an area of our body that is at risk of being affected by lymphedema. Throughout this information session we explore the relationship between exercise and our lymphatic system.
Exercise, Immune Function and Inflammation
The words cancer and inflammation are often paired together, but what happens when we throw exercise into the mix? Exercise has been found to modulate immunity and inflammation. We’re going to discuss just how exercise impacts the immune system, inflammation and how this plays a role in both cancer prevention and outcome. Additionally, we’ll talk about how exercise can have an anti-inflammatory effect and if there is a specific kind of exercise that does this.
Get Motivated to Get Moving
We all know that exercise is good for us, but this knowledge alone is rarely enough. Only 5-10% of Canadian adults are meeting and maintaining the recommended amounts of daily physical activity for health. What’s the missing link? Getting started with exercise can be difficult and if you are not doing an activity you enjoy, chances are you will not keep at it. Join InspireHealth’s exercise therapy team as they share tips and tricks to help you get motivated to get moving!
Moving Towards Health
Learn how regular exercise can play a role for chronic disease prevention and management. This talk covers how to reach the recommended physical activity guidelines to help you to stay healthier or manage a chronic disease. We will discuss the components of exercise, the health benefits, and how to make it fit into your day!
Physical Activity – Inspired to Move: Exercise & Cancer
This webinar explores how exercise can be beneficial during all stages of the cancer journey. Exercise physiology - how our body can adapt to exercise and what happens in our body when we exercise. The mind-body connection and the role our autonomic nervous system can play in exercise. Then knowing the benefits of exercise, we’ll then discuss how to put it into practice.
Synergy of Exercise & Nutrition
We all desire to eat well and support our body’s natural healing mechanisms. Eating well and exercising do not have to be separate behaviours, but can actually work synergistically for an even greater effect. Join us to discuss the ways that exercise and nutrition work together to increase overall health. Learn ways to improve your exercise through eating, and ways to improve your digestion through exercise. We will also do some myth busting on some of the common misconceptions of exercise and nutrition.
The Mind-Body Connection
Have you ever noticed that your digestion weakens when you are under higher amounts of stress, or that body pain increases when your mood is down? The mind and body have a fascinating connection. This talk focuses on how regular physical activity can help with stress reduction and keep us happy and healthy. We will discuss mind-body practices such as yoga, meditation, breathing, and exercise and how these practices affect stress, depression, anxiety and mood. Come and discuss ways in which our body can affect our mind and our mind can affect our body!
Online Meditation – Guided Body Scan
Join Ashley Phillips, Clinical Counsellor at InspireHealth as she provides guided meditation that you can watch and participate in anytime.
Connecting back into the body and the breathe - it's a popular way of meditating as the body and breath is always in the present moment, it's always happening right now. It can be a useful tool to come back to present moment and if you are experiencing any pain in the body, because coming back and connecting into the body you will notice that things shift.