Health

Fernie Finest Chefs: Yan Therien

Like many of the chefs I know Yan started along the chef path early in life. The only difference is Yan was set on a career in politics and working in kitchens was merely a means to pay for the things he wanted.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Feb 28, 2011 in Health

Healthy Travelling

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always associated travel of any kind with an increased likelihood of some kind of illness.

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Feb 28, 2011 in Health

Functional Anatomy Part 5: The Trapezius

If you have ever experienced neck discomfort, it may be a smart idea to learn about the lower trapezius muscle fibres. This group of muscle fibres is part of the trapezius muscle. The lower trapezius fibres are typically under used in anyone who has poor upper body posture (forward rounded shoulders, slouching, poking chin) and can do wonders at improving posture and eliminating neck pain.

1. Where is this muscle?

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Feb 28, 2011 in Health

Fernie Fashion is Function

Fashion is North America’s ever changing variable. People conform annually to the norms set by a select few editors of prestigious style magazines. Hopefully I am not the only one who gets a good laugh from Vogue. Do they actually think that because one beautifully photo shopped woman is wearing a birds nest in her hair I am going to? Does Marc Jacobs really believe that because his models catwalked with hideously thick afros that they will be “spring’s new style”, and hair salons are going to make extra money in perms over the next few months?

Posted by Chalice Walker on Jan 29, 2011 in Health

Women's Moods

PMS, postpartum depression, menopause, mood swings…all of these are labels for a specific type of mood disorder that is characterized as being the result of various shifts in hormone levels across a woman’s life span.

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Jan 29, 2011 in Health

Fernie's Finest Chefs: Paul Haddon

Paul Haddon was surrounded by positive food experiences from an early age. He has fond memories of baking cakes with his grandmother as a child, but the real influence came from having young parents who loved to entertain. During their many dinner parties they would often find Paul in the kitchen helping out.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jan 29, 2011 in Health

Functional Anatomy Part 4: The Illiopsoas (Hip Flexors)

If you sit in front of a computer, mountain bike, cross country ski, snowshoe or ride the ski hill chances are your Illiopsoas muscle affects your life. This large muscle group is a definite troublemaker and causes plenty of low back pain in the Elk Valley because it is so commonly neglected. So if you are affected by lower back pain and want to learn more about it read on.

1. Where is this muscle?

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Jan 29, 2011 in Health

A Time of Reflection

The first twelve years of my life, I lived at the ski hill. New years always seem to bring with it nostalgic feelings for my life at the hill. Time passes so quickly that I find it hard to believe that I may be closer to being married or graduation from university than the vast majority of these memories. Everything was so simple, as I am sure anyone in recollection of their childhood may agree.

Posted by Chalice Walker on Dec 30, 2010 in Health

Fernie's Finest Chefs

For a small resort town, Fernie has a number of talented, dedicated and passionate chefs that add to the cultural diversity of our little town. I thought they were worth finding more about.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Dec 30, 2010 in Health

Functional Anatomy Part 3: The Hamstrings

This is a series focusing on specific muscles to help you better understand why you need to strengthen or stretch specifically to prevent or heal injuries. This month we take a closer look at hamstrings.

1. Where is this muscle?

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Dec 30, 2010 in Health

Youthful Giving

December is here, and with it the panic of Christmas. It seems like every year our culture is sucked into the materialistic spirit, buying endless trinkets and pity gifts to try and cover all of our bases. It’s the Walmart way, sucking us into spending as little as we can on practically useless things that all have the same destiny in a year or so - the landfill.

My goal this year is to reduce the wastefulness of giving. For all gifts to be well thought out and purposeful, and I encourage you to do the same. Here are some thoughts on practical gifts for teenagers.

Posted by Chalice Walker on Nov 30, 2010 in Health

Say Cheese

Pierre Dupont is passionate about cheese, and since moving to Fernie seven years ago secretly hoped that someone would open a cheese shop so he could shop regularly and locally for one of his favourite foods. Since no one has Pierre decided to open his own shop, showcasing hand crafted artisanal cheese made in Canada. Soon he will be known as Le Grand Fromage.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Nov 30, 2010 in Health

Functional Anatomy Part 2: The Quadriceps

This series focuses on learning about specific muscles to help you better understand why you need to strengthen or stretch in a particular way to prevent or heal injuries. This month we take a look at the quadriceps.

1. Where is this muscle?

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Nov 30, 2010 in Health

Functional Anatomy Part 1 – The Illiotibial Band

This series focuses on specific muscles to help you better understand the importance of strengthening or stretching to prevent or heal injuries. We begin with the IT Band, and will continue with Quads in December, Hamstrings in November, Hip Flexors in February and Lower Trapzius in February.

1. Where is this muscle?
It originates at the top of the outside of the hip (anterior superior iliac spine) and inserts below the knee on the outside of your lower leg (lateral chondial of the tibia).

2. What does it do?

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Nov 09, 2010 in Health

Career Planning

This past month I started my last year of high school and a question I am constantly asked is what my plan is for my career. I am sure that other seniors can identify with the feeling of being unceasingly reminded that your future holds no certainty. Of having a long stream of questions boil up from their place, constantly lurking at the back of your mind. Every time I am asked that loaded question, the following is the general thought process that goes through my mind.

Posted by Chalice Walker on Oct 29, 2010 in Health