Sandra Gentleman

Better meals promote better health for everyone

People who share meals together generally eat more nutritious foods regularly and have better nutritional status overall.

Keep shining with Vitamin D this winter

Have you heard of the sunshine vitamin? Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that we get from the sun hitting the skin.

How essential are supplements?

Do you sometimes wonder if you are getting all of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs daily to be healthy?

School spawns inner sandwich artists

Being organized and getting prepared before the school day helps to make brown bag lunches more nutritious, economical and exciting.

HEALTHY LIVING: Stand up and move

Learn how to combat a sedentary lifestyle with some helpful lifestyle and nutritional tips.

HEALTHY LIVING: Colour your world with a rainbow of veggies

The garden brings colour to our world and these colours from veggies and fruits offer healthful benefits to our body when eaten.

Portion distortion hits North American waistlines

As dishes and cutlery continue to grow in size, our waistlines are following suit.

Keep your best food forward: plan, shop, cook, enjoy

With the month of March comes the start of spring, plus the annual National Nutrition Month, supported by Dietitians Of Canada.

HEALTH: Mindful eating: listen to your internal cues

People have gotten away from listening to their bodies to tell them when they should fuel up with healthy foods.

COLUMN: Start school year off right with healthy eating

Alberni dietitian and columnist offers up tips for why breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Open w-i-d-e for good health

Oral hygiene is vital to good health in the future. Cavities and tooth loss can influence what is eaten over time.

Weather’s perfect for a hike in Alberni

If you've gained weight over the winter months then with Alberni having some of the best trails around you should take a hike to lose it.

Eye opening methods for sleep

Along with eating well and regular exercise, getting good quality sleep is important for optimal health, well being and disease prevention.

HEALTHY LIVING: Keys to health help prolong life

Do eating healthier and exercising actually help us live longer? Check out these tips and decide for yourself.

Battle of the bulge starts with smart choices

If your New Year's resolutions include ‘more exercise’ and ‘taming the bulge’ then this month's column is for you.

Don’t let food take the bite out of your wallet

Alberni registered dietician Sandra Gentleman schools readers on healthy eating issues.

Pack a healthy lunch and save some green

Brown bagging your lunch for work or school is an excellent way to keep your food budget and waistline on track.

Shrimp not the only thing on the barby

Summer might almost be over, but there's no end to careful food preparation or

HEALTHY LIVING: Topping up your fluids in summer’s heat

Summer’s here and living in the Alberni Valley, the hotspot of Vancouver Island brings a multitude of outdoor activity and recreational fun. Our amazing land and water trails provide ample opportunity to get out and play with friends and family. So it's even more important to stay hydrated in the summer heat.