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Level Up With These Discounts From Our Partners

By | Business

Are you wondering what to do with all your time at home, or maybe you need a break from the computer? Here’s your chance to take advantage of the opportunity to Level-Up!

canfitpro wants to help and has partnered with some of the best Education Providers in Fitness to offer FREE webinars, resources, and uniquely discounted online courses.

Offers are extended to canfitpro members until April 30th.

Human Kinetics

Use code HKATHOME to receive 25% off all courses, e-books and video on demand.

 

NPE

NPE has a New Online Course:
‘KICK-START’.

Save now and pay $699 CAD (reg. price $1,000).

 

Functional Movement Systems

Receive 40% off FMS Level 1 Online Course.

Use code can40FMS at checkout.

 

PL3Y Inc.

Enter discount code: DPCFP2020 and receive 40% off.

DANCEPL3Y KIDS Online Instructor Training 

DANCEPL3Y PRESCHOOL Online Instructor Training 

 

DTS

Start with a FREE WEBINAR: Friday March 27th: Essentials of Low Back Pain for Personal Trainers.

Go to dtsvips.com to register, watch replays and download resources.

Receive 50% off all online courses.

Hosting Virtual Workouts 101: Connect with Your Clients And Members

By | Business

During this unprecedented time, the world of Group Fitness and Personal Training is changing overnight. We know you want to make it simple for your clients and members to stay motivated, accountable and connected to reach their goals.

So how can you do that? Go virtual!

Lead a class or host a personal training session online.

Today’s technology offers creative options to host a live, virtual training class or session with your clients using Facebook, Instagram, Zoom or a host of other technologies.

Below is everything you need to know to set up virtual training, either live streaming or pre-recorded, to ensure that your clients stay fit and healthy.

HOSTING A VIRTUAL WORKOUT: THE BASICS

FILMING

Make sure you test before your workout goes live, learn the technology to ensure that nothing can go wrong during filming and don’t forget to make sure that the video and audio quality is set to the highest possible setting.

If you’re using your phone to film the workout, make sure it’s either attached to a tripod or that it’s standing on a stable surface. You don’t want the camera to fall during the workout!

LOCATION

Ensure the room has great or natural lighting. If the room is too bright or too dark, people will not be able to see what you’re doing. And ensure you’re filming horizontally to maximize your frame.

MUSIC

If you’re using music in your workouts, please ensure you have the appropriate licenses and remember that the music license for social and online platforms differs from the license for music use in-club and in-studio. Contact your employer or music supplier for more information.

HOW TO HOST LIVE, PUBLIC GROUP WORKOUTS

TRAINER+

canfitpro’s favourite Personal Training tool is Trainer+ where you can build virtual programs and workouts for your clients. It also comes with a robust exercise library you can draw from.

The web portal is designed for trainers to build content and manage clients. You can search through an exercise library and make workout and program templates.

The database contains over 1500 exercises with their corresponding video, but you can also create your own exercises. It also has a collection of existing shared workout, program and assessment templates.

Take 40% off Trainer+!

To access Trainer+ and receive the exclusive canfitpro discount, log into your canfitpro member portal.

Click “Resources” and access Trainer+.

To find out more about Trainer+ and what it can do, watch the videos on our website.

FACEBOOK LIVE

You can host a live virtual workout with your clients on Facebook through your personal or business page. Make sure you have your camera enabled. The best camera set up is always vertical or portrait.

You can host a live virtual workout with your clients on Facebook through your personal or business page. Make sure you have your camera enabled.

  1. Click Create Post at the top of your News Feed.
  2. Click, then click “Live Video”.
  3. Write a short description.
  4. Click “Go Live” in the bottom right-hand corner.

Note: Use the Google Chrome web browser to go live from your computer. Otherwise, you can use the app directly from your smartphone or tablet.

For more information on how to use Facebook, visit the Facebook Support Centre.

INSTAGRAM LIVE

  1. Tap in the top left of the screen or swipe right from anywhere in the app.
  2. Scroll to “Live” at the bottom of the screen, then tap
  3. The number of viewers appears at the top of the screen and comments appear at the bottom. Tap Comment to add a comment, and tap a comment and tap Pin Comment to pin it so that viewers can see it more easily.
  4. To turn comments off, tap (iPhone) or (Android) then select “Turn Off Commenting”.
  5. When you’re done, tap “End” in the top right-hand corner, then tap to confirm.
    From there, you can tap in the top left to save it to your camera roll, or share it to your Story.
    It may take a minute for your live video to save to your phone, especially for longer videos.

For more information on how to use Instagram, visit the Instagram Support Centre.

HOW TO HAVE PRIVATE VIDEO CALLS WITH CLIENTS

FACEBOOK

To video chat on Facebook:

  1. Click at the top right corners.
  2. Open a conversation with the person you want to have a video call with.
  3. Click in the top right corner of the chat window.

For more information on how to use Facebook, visit the Facebook Support Centre.

INSTAGRAM

You can have a video chat with up to six (6) people using Direct Messaging.

To begin a video chat on Instagram, open the app in your tablet or mobile phone.

  1. Tap in the top right of the app.
  2. Tap in the top right.
    Select people from the list or tap Search… to search for someone.
    The person or group you call will receive a notification that you’re calling them.

Keep in mind that anyone you’ve accepted a direct message from can video chat with you.

For more information on how to use Instagram, visit the Instagram Support Centre.

WHAT’S APP

To make a video call from What’s App, open the app on your mobile phone.

1. Open the chat with the contact you want to video call.
2. Tap Video call

Receiving a video call:
When someone video calls you, you’ll see an incoming WHATSAPP VIDEO CALL screen, where you can:

• Swipe up to accept
• Swipe up to decline
• Swipe up to reply to decline the call with a quick message

ZOOM MEETING

  1. Go to http://zoom.us and click “Sign In”.
  2. You can use the “e-mail” and “password” that you have created, or use your Google (Gmail or Google App) or Facebook account to sign in with.
    Note: If you do not have a current Zoom account, please click on “Sign Up Free” to create a new one.

Hosting a Meeting

If you do NOT have the Zoom app installed, go to zoom.us and select “Host a Meeting” to start the installation.
If you DO have the App installed, see the steps below.

Open your Zoom app on your desktop and click “Sign In”.

Log in using the E-mail and password that you have created, or with Google (Gmail) or Facebook.

Click the downward arrow and select Start with video, then click New Meeting to start an instant meeting.

Please note that free plan has a 40-minute limit on meetings with three or more people. One-on-one meetings are unlimited.

For more information on Zoom, please visit the Zoom Support Centre.

 

We hope these tips give you a start on running your classes online!

Most importantly, have fun!

Keeping your workouts fun and engaging may appeal to a whole new audience that you haven’t worked with before, and who will look forward to connecting with you in person, once the fitness industry returns to a new level of normal.

Grow Your Business With Technology

By | Business

By Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas, 8 times International No.1 Bestselling Author & Transformation Expert

Even before the unprecedented times we live in with the global pandemic, a vast majority of industries were shifting their focus to offer online options and use technology to expand their reach. Now, full disclaimer: I am a brain specialist and transformation expert. I am not a technical person. I am an entrepreneur just like you who has successfully used technology and learned on my own dime how to put technology to my service. I had lots of followers on my social media channels, lots of interaction but somehow, it did not translate into money in my bank account. I figured out how to use technology to save time, be more efficient, work faster, smarter and mostly how to transform leads into paying clients.

In the fitness industry and the service industry in general, exchanging time for money is the norm. What if you could find a way to get paid for your intellectual property? All the sweat and hard work that you put into becoming the fitness expert that you are today is not necessarily fully compensated with the hourly rate your clients pay. Bringing your business online, or part of it will contribute to generate income when you are not necessarily with your clients.

A HOME BASE

The first step is to make sure you set up a “home-base” for yourself where you will re-direct all traffic from social media and marketing efforts. Have a place, like your own website, where you will redirect your followers for an eventual transaction with you.

A NICHE

Know what you are offering. Pick and lane and know who you are serving. What problem are your solving? Who do you love working with? Who is your perfect client? Where to find them? Build a brand for yourself with a clear message and attractive promise statement.

FUNNEL MARKETING

Before buying a full training package with you, your prospects will need to notice you. Eventually, after you have sent them some free content (like a weekly blog, a monthly newsletter, free video exercises, nutrition tips, etc.), they will be more likely to start spending money for more. It is not yet time to offer them your expensive package. Just like when you date: you first see someone you like, you make them notice you, then you have a few chats, you get them to like you, then you ask them for coffee, then maybe dinner, then it becomes more serious, you live together for a while and eventually, you drop on your knee and pop the big question. You don’t ask someone to marry you on your first date. You will need to have smaller offerings first.

That is what technology can help you with. You can get organized with different apps, shortcuts, web-services and plug-ins, that will automate the growth of your relationships until the “wedding day.”

About Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas

Nathalie is the EXPERT with a PROVEN SYSTEM to get you transformational results. She is international No.1 Bestselling Author of fifteen books on success, communication, wellness and empowerment. She is the Founder and CEO of the THINK Yourself® ACADEMY, offering leading-edge courses, training and events.

Along the past 30 years, she has inspired over 100,000 audience members and empowered thousands of clients internationally to get rid of their negative self-talk. She combines over 10 years of experience in human resources, 25 years of experience in sales and over 30 years in the fitness industry. In 2007, she was “Fitness Instructor of the Year” for Canada.

Email Nathalievisit her website, or find her on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram or Twitter.

Book your FREE 15-min Virtual Coffee.

 

Planning For Your Business’ Future: The Opportunity in Kids Fitness

By | Business

By Melanie Levenberg

With the recent measures taken by governments worldwide in light of COVID-19, society has been forced to drastically change its behaviours in a relatively short amount of time. This includes how and where people exercise.

Boutique studios, gyms and fitness chains alike have all been forced to consider and explore virtual exercise classes. Whether you have decided to offer new (or more frequent) online classes, or prefer to ride the wave and re-launch your services when you can physically re-open your doors, as business operators, you must ask yourself – what impact will this change in behaviour have on long-term business operations and sales?

When it comes to group exercise, the fact is that humans will always be humans with a need for social contact and connection, affected by their environment, and motivated through visual and auditory senses.

Offering in-person group classes will always fulfill a need that your clients have.

However, with the COVID-19 closures, experts predict a significant impact on the economy, some even identifying a period of significant recession. Double whammy!

So how do you prepare to navigate a change in behaviour with a change in financial status for many of your clients?

Milan Kundera said “Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.”

Studio owners and operators who understand these two functions, in relation to their clients’ needs and desires, have an opportunity to stretch their strategies outside of the box to evolve their enterprise into its next phase of growth and prosperity.

This time is an unforeseeable gift bestowed to all of us to examine opportunities in all areas of our lives; for boutique fitness studio and gym operators owners this opportunity lies in children’s fitness programming.

Business – What’s the opportunity?

Introducing kids fitness programs allows you to bring in additional streams of revenue by increasing your program offerings, maximizing down-time during scheduling gaps, and leveraging the space you already have, with minimal additional overhead expenditures.

Offering expanded programming at your facility also enhances your businesses’ credibility and reputation as a leading fitness provider in your community.

Facilities – Do I have to be a licensed facility for kids?

In most cases, studios who choose to offer children’s programming are not required to adhere to daycare licensing regulations. Depending on the age of the children in the program, business owners should consider the available changing area space and bathroom facilities.

Training/Certification – What qualifications do instructors need to have?

All instructors who lead children’s programs must hold a police records check and should have CPR-C certification. Children’s fitness program certifications remains an emerging field in the fitness industry, with only a few accredited bodies offering full certification programs, including High Five® and PL3Y International. You can also learn more with canfitpro’s professional development Children’s Fitness Coach course.

Operations – When could kids classes be offered?

Daytime parent and child programming for preschool age children can help you leverage the use of often-empty studio gap hours. (10:00am-11:30am) (1:00pm-3:00pm), while after-school drop-off programming for school age children allows you to maximize your scheduled offerings between 3:00pm-5:00pm and evenings in any schedule gaps. Considering transition time between children’s programs and adult fitness classes or training sessions is also important to ensure that there is adequate space for parents, children and patrons.

Programming – Who will design the program?

Several companies (including PL3Y Inc.) offer pre-packaged and branded children’s fitness programs where instructors are provided with pre-made and standardized program plans. Independent instructors with a background in Physical Education, Kinesiology, and who have completed the Children’s Fitness Coach Training from canfitpro could individually create class plans and fitness activities.

Marketing – How do I “sell” this now?

Give parents the solutions they are seeking: fitness programs that support their kids’ physical and mental health.

Following the COVID-19 at-home isolations, parents will be looking to offset the incubation time with programs that foster physical connections, develop social skills and support healthy development and growth. This has been proven in the past (keep reading).

Business (yes, again) – Will parents pay for these programs?

History has demonstrated that when communities are shut down due to an emergency, there is a significant desire to support children in “recovering” from the sudden transitions and temporary out-of-routine lifestyle once things go back to “normal”.

Observing behaviours through the 2008-2012 recession, one of Canada’s leading children’s fitness franchises experienced consistent and growing registration, proving that although domestic funding was more restricted, parents continued to consistently choose to invest in programs for the growth and development of their children.

This also proved true in 2016, following the Fort McMurray fires; although many local organizations offered free summer camp programming, families  chose to register their kids for paid-service camps that offered fitness options. In fact, one of our DANCEPL3Y providers sold out multiple weeks of their fee-for-service DANCEPL3Y camps city-wide!

The Bottom Line

We all say it “kids are the future”. In this period of societal deceleration and reflection, as you evaluate your strategies, programs, and service offerings, I challenge you to consider how kids could be the future of your business.

About Melanie Levenberg

Melanie Levenberg, M.Ed, is an international speaker, author, TEDx Presenter and the Founder/CEO of PL3Y INC. – world leader in pre-packaged kids fitness programs, instructor trainings and licensing. PL3Y offers award-winning programs designed by kids fitness experts to develop physical literacy through dance, yoga and fitness.

 

Strength Training for the Pregnant Athlete With Tracie Smith-Beyak

By | Movement

Exercise during pregnancy is generally good for both the mother and baby. In this episode, Tracie Smith-Beyak discusses the specifics of strength training during pregnancy. This includes both risks and benefits associated with working out.

Interested to learn more about training pregnant as well as pre- and post-natal clients? Take our online course Understanding a Fit Pregnancy with Tracie Smith-Beyak who is one of the authors.

IN THIS EPISODE

1:30 - Is it safe to strength train using moderate to heavy loads during pregnancy? Especially if the client was lifting prior to getting pregnant?

3:00 - General load guidelines for strength training

4:00 - Risks associated with strength training during pregnancy

7:30 - Benefits associated with strength training during pregnancy

9:00 - Tips for prenatal athletic weight training

About Tracie-Smith Beyak

Tracie Smith-Beyak is a master trainer, presenter, author, and a member of the canfitpro Fitness Advisory Panel. Specializing in prenatal fitness, biomechanics, rehab and athletics, she has made regular appearances in fitness, medical, and business industries for over 23 years. Tracie is a contributing author for canfitpro's online education course, Understanding A Fit Pregnancy. Her awards include; The Women in Business Award 2015, The Readers Choice Personal Trainer Medal 2016, Entrepreneur of the Year 2008, and the Best of the Best in Personal Training 2015. Tracie has been in the fitness industry for over 35 years training, teaching, and certifying trainers and instructors worldwide.

Movement of the Month: Single Leg Reach Forward Assisted Squat

By | Movement

By Coach Kennedy

Last month I spoke about how our daily fixed positions of standing, sitting, using computers and electronic devices, to name a few, can reek havoc on our thoracic spine and shoulders. All of which have shown to lead to decreased levels of performance and increased risk of injury. Now, what I didn’t get into was how those same positions can also reek havoc on the lower body – feet, knees, and hips for example.

Those same positions can cause the feet to evert (fall inward), abduct (turn outward), have your knees cave in, create excessive internal rotation of the shins and femurs, creating an anterior pelvic tilt, low back discomfort, pain, and even injury. Muscular wise, consider this: feet falling inward – “weak” anterior tibialis; shins and femurs internally rotating, hips falling forward – more than likely “tight” TFL’s, among others, and of course “weak” glutes.

So the question becomes, what can we do? For starters, PLEASE don’t assume, do your screening and assessments then, and only then, if your assessments see the need for this movement, use it. Otherwise simply use it as an exercise in your regular programming.

The Single Leg Reach Forward Assissted Squat (shout out to Jason Persaud)

This is a great movement that can be used in your workout routine, as an activation, and/or corrective exercise. Benefits include: single leg balance strength, intramuscular and intermuscular coordination – it won’t take much to see how this integrates from your big toe right up to your TFL and glutes, nervous system activation, and if fascia is your talk, think about the spiral, lateral, and deep front lines. Visualize anterior tibialis, right up the IT band and then into the TFL and Gluteus Medius.

Exercise Execution:

  • Begin by setting your body up with your heel raised on a proper platform and make sure the same side leg is also where you are supporting your hand for stability
  • Begin your downward phase of the squat and be sure to maintain knee tracking over the second metatarsal
  • Look forward and maintain a long spine
  • Focus on reaching forward with the opposite leg, letting the hips and knees flex and come along for the ride
  • Maintain a slow and controlled tempo – feel and make the connection.

Exercise Protocol:

Repetition Range: six to 12 repetitions per side, depending on your goal outcome.

ALWAYS regress and progress as required. Not sure how?  Get me at: kennedy@coachkennedyonline.ca.

About Coach Kennedy

Coach Kennedy (Kennedy Lodato) is a 29-year advocate of health and a 14-year veteran of the fitness industry with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for teaching and running his own mentorships, live education, workshops, and lectures. He is also an educator for canfitpro and EBFA- the Evidence Based Fitness Academy (ebfafitness.com).

Before pursuing his true felt passion for mentoring trainers and coaches, he occupied the positions of Personal Trainer, Sport Conditioning Coach, and Personal Training Manager. Kennedy is a three-time recipient of the canfitpro PRO TRAINER of the year award as well as the 2019 Canadian Delegates’ Choice Presenter of the Year Award. Coach Kennedy is also a cofounder of QHI- Quantum Health Institute.  www.KennedyLodato.com and www.quantumhealthcollective.com

 

Meet Our Members: Savoy Williams

By | Healthy Living

Why did you choose canfitpro?

It’s simple – canfitpro provides opportunities to learn and grow as an individual and collectively as people moving our bodies. That’s how we live – life is created through movement. So, now to be able to say I CAN help people move their bodies, in ways that foster healthy and active living… I feel incredible.

What is your WHY?

I want to empower gender and sexually diverse students through healthy eating and an active lifestyle, to develop (or continue!) a positive relationship with their body. To support students of diverse genders and sexual orientations in feeling confident in themselves, to me, is to forge greater possibilities of leadership and community in the future. By creating positive relationships with healthy eating and exercise in students at my school, The University of British Columbia, my hope is that other queer and trans graduate students will continue on to live healthy lifestyles for the rest of their lives and empower others to do the same.

What gets you excited to go to work each day?

It’s knowing that both myself, and the person I am working with, are furthering our own well-being through our working together. There becomes this opportunity to reimagine what an active space looks like, who can be in it, and how bodies are to be moving while in it. It’s pretty gratifying to engage in a career that benefits me as much as it does the person I am training, and also creates possibilities for active spaces to become accessible for everybody!

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I remember a time when I dreamed I could be myself whole heartedly and find a career that supported me throughout my life’s journey. So, now to sit comfortably, knowing I am growing into the person I always dreamed of becoming, by remaining dedicated to healing, growing and receiving the support to do so, how could I not want to give it my all, in supporting people doing the same.

The Savvy Trainer

In this short video, Savoy shares his passion for transforming active spaces!

Created and Directed by Love Intersections.

Foam Roller Training Ideas

By | Movement

By Kathleen Trotter, PTS

Think outside a warm-up or cool down and get your clients using this versatile tool throughout their workouts.

About Kathleen Trotter

Kathleen Trotter holds a masters in Exercise Science, is the author of two books including the new book Your Fittest Future Self, and is a Personal trainer, Nutritionist, Pilates Specialist and Life Coach. Visit her at KathleenTrotter.com

Twitter: @FITbyKathleenT

Instagram: @fitbykathleent

Facebook:  FIT by Kathleen Trotter

 

 

How to Be an Effective Fitness Coach

By | Business

By Daniel DeMoss

So You Wanna Be A Fitness Coach…

Great choice! But do you know what a fitness coach does and how it’s different from a personal trainer? If you answered no, it’s ok! Here are the basics. A personal trainer follows one client closely, throughout their entire workout session from warm-up to cool down. They tell you exactly what to do, every step of the way. A fitness coach, on the other hand, is one who helps you achieve your overall fitness goals in your terms. They’ll suggest what to do and guide you thoroughly in what you need to do. A coach will be your mentor, not the person who bosses you around all the time.

5 Steps to Being an Effective Fitness Coach

Communication Is Key

Because you’ll be your clients’ guide, make sure you know what they want to achieve and how they hope to make it happen. Communicate openly to see what may be standing in their way and how you can help them overcome their obstacles.

Have Empathy and Compassion for Your Clients

One of the most important traits of a fitness coach is empathy. Make them feel like you know how it feels to be in their shoes. We’ve all faced fitness struggles at one point or another. It’s important that your clients feel comfortable around you. Be compassionate and understanding of their situation and the needs that come with it.

Be Patient

Let’s be real: there’ll be times when it’ll feel like your client’s journey is not advancing as it should. While it’s ok to guide them and help them get back on track and move faster, be mindful to not overdo it. Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is to be patient and allow them to progress in their rhythm.

Practice What You Preach

If you want your clients to live a healthy lifestyle and stick to their schedule, be sure to do the same. In short, practice what you preach. Not only will you set a good example, but you’ll have an easier time convincing your clients to live a certain lifestyle if it’s the same lifestyle you’re living in.

Never Stop Learning

Finally, never allow your mind to think you know everything. There’s always something new to learn. Whether it is from other classes or your clients, don’t stop learning. Your clients can also teach you a lot of things, without even knowing, about yourself, your methods, what works and what doesn’t. Always be open-minded and willing to learn new things.

The Bottom Line…

To be a great fitness coach you need to do more than just give your clients a set of exercises to perform. You need to help them through their entire fitness journey, not just through their workouts. Communicate, be empathetic, and stay patient. Live the lifestyle you advise and always be willing to learn and adapt.

 

 

About Daniel DeMoss

Daniel DeMoss is a fitness coach based in Denver, Colorado. His website provides tips to help you choose the best workout gear for your home gym. Head over to DumbbellsReview.com to find out more.

Busting Food Myths

By | Nutrition

By Carol Harrison, RD

  1. MYTH: Cooking meals at home just takes too much time.

With longer commute times than ever before, it seems like we have less and less time to cook. But, the truth is, that in the time it takes to have a pizza delivered, you can put together a great meal in your kitchen.

Here are some winning strategies you can share with your clients:

  • Post your five favourite quick meal ideas on the fridge (for example, a grilled cheese sandwich and soup). This will help when you’re at a loss for what to eat.
  • Once a month, cook a big batch of a meal you love (chili or curry) and freeze the extra portions. Simply reheat to enjoy “cook’s night off” once a week for the rest of the month.
  • Cook once, eat twice. Prepare extra dinner ingredients and use them the next day. For example, extra veggies can go into a frittata and extra fish can be used in tacos.

Good to know: Clients often ask their fitness professionals for meal plans, but different taste preferences, cooking skills, and budgets make it nearly impossible to create a one-size-fits-all plan. Instead, help your clients build their menu planning skills. Here’s a great tool to get started:

7 Steps for Quick and Easy Menu Planning

  1. MYTH: Organic food is more nutritious.

The choice to eat organic food is a personal one. In terms of nutrition and food safety, there is no compelling evidence that foods produced using organic farming methods are different than non-organic foods produced with conventional farming methods.

Reassure your clients that farmers follow best practices to manage problems with weeds, insects, and fungi in their crops. Sometimes this means using pesticides, which are tools designed to help farmers safely deter or manage pests. Whether they’re used in organic or conventional food production, all crop protection products are regulated by Health Canada, and solid scientific evidence proves they are safe for humans and the environment.

Good to know: A far more pressing priority is to help Canadians fill half their plates with veggies and fruits, regardless of how they’re grown. You can direct your clients to Half Your Plate for tips and recipes, and to Pesticide Facts for more information about pesticides.

  1. MYTH: Food is expensive in Canada.

Canadians pay some of the lowest food prices in the world. In fact, our food has never been as affordable, safe or nutritious as it is today. A major reason for this is that farmers use plant biotechnology and pesticides to grow food, without which we would pay an additional $4,000 per family for groceries each year. (For those living with food insecurity, the problem to fix is low income, not food costs.)

Good to know: The most expensive food is the food we waste – about 40% per household! To curb food waste, advise clients to start their grocery shopping at home. Plan meals with what’s on hand and then make a list to fill in the gaps. The main cause of food waste is buying too much, so buy only what you can use before it spoils.

  1. MYTH: It’s better to choose non-GMO foods.

Putting a non-GMO label on food is a marketing choice; it has nothing to do with the food’s safety or nutritional value. Genetically modified foods are safe. There is a global scientific consensus, with organizations including Health Canada, the World Health Organization, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, all agreeing there are zero health or safety concerns.

Good to know:  Thanks to plant science, we can keep importing papayas from Hawaii. The ringspot virus threatened to devastate the papaya crop until researchers studied the plant’s genes and determined how to modify them to make the plant resistant to the virus.

TIP: For a tropical fruit treat, try Papaya Mango Sorbet.

About Carol Harrison

Carol Harrison is a registered dietitian who loves her daily workouts! She has a food nutrition communications company in Toronto. Follow Carol on Twitter and Instagram.