Aché Brasil Capoeira is a martial arts mixed with dance that wrings the sweat out of even the fittest of Calgarians

martialartThe first challenge of capoeira is learning to pronounce the exotic name. The second is to endure the strenuous full-body workout it produces.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that looks more like dance than a fighting style. It involves Brazilian music played with an instrument called a berimbau. The music holds the key to the tempo of the workout regime.

Recent Stats Canada survey suggests unchanged numbers among smokers

smokingThe most recent survey released by Stats Canada suggests that from 2009 to 2010, the number of smokers in Canada has either increased or remained unchanged.

According to the survey, the number of Canadian male smokers increased from 22.6 per cent in 2009 to 24.2 per cent in 2010, while the number of female smokers was unchanged.

A recent report done by The Public Health Agency of Canada indicates more Canadians are heavier than ever

weightThe Public Health Agency of Canada recently reported that between 1981 to 2009 obesity rates have almost doubled among males and females in both adults and youths.

The report also suggested that one in four Canadian adults are obese, according to measured height and weight data from 2007 to 2009.

Increased awareness prompted by Mental Health Awareness Week

KGilbert MentalHealth1It was his rock bottom.

He was surrounded by pristine, snow-capped mountains, crisp winter air and everything he really loved. He and hiswife were dining in a five-star Banff restaurant. Cheerful people, soft lighting and the smell of savory roasts wafted around him.