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Say hello to Kins’ North Van contestant

HEALTHY START -  Kins Green Fighter contestant Julie Dunsterville is getting more exercise by taking her dog Sage for daily walks.  - Michaela Garstin
HEALTHY START - Kins Green Fighter contestant Julie Dunsterville is getting more exercise by taking her dog Sage for daily walks.
— image credit: Michaela Garstin

Julie Dunsterville has been free from cancer for three years.

Now, to stay healthy, the North Vancouver mom is focusing on diet and exercise.

“I’ve made a lot of changes to my life, especially around diet. I cut out meat and dairy,” says Dunsterville, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009.

“I eat more fruits and vegetables, legumes, seeds — that sort of thing.”

Being diagnosed with colon cancer at the young age of 39 was a shock. Now past the third year mark, she is officially cancer free.

Hoping to improve her health, Dunsterville signed up to be the Kins Green Fighter contestant from North Van.

She will compete against 13 others from across B.C to be the most improved health-wise. After the 13-week contest is up, the results will be assessed.

“I had a full health assessment. They tested my lung function, strength and flexibility,” she tells The Outlook at her house in Lynn Valley.

By being a Kin Green Fighter, she gets a head start with a package valued at $2,000 containing free fruit and vegetables, nutrition consultation, personal training and a gym membership.

So far, Dunsterville has been going to boxfit class, walking her dog more often and eating healthier. If she keeps it up, she could win a weekly prize, including dinner for two, spa treatments, a bike and a home gym. The grand prize winner at the end of the contest will set sail on a cruise to a sunny destination.

“I love to enjoy life. I’m way more appreciative now,” Dunsterville says, adding she especially values the time spent with her two sons.

She hopes her new healthy habits will wear off on her family.

“My husband has started exercising now too. He has a personal trainer.”

For more info on the Green Fighter Challenge, visit


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