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Trying to start a new exercise routine?

Are you looking to switch things up when it comes to your physical activity routine? Check out these sample programs from our colleagues at Eat Smart, Move More NC. Feel free to modify or adapt them as you see fit to meet your current fitness levels. Change up your walking or jogging route for some […]

Overcome Sugar Cravings

There are different reasons we may crave sugar. If we are eating sugar regularly, our bodies expect and, in turn, desire it. When we eat sugar, our brain releases dopamine, the pleasure hormone, making it more likely for us to want more sugar at that moment and later on. Our blood sugar levels also rise […]

Let’s Set Wellness Goals

The holiday season is a very busy time of the year. With different holidays, travel, work deadlines, and shorter days, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. But are you focusing on your health and wellness through it all? Think about a few ways you could help yourself feel more positive, relaxed, and energized (the […]

When Weight Loss is Indicated–How to Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Weight?

Let’s first acknowledge one key point–not everyone wants to lose weight or needs to lose weight. However, there are certain medical conditions where weight loss is indicated–for example, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. For those looking to lose weight for your health, it is important to approach this goal with sustainable weight loss in mind, […]

How to Evaluate Any Diet

If you’ve ever thought about a nutrition change, you’ve probably read about Keto, Paleo, Whole 30, Intermittent Fasting and more (the list goes on and on). Even if you haven’t looked for information, you’ve probably seen social media content or heard about these trends from family or friends. How can you know if these diets […]

Reheating & Refreezing Food Safety

Practicing food safety keeps us healthy and lets us enjoy the foods we eat. Food safety guidelines include washing hands, cleaning surfaces that come in contact with raw foods, cooking foods to high enough temperatures, and storing foods properly. Temperature is very important during cooking, and also for food storage. Harmful bacteria that cause illness […]

The Truth About Hydration

Water is important for our overall health and plays a huge role in our bodies normal function. Water helps regulate your body temperature, eliminate waste, cushion joints, and protect tissue, like your spinal cord.1 There are many misconceptions about hydration, and there is no set recommendation for the amount of water we should drink everyday. […]

Set & Track Your SMART Goal

We have created more tools to help you set a SMART Goal and track your progress during this year’s Holiday Challenge. If you have not already done so, now is the time to set a SMART goal, one that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. But, what exactly do we mean by each of […]

Understanding the Role of Stretching

Do you stretch on a regular basis? Stretching is often an overlooked component of our physical activity routines. Stretching prepares our muscles for movement, aids in muscle recovery, releases tension and improves flexibility, all of which promote proper movement patterns. Performing stretches on a regular basis, even if not before or after physical activity, is […]

I’m Injured–Now What?

About a month ago, I broke my toe. It’s the big toe, and arguably the most important since it’s responsible for balance. I went from engaging in over 500 minutes of physical activity a week to maybe 100 minutes, severely restricted by my injury and a walking boot. Pre-injury, I enjoyed daily movement consisting of […]