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Casey Collins

Beluga lentils commonly referred to as black lentils, hold their shape better and have a firmer texture than green or red lentils when cooked. For this reason, I like to meal prep a batch and use them throughout the week in various ways. They are good as a side dish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. They also make a great base for a grain bowl or nice protein addition to a salad. Black lentils… Continue reading »

Are you running low on recipe inspiration? Do you need a delicious and easy meal that also lends itself to meal prepping? Look no further…I give you Pinch of Yum’s Cilantro Lime Chicken and Lentils that comes together in just 45 minutes. In my opinion, this recipe is a meal prep home run. I make this recipe so often that I don’t always follow the instructions exactly and will omit ingredients (cilantro, onions, green onions, and jalapenos) depending on what… Continue reading »

Our program coordinator, Kelly, talked with For Your Health and Well Being on WSGE 91.7 radio. We invite you to listen to the interview to learn more about prediabetes and how our program can help support you and your health goals! Did you know that 1 in 3 US adults has prediabetes and most of them do not know it? Having prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal, but no high enough to be diagnosed with… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Elizabeth: My Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes class ended in January. I only lost a pound or two during the program, but I always felt it was a success because I was eating better and exercising more.    Imagine my surprise a few weeks into the pandemic when I saw that I had lost six pounds. The pandemic has led to increased stress but I also believe the weight… Continue reading »

“A pantry is like a quiver of arrows, at your back and at the ready.” Abra Berens in her cookbook, Ruffage Pantry staples are more important than ever. For the past several months, I have only been going to the grocery store once a week, which has made me more mindful when planning my weekly shopping trip. Actually, our Meal Planning 101: An Easy Step-by-Step Guide blog has been especially helpful during this time. I like to put some of my… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Nicole: “I can’t believe this is almost over, but it has been huge for me. I can’t say that enough. I got excited when we got the new magazines, with every class and every prize.  Over the past several years I have lost and gained through “quick fixes” to the point where I was not only at my heaviest, but I was at the point where I felt… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Mary: I am an 81-year-old female and I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  Even though I tried to eat healthy my A1c numbers never improved.  I was referred to the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program by my primary physician, and started the class at NC State University in October 2019. I reached my personal goal of losing 10 pounds at the end of Part 1.  In… Continue reading »

By now, many of us have transitioned to working from home. This is a new experience for a lot of people and it can take some adjusting to find your work groove. When working from home, it’s easy for you to become your own worst enemy. Personally, I get the urge to procrastinate work work with house work. I have compiled a list of strategies to help you find your #WFH stride.   5 Tips to Work From Home: 1. Choose… Continue reading »

I get a daily newsletter from the New York Times and shortly after January 1st I saw a section about strength training. I think their article is really nice because it has pictures and videos of how to do the exercises as well as modifications and challenges. I also really like their recommendations because this is the type of exercise routine that can be completed in the comfort of your home. No gym membership required. [If you can’t access the New York… Continue reading »

One of the evidence-based strategies for diabetes prevention is achieving 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. I have recently decided to re-engage with an aerobic activity from my youth, swimming. Swimming is a great low-impact workout and I find it extremely meditative. I love the feeling of being immersed in cool water and the repetition of swimming laps. For me, swimming is the only form of physical activity that can melt away the stresses of the day. Over the… Continue reading »