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Sydney Wills

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Eric: I have been hovering around 250 lbs. for several years. My doctor was concerned about metabolic syndrome and my A1C was in the pre-diabetic range. I am fairly active, but I had never really dieted or tried very hard to lose weight. I had read and knew a lot of tips but never really put anything into action. I signed up for the Eat Smart, Move… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Diane: “When I received the email in January from “Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes”, it was the cue I needed to start my healthy lifestyle adventure. My weight was as high as it had ever been and I’ve never considered myself as “heavy”. I knew that I needed to take better care of myself, but I was lacking the accountability factor. I needed to report my… Continue reading »

The 4th of July always feels like the perfect time for me to try new recipes with fresh produce. There is something about the wide array of colors and textures of the different fruits and vegetables available during the summer that sparks my creativity and the desire to try something new. Plus, there’s no better time for an honest review of new recipes when family and friends get together for 4th of July celebrations. If you are like me and… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Norma: “I have enjoyed being a part of this program. I have seen some changes in my habits and I have become more mindful of what I eat and how much I eat. As a person diagnosed as having pre-diabetes, prior to the start of this program my daily glucose readings varied, but would be in the 117 – 125 range. Now when I check it… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Susan: “I had my A1C checked, and it’s gone down from 6.3% to 5.9% today! The weight loss has been steady (10.4 pounds–it went faster when I was younger), but the A1C was my main reason for starting your program. I know it needs to be lower, but this is real progress. Thanks so much for the information you share and the encouragement! I’ve been telling… Continue reading »

Growing your own herb garden can be a fun and easy way to add a little green around your home. The best part is that herb gardens can be grown just about anywhere-both indoors and outdoors! I have grown herbs in apartments, in pots on the back porch, as well as in ground and all have done quite well with minimal effort. Placed in a little sunlight and watered every few days, most herbs will thrive. While different herbs require… Continue reading »

Growing up, I loved riding horses. If it was a clear and sunny Saturday, I was begging my parents to take me to ride. When I passed by the old fence post leading into the pasture where the horses were grazing, I couldn’t wait to jump out and start riding. But, one day I lost control of my horse when he sprinted under a tree, knocking me completely off of the saddle. It took a while before I attempted to… Continue reading »

March is here and that means it’s the start of National Nutrition Month. One simple way to eat smart this month (and all year!) is to meal prep. There are many different approaches to meal prepping, but the important thing is to find a way that works for YOU. Meal prep not only saves time, but also saves money because less food is wasted. Meal prep can range from preparing each meal for the entire week to preparing ingredients used… Continue reading »

The results are in! The 2018 Holiday Challenge was the largest and most successful Holiday Challenge since it began in 2006. There were more than 39,000 people who joined the 2018 Holiday Challenge, which is a 36% increase in participation from 2017. All 50 states, all 100 NC counties, and 27 additional countries participated. Click the map below to see a full list of all state participation. There were over 900 employers involved in the Holiday Challenge this year. This was the first year that the… Continue reading »

As a new mom, putting together healthy and nutritious dinners every night has become a little more challenging. These days, my go-to kitchen appliance has been my slow cooker. I have always loved my slow cooker for its “throw in ingredients and forget about it” usefulness but I never truly appreciated it until now. Most weeks I need dinners that involve minimal steps with ingredients that I already have on hand in my pantry. It’s a tall order. However, these… Continue reading »