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Sydney Wills

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 »

Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Eileen: My name is Eileen and I’m currently enrolled in the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program at Carolina Preserve. To date I’ve lost and kept off 30 pounds.                    Some of the tips that have helped me in this program: Early on we watched a video called 23 ½ hours. This video inspired me to be… Continue reading »

It’s already time for the big game. For many of us, it’s the first major event since making our New Year Resolutions. No matter if you are wearing red and blue or gold and blue on game day, we can all implement healthy eating habits to stick to our Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less goals. One of the keys to navigating a Superbowl party and keep within a calorie budget is to PLAN. Pause and think before grabbing a… Continue reading »

Let’s face it. There are so many great things about summer: warm weather, longer days, and lots of fresh produce. For me, it’s easy to create a colorful salad masterpiece with in-season vegetables and fruit during the summertime. Bright red tomatoes against a green leafy background topped with fresh blueberries makes getting an extra serving of vegetables and fruit a breeze. Salads aren’t usually the first thing I choose during the winter because my favorite salads involve summertime produce. Since eating a balanced diet… Continue reading »

It’s that time of year where long car rides or flights may make an appearance in our schedules. At my house, all of our family lives out of state so whenever the holidays arrive, we are most likely on the road. With that being said, we have had quite a few experiences traveling up and down the east coast. There are some things such as traffic that can make a road trip feel even longer. However, there are some things… Continue reading »

I love using mason jars to store my food. They are convenient, keep food fresh, and easy to clean, but most importantly, they are just plain cute! Part of eating mindfully is to notice the taste, texture, and smells of our food. This includes the visual presentation of food as well. Mason jars can elevate the visual presentation of a meal to the next level. Plus, no labeling required since all the ingredients are visible. I have rounded up some… Continue reading »