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Sydney Wills

For many of us, Black Friday shopping is as much a part of our Thanksgiving tradition as the turkey is. Whether you are out at 5 AM shopping on Black Friday, or online shopping from home on Cyber Monday, take advantage of the sales and buy an Instant Pot! You may have heard of the Instant Pot or seen it advertised, but what exactly is an Instant Pot? The Instant Pot is a countertop pressure cooker with multi-function options such as slow… Continue reading »

With the holidays fast approaching, it usually means that schedules become busier with less time to make meals at home. Around this time of year, I turn to my trusty slow cooker-both as a time saver and for a warm, comforting meal. For me, it doesn’t quite feel like fall until I bring out my slow cooker and make something involving pumpkin or butternut squash. This chicken and butternut squash dish is my go-to recipe not only for the savory… Continue reading »

Pomegranate Kale Salad Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale, stemmed and leaves julienned 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped Garnish with Parmesan cheese Dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Place washed and stemmed kale in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper. Pour dressing over kale… Continue reading »

This fall, I returned to graduate school and to say that my life has changed would be an understatement. Aside from papers, projects, and exams, something else that has changed has been my grocery budget. I’m pursuing a degree in nutrition, so eating healthy, fresh food is not only a priority for me, it’s my passion. Sometimes I can get carried away with unnecessary food purchases (looking at you dark chocolate covered almonds) and spend well over my allotted grocery… Continue reading »

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 »