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Eat Smart

Quinoa is a whole grain that provides complete protein along with other nutrients. It is a great addition to a healthy eating pattern but many people are not familiar with this super food or may not know how to cook it. The recipe below is one of my favorite ways to cook quinoa. It is not only delicious but also very easy and quick to make in a time crunch. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1/3rd can (28 oz) crushed… Continue reading »

I recently signed up for a produce subscription service called The Produce Box, which serves the Triad, the Triangle, Charlotte, the Piedmont, and the Coast of North Carolina. I will admit that I have previously been hesitant to sign up for one of these services because I’m always afraid I will end up wasting lots of food. However, I really like this specific service because you can schedule skip weeks in advance all the way through the month of December.… Continue reading »

For some, cooking fish at home may seem like a daunting task. While fish such as salmon can be an excellent source of lean protein and omega-3’s, concerns over food safety and proper preparation abound. But in truth, cooking with seafood can be a quick and enjoyable way to break the monotony of weeknight dinners. Pair seared salmon with Kale Napa Cabbage Slaw for a complete meal. Tips for Success: If using frozen salmon, ensure it has properly defrosted in… Continue reading »

Move More

We’ve all probably heard by now the idea that sitting is the new smoking. We spend our days hunched over our desks, sitting in our vehicles, enjoying our latest Netflix binge, using our smartphones to order dinner and next week’s groceries- it’s inevitable that at some point in your day you are likely sitting. A sedentary lifestyle is linked to a large range of health risks, including increased risk of obesity, high blood pressure, early aging and cardiovascular disease. The… Continue reading »

I hate picking up my iPad or iPhone when they are ultra-dirty with a film of crud. The same goes for my ear buds which are havens for bacteria that can cause ear infections. I try each week to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level. Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy… Continue reading »

Well, the heat has officially come to the Piedmont region of North Carolina and it looks like it is here to stay for the summer. I love the longer days, the spontaneous outdoor adventures and how summer just feels like a more carefree time of year. What I do not love is the air made of hot soup and the fact that I have to walk my dog at least twice a day in the aforementioned soup air. So, here… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

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 »

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 »

Live Mindfully

DID YOU KNOW? Being GRATEFUL has many health benefits. According to a recent study practicing gratitude everyday may help you sleep better, lower your body aches and pains and help you have healthier hearts. According to Harvard Medical School, Gratitude is “a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to… Continue reading »

After decades of decline, stroke deaths have begun rising in adults 35 and older in North Carolina. Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the state. Small Steps, Bright Future, a North Carolina Stroke Advisory Council Prevention Campaign, focuses on preventing stroke among African Americans who are at a disproportionate risk for stroke. Small Steps, Bright Future highlights endearing moments that could be missed if a person suffers from health complications… Continue reading »

By now you may have heard about the air fryer craze. This kitchen gadget has rivaled the InstaPot for trendiest cooking invention of the decade, and for good reason! Air fryers work by circulating hot air around a metal mesh cooking basket, allowing the food to cook evenly and quickly with little to no added fat. As part of a healthy lifestyle, air fryers can offer an alternative to high calorie styles of cooking. I am the first to admit… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

Perhaps you have attended a meeting or gathering that had food and drinks available, but the options were not the most nutritious. Most people consume a diet that is high in saturated fat and sugar, but low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Having healthier foods and drinks at all food-related events is possible and we can all promote good health by being intentional about what we serve. Simple ideas can go a long way to promote healthy eating at… Continue reading »

Have you ever found yourself fighting to stay awake or distracted during the workday because you failed to get a decent night’s sleep due to stress? Have you missed a deadline or made an error for a work project because of chronic pain or other symptoms that distracted or interrupted your work? Have you observed co-workers going through the motions in the workplace but not really “there” due to lingering illness, family or personal crises or some other physical or… Continue reading »

The American workforce spends one third of the day at their workplace, oftentimes sitting at a desk, which has led to increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Studies show that sedentary lifestyles result in higher incidences of obesity and heart diseases among Americans. Sitting for long periods of time has also been associated with higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Our body is designed to move, so alternating between sitting, standing and walking regularly throughout the day can promote a healthier lifestyle.… Continue reading »