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Eat Smart

This recipe is a go-to when I have an acorn squash and am looking for something easy to put together. It is filling and delicious! I generally make it for dinner but it would be great for a weekend breakfast too. If this is the only thing I made, I’ll eat two eggs-in-holes, but generally, I’d eat one and have a well-rounded meal with the addition of a piece of olive oil toast and a side salad. You will get… Continue reading »

Hikers, campers, and outdoor lovers have a day to celebrate on August 31st, National Trail Mix Day. Journalist and author Joan Lunden once wrote: “It is not always as comfortable blazing the trail as it is walking on it.” And yet, munching on a ready-to-eat trail mix when the walk gets tough can be lightening. The comforting and nourishing benefits of trail mix are plenty – quick energy boost, easy to store, readily available, and generally an effortless snack preparation.… Continue reading »

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and what better way to celebrate than National Waffle Day. #NationalWaffleDay falls on Monday, August 24th, and celebrates the anniversary of the very first waffle iron patent issued.  For you to celebrate, we share a favorite banana oat waffle recipe. Oats contain beta-glucan fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and strengthen the immune system. These waffles pair great with fresh fruits and a drizzle of honey for sweetness. This recipe is from… Continue reading »

Move More

I do not know about you, but I constantly find myself physically or mentally on the go all day long; thinking about the next project, and how I can get two things done at once. I have always found traditional yoga classes extremely relaxing and so worth the hour session, but my most stressful days usually do not allow for an hour of peace and quiet. Creating time, even if it is only a few minutes, for reflection and mindfulness… Continue reading »

I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller but I consider it an essential fitness tool. My husband often asks why I use my Foam Roller. “You purposefully roll it on the parts of your body that are tight. You look so unhappy when you do it. Our dog checks on you to make sure you are ok. This can’t be good for you.” I laugh every time he says it. He is right. It is not comfortable to… Continue reading »

There is a silver lining to our new normal!  As we are all staying safe at home these days with less commitments and social engagements, we have more time to be active!  We also have more time to be focused or re-focus on the things that are really important to us like taking care of our health by getting physical activity and practicing mindfulness.  There are a variety of ways to be active at home, from simple strength training exercises to online workout… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: I just got back from my doctor’s office where I had my annual physical today.  My blood work showed a huge improvement over a year ago.  My HbA1C is now 5.6 and it was 6.0. This means that I no longer have pre-diabetes!!!  My blood pressure is 106/75, down from 120/80!!! And my total cholesterol dropped 30 points, was 235 now 205!!!  The 10-pound weight loss is responsible for lowering… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a past Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: I am motivated to continue developing a healthy lifestyle for years to come! During the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program, I lost 20 pounds (more than 10% of my starting weight), decreased my waistline by 2 inches, lowered my blood pressure, and reduced my BMI by 3 points.  ESMMPD made a difference in my life!  I am surprised that I find it so easy… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a past Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: It is hard to believe the year is almost over and the class is coming to an end. While my work schedule has prevented me from attending the classes live, I enjoyed and found a lot of value in watching the class recording when I had more time later in the week. I really enjoyed the class on sugar. I don’t drink sweet drinks nor add… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

September 12th is Mindfulness Day. Mindfulness is a key component of the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less and Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes programs. Take a moment today or this week to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply defined as being present in any particular moment. To go deeper, it involves being conscious and accepting of one’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions during the moment. Mindfulness has been studied and practiced around the world to show the benefits in everyday… Continue reading »

Back to school season can be stressful in a normal year, but with COVID-19 and switching to virtual or hybrid schooling plans this year is bringing extra challenges. In our programs, we discuss the importance of mindfulness and managing stress as strategies to reach our health goals. Here are a few strategies that may help you manage stress and stay on track through this difficult time. Regular Exercise We know that exercise helps improve our physical health, but did you… Continue reading »

August 19th is National Potato Day and I could not be more excited. I love potatoes! They come in so many different sizes, colors, and shapes. You can cook and bake them in so many ways. I taught ESL classes in Washington, DC and I found that almost every culture has some version of a potato or potato-like food. Idaho has always been on my list of places to visit because it grows the most potatoes in the US. I… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

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 love learning about useful life hacks, and here’s a simple one that has helped me to de-stress and live more mindfully at work.  It’s a little strategy called Pomodoro and it has changed the way I tackle my endless To-Do list – for my health.  If you spend most of your work life at a desk, and in front of a computer, it can be challenging to find moments to move more, to stretch, or to rest your eyes throughout the… Continue reading »

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 »