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Eat Smart

There have been many (many) blog posts about the simplicity and deliciousness of roasting vegetables. They are good hot, room temperature, or cold in salads. While tossing some vegetables in a little olive oil and throwing them in the oven is super easy, there are some basic rules that will take you from good to great as a master vegetable roaster. Here are my top 5. Top Five Rules of Roasting: Use a good pan. If you have a sturdy… Continue reading »

Congratulations, if you are purchasing a lunch box you are committed to taking your lunch. Good for you for preparing on Sundays, evenings or early mornings, grab and go, portioned healthy choices. Keeping your commitment to take healthy lunches includes picking the right lunch box. The next time you decide to treat yourself to a new lunch box (or maybe this is your first), consider the following tips. Choose a lunch box that has: A hard plastic liner can be… Continue reading »

Sparkling water has been on the rise in recent years, with more brands and more flavors popping up all the time. Sparkling water is a great alternative to soda, as it is bubbly and refreshing without any added sugar or artificial sweeteners. However, make sure to double check the label of your sparking water as some brands might have added sugar or sodium. Overwhelmed by the amount of sparking water choices? Our team shares our favorite flavors. Carolyn’s Favorite: Flavor:La… Continue reading »

Move More

Fall is here, and it’s time for cute family pictures, sweaters, apple cider, and pumpkin-flavored…everything! The pumpkin patch is such an enjoyable fall attraction for kids and adults of all ages, and a great way to be active as a family. Pumpkin patches may have any number of activities so use that as an opportunity to enjoy the fall weather and get moving. Go through the corn maze – A great way to race and be active with the family!… Continue reading »

Fall is here, and it is such a beautiful time of year! The leaves start to fall, the pumpkins come out and the weather becomes much cooler. Can you think of a more perfect time to get outside and be active? Several indoor and outdoor activities exist that are great for cooler weather, so don’t let your active lifestyle drop along with the temperature! Before you start being active, consider these tips to make the most of this fall season.… Continue reading »

Have you ever found consistent exercise a challenge? I had a difficult time being active while I was working and in graduate school at the same time. I could not imagine planning time to exercise. Despite the challenge, realized that I might be busy but I could still be active and now I have reached the anniversary of my daily exercise routine! Last September, I decided to start off small – no extreme exercise plan or waking up at 4am… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Below is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Kathy K: “I just wanted you to know how wonderful your class is, and how much it has helped me. Not only have I lost weight, but I just had my physical and everything was normal, including my cholesterol! It has been as high as 425 and is now 186. My doctor is so impressed! Hope you have a great weekend!” -Kathy K, Current Eat Smart,… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Linda: “Before the program, I could barely walk 50 yards without getting sweaty and winded. After the program, I’ve lost 60 pounds and 13 inches from my waist. Not only that, but I was able to reduce my A1C number and I’m no longer “pre-diabetic”. What I like most about the program is that its pure education. The program isn’t trying to sell anything. I had… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Raj: “I recently participated and completed the Eat Smart, Move More and Prevent Diabetes program.  The program was very well organized and time was provided for participant feedback in every class.  The program had a wealth of information which I am sure I would have missed if not for my instructor, Kamaria.  Kamaria was simply awesome; she was always positive even when our weight was stubbornly stuck in… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

No matter where you are reading this from geographically, the autumn season brings exciting annual traditions! One of my favorite traditions is to attend the North Carolina State Fair. Even if you do not attend your own state fair, similar events are held in local towns as well.  No matter the size and location of the fair, a few things are certain: friends, fun, rides, and fried foods.  Although many temptations arise at the fair, don’t let them stand in… Continue reading »

Students and teachers are now back at school! For the rest of us, it is almost time to say goodbye to summer. When seasons and schedules change throughout the year, it is important to have a plan to continue incorporating healthy practices into daily routines. I am currently adjusting to a busier schedule with work projects, volunteer obligations and last-minute mini summer vacations. The biggest adjustment has been factoring the increased traffic into my travel time! Sitting in traffic can be… Continue reading »

As we are embarking on a fresh new school year with a new 9th and 6th grader, I figure what better time than now to get back on track with our healthy habits that have fallen by the wayside over the summer.  Perhaps it is even time to adopt some new routines!  With both of my kids on new schedules and each starting school almost an hour earlier this year, we simply do not have time to pack lunches in… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

The annual (and free) Eat Smart, Move More, maintain don’t gain Holiday Challenge consists of many resources for participants, including healthy holiday recipes. And someone has to TASTE those recipes to make sure they are actually delicious and easy (and healthy)! Each year we hold a Taste Test to determine which recipes will be included in the Holiday Challenge. Each team member chooses a healthy recipe, brings the dish to the event, and we all taste and rate each dish. Only… Continue reading »

The 2018 Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey.  Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose these extra pounds. You are invited to join the 12th annual Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout… Continue reading »

Congratulations, if you are purchasing a lunch box you are committed to taking your lunch. Good for you for preparing on Sundays, evenings or early mornings, grab and go, portioned healthy choices. Keeping your commitment to take healthy lunches includes picking the right lunch box. The next time you decide to treat yourself to a new lunch box (or maybe this is your first), consider the following tips. Choose a lunch box that has: A hard plastic liner can be… Continue reading »