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Eat Smart

This salad is actually a main dish with whole grain, vegetables, beans, and nuts. It keeps for several days and actually is better after a day or so. Exact proportions are not critical so don’t worry if you have more tomatoes or less cucumber. You can even add other vegetables such as peas, carrots, or celery. The grain you use is flexible. Spelt, freekeh, cracked wheat, or brown rice all work well. This recipe uses canned beans which makes it… Continue reading »

This month, my family is embarking on a 9-day road trip across the Southeast. Part of our trip planning includes thinking about healthy snack options. Many of our meals will be take-out or on the road. Days of driving long hours and eating out can really take a toll on your body and make you feel sluggish. I want to make sure I have healthy snacks on hand as well as an on-the-go breakfast option.  Several of the items we… Continue reading »

Khichdi is a very popular dish from the Indian subcontinent and has many variations depending upon the different regions of India. The common theme is that it is made from a mix of rice and lentils – it is like a savory porridge that is served hot. It is usually one of the first solid foods given to babies and is quite nutritious because it combines a grain and lentil in one dish. Traditionally, khichdi is made in a pressure… Continue reading »

Move More

Gardening is a hobby that I enjoy. My husband and I grow many vegetables, fruits, and herbs at our house, and I enjoy trying to nurture some favorite flowering annuals each year. My mom, dad, grandfather, even my toddler also enjoying gardening; it is a family pastime. I love gardening for many reasons, but mostly because it is a fun way to get everyone outside and moving! Gardening is a form of exercise! Although it might not always be classified… Continue reading »

Earth Day 2021 is here!  Every year Earth Day falls on April 22nd and is recognized globally as a day to take action by changing human behavior, while also creating local, national, and global policy changes. Although this specific day is dedicated to the awareness of a transformational change that is needed in our world, it is important to carry this awareness throughout the year, as change cannot happen overnight.  Earth Day is primarily led by EARTHDAY.ORG with the mission… Continue reading »

Whether working from home or at a worksite, often during our work hours we are doing our bodies a disservice. For many, like myself, I spend most of my day in front of a computer. This can lead to a very sedentary day with little opportunity for movement. For my husband, who has a very physically-active career, it is quite the opposite. Many times, he comes home sore, tired, and with 20,000 steps accounted for already. For each of us,… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Below is a testimonial from an Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: I started Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes in July 2020. I had gained so much weight my clothes had gotten too small for me. I had to start buying new clothes in the beginning of 2020 so I could have something to wear. This program helped me learn how to eat better and what I should be eating to lose weight. I started trying different foods,… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from an Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes was absolutely the best health class I ever took.  By making relatively simple changes to my diet and lifestyle, I was able to lose 10% of my initial body weight over the course of the year.  Our instructor was just fantastic.  She was knowledgeable, supportive, and made the classes fun – they were the highlight of my week!  I continue to… Continue reading »

Below is a testimonial from an Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: I am eating more vegetables and fruit, which improves my overall health. I’m walking more, my metabolism is better, and I lost inches from my waist. Learning to judge which foods and lifestyle changes are best for me and my health has been invaluable. – Arlene, an Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant You may also enjoy: “I lost 28 lbs., reducing my BMI by more… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

Check out these 10 blogs for tips on how to eat smart, move more, and stay safe during the summer months! Healthy Summer Dessert – Yasso Frozen Yogurt Healthy Bite-Sized Summer Dessert Favorite Summertime Salad – Confetti Bean In-Season Produce to Add to Your Shopping List this Summer Food Safety for Summer Grilling Summertime means GRILLING TIME! Don’t forget the vegetables! The Heat Is Here to Stay Tips for Summer Exercise Summer Activity: Play in a Park Gardening for Physical… Continue reading »

For a lot of people, summer means cookouts and BBQs! So, how do you plan to balance Eating Smart and Moving More this summer at events? Here are a few tips, recipes, and links to help you game plan for summer fun and enjoy yourself while continuing your success and staying safe.  Get Competitive Trade the lawn chair for lawn games. Corn Hole, Ladder Golf, and Horse Shoes all require standing, and bonus they occupy your hands helping to prevent… Continue reading »

With summer approaching, I am looking forward to longer days, better weather, and seasonal summer fruits and vegetables. Choosing in-season fruits and vegetables is a great way to add variety to your diet and is also a more budget-friendly option than choosing out-of-season produce. While some fruits and vegetables are grown year-round, others are seasonal. Produce selection can vary by location and growing conditions, but the following list includes produce you will typically find at North Carolina farmers markets and… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

Only TWO WEEKS Until the 2020 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 14th annual Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with tips, tricks, and ideas… Continue reading »

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 »