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Eat Smart

Although not an everyday craving but every now and then, I want to satisfy my sweet tooth with something more indulgent than my usual small piece of dark chocolate – something like ice cream especially during the summer time. I am happy to share that I have found the best substitute for traditional chocolate ice cream – Yasso Frozen Yogurt, Chocolate Fudge. This frozen yogurt has a smooth, rich taste and is delicious. Unless you read the ingredient list on the… Continue reading »

I love using mason jars to store my food. They are convenient, keep food fresh, and easy to clean, but most importantly, they are just plain cute! Part of eating mindfully is to notice the taste, texture, and smells of our food. This includes the visual presentation of food as well. Mason jars can elevate the visual presentation of a meal to the next level. Plus, no labeling required since all the ingredients are visible. I have rounded up some… Continue reading »

Nothing beats outdoor grilling on a warm summer night.  When you are grilling your meat, don’t forget the vegetables. Grilled vegetables go well with grilled meat or fish and make wonderful left-overs. My favorites are broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini and red peppers, mushrooms, and onions. One of many great things about grilling vegetables is that they are done in a jiffy.  Sweet potatoes take about 12-15 minutes to cook on the grill; less dense vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, snap… Continue reading »

Move More

This summer has wreaked havoc with my exercise routine. Travel, work conferences, family medical issues, a personal medical issue, house projects, and a dog that suddenly developed a fear of thunder and loud rain have all contributed. It has been hard to stay focused and motivated. I haven’t quit my gym, but I have just had to adjust things.  I have still managed to build some muscle and endurance. I am looking forward to this fall when I can get… Continue reading »

Summertime is in full swing and there are so many fun and active things to do outside! Perhaps you have been anticipating summer, but now the hot days are limiting your opportunities to be active. The good news is, you can still be physically active each day and spend little to no time outdoors on those extremely hot days. Try these tips to beat the heat while remaining active this summer. Stay hydrated – Invest in a reusable water bottle… Continue reading »

This May, we are celebrating #MedMonth by providing resources and tips on the Mediterranean Diet. Although most of the resources involve healthy eating, a big part of the Mediterranean lifestyle is physical activity. It is recommended to be moderately active (e.g. brisk walking) at least 150 minutes per week, which breaks down to 30 minutes per day. Since employees spend a majority of their day at the office, and most of the time at the office involves sitting, it is… 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

Nuts are a staple in my family. A nut bowl was always at my house growing up particularly around the holidays. You could pick up an actual nutcracker and spend time cracking and cleaning for the perfect bite of nut. It was a great tradition, albeit time-consuming. It did make for some mindful eating as you could only eat so fast. Now that research keeps piling up about the healthfulness of nuts, makes me want to bring back the nut… Continue reading »

My husband is a vegetarian so we usually get a good portion of our vegetables at dinner. We have been trying out some recipes to swap our protein but I realized that we hadn’t had fruit in a while. For Med Month I decided to make a conscious effort to eat more fruits and vegetables during the day. I decided to try to eat at least a fruit or vegetable with every meal and snack. It has been fun. The… Continue reading »

Eating like those who live in the Mediterranean region has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases. The Mediterranean-style eating pattern incorporates the basics of healthy eating that are traditionally practiced in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Eating the Mediterranean way is not only healthy, it is delicious and satisfying. Foods that you once thought of as too high in fat or unhealthy, including nuts, olive oil, olives, and whole grains, become an everyday… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

We are excited to introduce our guest blogger, Doranna Anderson. Doranna is the Comprehensive Cancer and Control Program Consultant for the Cancer Prevention and Control Branch at the NC Division of Public Health. When I read a recent post from the Prevent Cancer Foundation about how they started a Salad Bowl Day at their workplace I thought about how much fun employees could have sharing a meal together and enjoy each other’s company during a healthy lunch. With all the summer crops coming… Continue reading »

Your stomach is rumbling and you eye the clock wondering if you can make it to dinner? The Ziploc snack bag you keep filled with healthy emergency snacks in your desk drawer is empty and you wish you had remembered to fill it. You know you will not have a good workout after work if you don’t get a snack. Your options include the office kitchen or the vending machine. Choose wisely, what you have access to in the office… Continue reading »

The results are in! The 2017 Holiday Challenge was the largest and most successful Holiday Challenge since it began in 2006. There were more than 28,600 people who joined the 2017 Holiday Challenge, which is an 83% increase in participation from 2016. All 50 states, all 100 NC counties, and 14 additional countries participated. Click the map below to see a full list of all state participation (scroll to the end of the report): There were over 700 employers involved… Continue reading »