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Eat Smart

Let’s face it. There are so many great things about summer: warm weather, longer days, and lots of fresh produce. For me, it’s easy to create a colorful salad masterpiece with in-season vegetables and fruit during the summertime. Bright red tomatoes against a green leafy background topped with fresh blueberries makes getting an extra serving of vegetables and fruit a breeze. Salads aren’t usually the first thing I choose during the winter because my favorite salads involve summertime produce. Since eating a balanced diet… Continue reading »

Sometimes life happens and we don’t always have time to prepare breakfast in the morning, pack a nutritious lunch, have healthy snacks readily available,and cook a balanced meal for dinner. If you find yourself unexpectedly stopping at a restaurant for a quick meal, a celebration dinner or to take a break from cooking, go in with motivation to make healthy choices. Try these meal modifications to stay within your daily calorie intake and still feel satisfied. Appetizers Choose an item… Continue reading »

A few weeks ago, I made almond butter at home for the first time. I have always avoided purchasing almond butter at the grocery store because it can be so pricey. Whether you choose to make your own almond butter at home or to pick up a jar at the store, be sure check the nutrition label and the ingredients list for hidden additives. Check out this comparison of a few almond butter brands below.   Kristie’s Honey Almond Butter… Continue reading »

Move More

With the start of the New Year, we tend to reflect on the previous year as well as contemplate the year ahead of us. This is a great time to set your intentions and goals for the new year and ACT upon them! Going into the New Year, I did not have a specific goal in mind. However, on New Year’s Day morning, I saw a post from the North Carolina State Parks Instagram account (@ncstateparks) promoting their NC 100… Continue reading »

Just a year ago, when I thought of wintertime I pictured drinking hot cocoa, preparing for the holidays and wrapping up in a warm blanket – physical activity certainly was not on the list. The winter months and the holiday season can bring a distaste for being active. Be encouraged to discover what works best for you so that physical activity can be a part of your daily routine, even you are in stuck indoors. Try these tips to practice… Continue reading »

The winter season brings shorter days and colder temperatures. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active! Plan ahead, consider alternative exercises, and be prepared to readjust your workout routine as we move into the winter season. The simplest adjustment I have made that has kept me active during the shorter days is the purchase of a tiny but powerful flashlight. This flashlight has allowed me to maintain my evening walks with my dog, and to feel safe while doing… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Eileen: My name is Eileen and I’m currently enrolled in the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes program at Carolina Preserve. To date I’ve lost and kept off 30 pounds.                    Some of the tips that have helped me in this program: Early on we watched a video called 23 ½ hours. This video inspired me to be… Continue reading »

It’s that time of year where long car rides or flights may make an appearance in our schedules. At my house, all of our family lives out of state so whenever the holidays arrive, we are most likely on the road. With that being said, we have had quite a few experiences traveling up and down the east coast. There are some things such as traffic that can make a road trip feel even longer. However, there are some things… Continue reading »

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 »

Live Mindfully

It’s already time for the big game. For many of us, it’s the first major event since making our New Year Resolutions. No matter if you are wearing red and blue or gold and blue on game day, we can all implement healthy eating habits to stick to our Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less goals. One of the keys to navigating a Superbowl party and keep within a calorie budget is to PLAN. Pause and think before grabbing a… Continue reading »

Sometimes life happens and we don’t always have time to prepare breakfast in the morning, pack a nutritious lunch, have healthy snacks readily available,and cook a balanced meal for dinner. If you find yourself unexpectedly stopping at a restaurant for a quick meal, a celebration dinner or to take a break from cooking, go in with motivation to make healthy choices. Try these meal modifications to stay within your daily calorie intake and still feel satisfied. Appetizers Choose an item… Continue reading »

The New Year is almost here, which makes it a perfect day to start healthy lifestyle changes! Eating smart, moving more and living mindfully all play major roles in the success of maintaining your weight and not gaining. I have two simple tips for each part of a healthy lifestyle change. Try something new today and be intentional about building healthy habits, because we know that you can! Eat Smart Play around with healthy snack recipes. Design your own trail… 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 »