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Recording Now Available: Diets: Fad or Fact Presented by Dr. Carolyn Dunn, Professor and Nutrition Specialist at NC State University You asked, we listened! Based on your feedback, the next webinar will focus on various popular diets and the evidence (or lack thereof) behind them. Diets covered will include Whole30, Paleo, Detox, Low Carb, and more. Click the link below to watch the recording: Watch Recording To view previous webinar recordings, including Med Instead of Meds and Life Hacks: Eat Healthy on a… Continue reading »

Looking for a delicious salad on a warm summer day? This salad from Spend with Pennies is perfect when it’s too hot to turn the stove on and it’s a great way to take advantage of fresh summer produce. This chickpea salad is loaded with protein, vegetables, and incredible flavor. It can serve as a side salad, a main entree, or lunch (make a big batch on Monday and portion it out for the rest of the week). This easy, three step… Continue reading »

I heard one of our team members raving about the deviled eggs on our new MedInsteadofMeds.com website so decided it was my duty as a good colleague to try them out. Oh my gosh. They are my new fav. On busy work days when everything seems to be a whirlwind, you need a quick (and healthy!) lunch option.  When you pull these eggs out of your lunchbox (with a cooler pack of course) your day is made.  As you will… Continue reading »

Move More

Strength training twice a week is one of the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes strategies. I wasn’t incorporating this strategy in my lifestyle so I decided to try it for six months and see what would happen. I’ve highlighted some of my successes and how I have celebrated them without using food. If you want more ideas, we have put together 50 Ways to Celebrate Success with Non-Food Rewards. Success #1:  I joined a gym. I hate running in the summer because… Continue reading »

Activity at work is a great way to boost employee energy, morale, and team work. Incorporating active minutes at work is especially important for professionals that spend most of their days sitting. Prolonged sedentary time increases the chance of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Daily bouts of movement can reduce disease risk.1 Active meetings increase focus and cognitive performance. Below are a few creative ways to hold active meetings: If the weather is nice, ditch the conference room and… Continue reading »

Employees participate in wellness challenges for a lot of different reasons. A strong wellness program or challenge should include components that incorporate many of those reasons. Provide Opportunities to Make Healthy Changes Screenings, wellness challenges, wellness fairs, and disseminating health-related information via company networks are good starting places to help employees be more aware of their health and have concrete steps to take to improve it. Healthy changes could be personal, environmental, or policy changes. WorkWell NC does a great job of… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Ramona. Way to go, Ramona! “I wanted to share my testimonial about participating in the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes course.  I was not super excited to start this class, however, almost one year later, I am excited about how much more conscious I am about my diet, exercise, and overall wellness.  I gained valuable information from participating in the course and my diet has… Continue reading »

 Next  Nutrition Decisions Webinar: Diets: Fad or Fact Presented by Dr. Carolyn Dunn, Professor and Nutrition Specialist at NC State University You asked, we listened! Based on your feedback, the next webinar will focus on various popular diets and the evidence (or lack thereof) behind them. Diets covered will include Whole30, Paleo, Detox, Low Carb, and more. September 8th at 12:00 pm EST Register Now Space is limited to the first 500 people who sign-in on the day of the… Continue reading »

  The following is an anonymous testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant: “My experience in the recently ending Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes class with Marjorie was excellent. The weekly accountability in My Progress Portal helped me to keep track of not only how much I was losing, but my “active” minutes per week. I have found that in order to lose weight, I must be more active on a daily basis. Recently my… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

The 2017 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 11th annual Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with tips, tricks, and ideas to… Continue reading »

We all have moments when we want to reward ourselves with something or it may be an event that needs to be celebrated. Many times, this celebration or reward revolves around or involves some type of food. There is nothing wrong with this approach as long as we can be mindful of our choices.  Each goal and milestone deserves to be celebrated, just think outside the realm of food. As we adopt healthy eating behaviors, one strategy is to think… Continue reading »

PROBLEM:  Summertime boredom is definitely setting in at my house!  And that means grabbing whatever is quick and easy.  Most often this means choosing the less healthy, pre-packaged choices from the fridge or pantry.  I noticed this happening more and more with my family as there is a significant amount of mindless roaming-grabbing-eating-repeat happening, for sure!  PURPOSE:  To try to encourage healthier choices, I decided to try a little experiment with my family by implementing one of the strategies to… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

Activity at work is a great way to boost employee energy, morale, and team work. Incorporating active minutes at work is especially important for professionals that spend most of their days sitting. Prolonged sedentary time increases the chance of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Daily bouts of movement can reduce disease risk.1 Active meetings increase focus and cognitive performance. Below are a few creative ways to hold active meetings: If the weather is nice, ditch the conference room and… Continue reading »

Employees participate in wellness challenges for a lot of different reasons. A strong wellness program or challenge should include components that incorporate many of those reasons. Provide Opportunities to Make Healthy Changes Screenings, wellness challenges, wellness fairs, and disseminating health-related information via company networks are good starting places to help employees be more aware of their health and have concrete steps to take to improve it. Healthy changes could be personal, environmental, or policy changes. WorkWell NC does a great job of… Continue reading »

Participating in team wellness challenges has been a great way to help me to remember to move before, during, and after the work day. Our walking team (Shamrock n’ Roll) recently won the latest NC Wellness Miles for Wellness walking challenge in the Super Hare division.  Each person walked 182 steps more a day than the members of the 2nd place team. That doesn’t seem like a lot of steps does it? But when I look back on where we started 1 1/2 years… Continue reading »