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Eat Smart

My husband and I used to fly by the seat of our pants when it came to weeknight dinners, often asking ourselves at 7pm “hmmm what’s for dinner” and most likely resorting to take-out. For the sake of our wallet and our waistlines, I knew we needed to eat at home more and that meant having a plan ahead of time. So I took it one step at a time and slowing started meal planning. I began with just one… Continue reading »

If you know me, you know I am a big fan of Costco. They have huge savings, great quality products, and the most unbelievable return policy. Plus, the friendly atmosphere and helpful employees make me want to shop there – which is saying something. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you are really saving money on a product so I usually cost-compare my purchases to other stores and more often than not I find Costco to be less expensive. The… Continue reading »

The week of 4th of July is upon us, and that means cookouts and celebrations. How do you continue to eat smart at a potluck? Or when there is an apple pie staring at you? Here are a few tips (and healthy 4th of July recipes!). Don’t go to the cookout, potluck, or party starving. Eat your normal meals throughout the day and have a filling snack before leaving such as an apple with peanut butter or Greek yogurt with… Continue reading »

Move More

Look out American Ninja Warriors! PLAY to get 10,000 steps per day I really can’t think of a more fun way to get in my 10,000 steps per day than to PLAY.   This blog goes out to anyone above the age of 12 who thinks that playing is only for kids.  I recently revisited a part of my childhood and rediscovered that PLAY is fun for ‘kids’ of all ages.  Growing up, my family’s home bordered my elementary school.  All… Continue reading »

Summer means lots of time outdoors. I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with my 5-year-old great nephew. As a 3-year-old, we had visited the park very near my home.  Even though the park was simple, he continued to talk about our visit often, reminding me of the fun we had. At a recent visit, he asked once again to go back to the park.  So, off go two adults and five-year-old holding hands walking to the park. The… Continue reading »

Heading into each Spring and Summer, I like to experiment with a different type of physical activity. Last year, I found myself trying to paddleboard and that was definitely not for me. I don’t mind getting wet while exercising, but when one finds oneself in the water more so than using one’s core or arms for stabilization, then perhaps it’s best to move on this season to a completely different form of mindful physical activity. I continue to enjoy the… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

  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 »

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has created a simple screening tool that we use on the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes website to help people consider their risk for prediabetes. Below is background information on why these questions are included and how they relate to your potential risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Let me start by saying that researchers and doctors don’t absolutely know with 100% certainty why some people develop prediabetes and… Continue reading »

The following is a testimonial from a current Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Margaret. Margaret sent us her feedback as she heads towards completion of Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes. Way to go, Margaret! “I first took the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program 2 years ago and it has changed my life.  I have lost 60 lbs, my fridge is full of fruits and vegetables, we eat mainly whole grains now and I have been… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

 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 whether they are based on fact or just a passing fad. Dr. Dunn will explain a foolproof method to determine if a diet follows evidence-based guidelines and will then use this method to examine popular diets such as Whole30, Paleo,… Continue reading »

Providing healthy options at team meetings is a great first step to creating an environment conducive to healthy behaviors. Having nutritious meal options at the office can also influence employees to begin to think about how they can incorporate meal alternatives in their personal lives. Below is a list of meal items that can help you determine how to swap or alter traditional meal offerings at your next team gathering. Beverages: Have water available. Adding fresh citrus and cucumber slices… Continue reading »

 Recording Now Available: Life Hacks: Eat Healthy On a Busy Schedule Presented by Dr. Carolyn Dunn, Professor and Nutrition Specialist at NC State University The “Life Hacks” component of the recent Mediterranean Diet mini-series, Med Instead of Meds, was so popular, we have decided to carry it through to future webinars. We introduce Life Hacks: Eat Healthy On a Busy Schedule, an upcoming webinar to give you tips and tricks to eating smart even with a busy schedule. We could… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

Providing healthy options at team meetings is a great first step to creating an environment conducive to healthy behaviors. Having nutritious meal options at the office can also influence employees to begin to think about how they can incorporate meal alternatives in their personal lives. Below is a list of meal items that can help you determine how to swap or alter traditional meal offerings at your next team gathering. Beverages: Have water available. Adding fresh citrus and cucumber slices… Continue reading »

The Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program focuses on mindful eating, or choosing and savoring food without distractions such as computers or television. Mindfulness is paying attention to your surroundings and being present in the moment, eating with awareness and only eating when eating – not watching television or working on the computer. For example, if we are going to eat a food that is very high in calories, we would only eat one or two bites, but we… Continue reading »

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has created a simple screening tool that we use on the Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes website to help people consider their risk for prediabetes. Below is background information on why these questions are included and how they relate to your potential risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Let me start by saying that researchers and doctors don’t absolutely know with 100% certainty why some people develop prediabetes and… Continue reading »