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Eat Smart

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 »

Eating with purpose, paying attention to eating, recognizing hunger and satiety; all of these help define mindful eating. Our recent article published in Current Obesity Reports established that mindful eating is a powerful tool to help us eat healthy and manage weight. But how do we go from a fast-paced, eat what is in front of you, lifestyle to one that incorporates mindful eating into each eating event? Our team is here to help with 12 steps to mindful eating. Incorporating these steps… Continue reading »

Can you freeze bread? Yes. My husband and I rarely go through a whole loaf of bread in a week so the freezer is my go-to. We are no longer wasting the end of a loaf, chomping on stale bread, or trying to finish it before it goes bad. Frozen bread works best for us because we are typically toasting the bread before we eat it anyway. Toasted sandwiches, toast with eggs, peanut butter toast, you get the picture. So now,… Continue reading »

Move More

I hope you have found something that excites you, motivates you, and keeps you active. I know the gym isn’t for everyone. It hasn’t always been my first choice to stay active. A year ago, I decided I wanted to try to run a longer race and maybe even lose some more weight. I joined a gym and started strength training. In the past year, I haven’t lost any weight according to the scale but I have lost inches and ½… Continue reading »

My husband really loves to bike as his primary form of exercise.  Biking is not typically my favorite.  I definitely prefer group exercise classes, but have never done a spin class, as I prefer aerobics-based classes.  So when we purchased the Peloton bike last year, an indoor exercise bike with online streaming classes, I thought to myself, I am likely never going to ride this!  This was the case until we had several snow days in January, leaving me house-bound… Continue reading »

There are many duties in our busy lives that we find vital to complete during the day. Various tasks may include going to work, taking care of kids, and ensuring a healthy dinner is on the table after a long day. Sometimes finding time to exercise seems close to impossible. Working out after work; “forget it”. Taking time to exercise during a lunch break; “hello, it’s called a break for a reason.” However, working out in the morning leaves few… Continue reading »

Prevent Diabetes

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 »

We are thrilled to share a testimonial from Kathy, a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant. Kathy began the program last February and since then has adopted healthy strategies, incorporated more physical activity (hiked through Alaksa!), and has even gotten her husband on board her journey with her. She shares her story below. Way to go, Kathy! My Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes Experience The story of committing to make good choices for my body in order… Continue reading »

Live Mindfully

Recording Now Available: Not All Carbs Are Created Equal Presented by Dr. Carolyn Dunn, Professor and Nutrition Specialist at NC State University The category of “carbs” tends to be demonized and misunderstood. However, not all carbs are created equal. Click the link below to watch the webinar recording to learn more. Watch Recording Please note, the beginning of the recording contains audio feedback, please skip the first 15 seconds to avoid this.   To view additional webinar recordings, including Fad… Continue reading »

Mindful eating can be defined as eating with awareness, which is compared to eating out of habit or because of an external stimulus (smell, atmosphere, peer pressure). It refers to being aware of one’s physical and emotional sensations while eating or when in a food-related environment. Mindful eating allows a person to pay attention to signs of hunger, satiety, pace of eating and characteristics of the food being eaten. Logically, it would make sense to say that mindful eating would assist with weight loss… Continue reading »

If you are a Grey’s Anatomy fan, you recently witnessed Dr. Bailey, played by actress Chandra Wilson, have a very real brush with death. In the scene, Dr. Bailey complains of physical symptoms and visits the emergency room, unaware she was experiencing a heart attack. “When your day starts off and you have no intention of dying, then all of a sudden your mortality is in your face, you can’t help but think about it,” Wilson admits during a recent interview… Continue reading »

Employee Wellness

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 »

If you are a Grey’s Anatomy fan, you recently witnessed Dr. Bailey, played by actress Chandra Wilson, have a very real brush with death. In the scene, Dr. Bailey complains of physical symptoms and visits the emergency room, unaware she was experiencing a heart attack. “When your day starts off and you have no intention of dying, then all of a sudden your mortality is in your face, you can’t help but think about it,” Wilson admits during a recent interview… Continue reading »