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Miles for Wellness is a team-based, eight-week challenge put out by the NC Office of State Human Resources twice a year (Spring and Fall) to encourage NC state employees to get more daily steps. The goal is to encourage employees to get 10,000 steps (equivalent to five miles) on most days of the week. I was encouraged by my colleague, Sarah, who was on a winning team for the Spring challenge. I decided to join the challenge for the first time… Continue reading »

The 2017 Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge Has Begun! Join more than 23,000 people from across the US and around the world in 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 help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season. Registration does not close, click the link below to register. The 2017 Holiday Challenge will run through December 31st. You should receive a confirmation email… Continue reading »

The Holiday Challenge Taste Test is an annual event in which we 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 the highest rated dishes make it into the Holiday Challenge. It’s always a fun day in the office to celebrate the kick-off of the Holiday Challenge and to make sure find the BEST dishes to share… Continue reading »

I love the Holderness Family videos and parodies! Their newest one “My Wife is on a Healthy Diet / Men at Work Parody” had me laughing so hard. At the same time, I was reaching for the phone to send them some cauliflower rice recipes that are actually good. A healthy diet can look, smell, and taste delicious. So, if you are interested in some ways to spice up a “Healthy Diet” for you and your family here are a… Continue reading »

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 »

 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 »