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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Butternut Squash and Red Lentil Soup
Other than a little olive oil, the soup is made primarily with fresh vegetables and plenty of spice.

Carne Bistec - Colombian Steak with Onions and Tomatoes
Beef lovers, you'll love this quick Colombian steak dish cooked with onions, tomatoes and cumin. The onions and tomatoes create a flavorful sauce which is wonderful served over rice.

Caramel Mocha Sandwich Cookies
These Caramel Mocha Sandwich Cookies are a perfect treat for the coffee lover on your gift list.

Local and National Health Headlines

Why Outbreaks Breed Hysteria
What a 2009 psychology study on the swine flu pandemic can teach us about today's Ebola-induced panic.

Few U.S. Hospitals Ready to Handle Ebola, Survey Finds
Many don't have enough staff, training or equipment to control often deadly virus, experts say.

Health Tips

What You Need To Know About SIBO + How To Fix It
SIBO, an acronym for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, has been a term increasingly on people's radar, especially in the health blogosphere.

Make a difference

You Can't Be Happy If You're Unwilling To Be Sad
The pursuit of happiness focuses on only one side of the equation. It skips over sadness, grief, frustration, disappointment and failure. All of the tough emotions that shape our daily lives.

Love & Relationships

How To Connect With Your Partner Through Meditation
I had been meditating for a few years before my husband finally agreed to try join me for a session. Once I got past the shock of his acceptance, I was giddy with excitement.

Motivational Words

Always Learning
Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins. - Jim Rohn

What's Happening

Meet the Expert - Taboo Topics: Colorectal Health, the Bottom Line
Tuesday, November 4, 6:30-7:40 p.,. - Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Join our board certified colon & rectal specialist for a frank discussion on colon health. The discussion will include the latest guidelines for colorectal cancer screening, ways to reduce your risk, understanding what's normal & what's not, symptoms to watch for and when you should consult a specialist.

Surgical Management of Obesity
Thursday November 6, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - This free seminar will include causes of obesity, potential health risks, surgical options for weight loss, benefits and potential risks involving surgery and insurance issues. You will be able to ask questions directly to the surgeon and meet the staff as well during this seminar. Registration is required by calling 888-685-1610. Light refreshments will be served.

FCA 5K & 1 Mile Run
Sunday, November 9, 8 a.m. - Fairview at river Club Area Course. proceeds benefit Battlefield Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Breastfeeding Basics
Monday November 17, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. - This one session 3-hour class provides in-depth information on breastfeeding. There is no fee to attend, but registration is necessary. All classes end with a tour of Women and Children Services.

Farmer's Markets

Spotsylvania Farmers Market
Route 3 and Gordon Road Commuter Lot - 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, April 20-December 21; Winter Market 9:00 a.m.-Noon; second Saturdays, January-March SNAP EBT/Credit Cards Accepted

Fredericksburg Farmer's Market
The Fredericksburg Farmers Market is located at Hurkamp Park at the intersection of Prince Edward and George Streets, Monday through Saturday, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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