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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Asian Pear, Almond and Blue Cheese Salad
There's something about crunchy bits and juicy sweetness mixing with vinaigrette and salty blue cheese. Seriously.

Kalyn's Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
Basically a deconstructed version of stuffed cabbage layered with shredded cabbage, ground beef and brown rice cooked in tomatoes then topped with melted cheese.

Peanut Butter-and-Jelly Sandwich Cookies
Serve these sweet-and-salty cookies for an afternoon snack or a sweet lunchbox surprise.

Local and National Health Headlines

Zen and the Art of Cubicle Living
A continually updated summary of all that’s happened since the first patient was diagnosed on American soil.

Only half of Patients Take Their Medications as Prescribed
Although a large amount of research evidence has tried to address this problem, there are no well-established approaches to help them, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Health Tips

3 Ways To Eat Healthy Without Being Obsessive
Take a quick glance at a piece of nutrition literature — blogs, web resources, even printed information in the grocery store — and you'll see that most of the writing about why certain foods are "good" tends to be based on specific nutrients: How much of each you need, whether one food has more than another, etc. But is this really how any of us eat?

Stress Buster

6 Stress-Busting Techniques From A Cardiologist
For many heart patients, stress is the elephant in the room when we discuss why they missed their goals for proper exercise, nutrition, abstinence from smoking, and proper sleep. Physicians aren't routinely taught how to advise others on stress-management techniques, and may do no better than the rest in terms of dealing with stress themselves.

Parenting News & Wisdom

Are Smartphones Causing More Injuries To Kids?
While kids may be susceptible to the allure of smartphones, what if children aren't the ones abusing their smartphones as much as their parents are?

Make a difference

Why It's Easy To Transform Some Areas Of Your Life & Not Others
As humans, we were programed to evolve — not only biologically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Most of us feel an innate desire to become better, happier, and more whole.

Motivational Words

Believe and Create
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. - William James

What's Happening

PACE - People with Arthritis Can Exercise
TODAY, November 24, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - This is a community-based, recreational group exercise and education program designed specifically for people with arthritis and related diseases. Location is Tompkins Martin Medical Plaza, Classroom E. Questions call 540-741-1542

22nd Annual YMCA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk
Thursday, November 27, 9:05 AM - James Monroe High School, 2300 Washington Ave, Fredericksburg. Start waves will be used for the Turkey Trot 5k. There will be 4-5 waves consisting of an estimated 800-1,000 runners based on times.

Sibling Class
Saturday December 6, 9:00 am - 10:00 am - Through a variety of activities, including a big brother/big sister craft to take home, your child will learn about the changes a new baby can bring into the home in one 1-hour session. For children ages 2 through 9. There is no fee to attend, but registration is necessary. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

Mindful Relationship: Self, Other, & the Earth
Saturday, December 13, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - During this day-long retreat, we will focus on three primary types of relationships self, others, and the Earth”and skillful interaction with them through our thoughts, words, and actions. Held at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, 25 Chalice Circle. Contact Bill Brooks or 540.538.4342.

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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