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holiday challenge

Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity as well as muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups at least 2 days per week. Start small and plan time for physical activity every day. Gradually increase activity to reach the physical activity guidelines. Check out this handout from our colleagues at NC… Continue reading »

Movies are a great way to soak in the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, movies require a lot of sitting…until now! Most movies, especially holiday movies, have reoccurring phrases, activities, or themes throughout the movie. I’ve taken these reoccurring events and assigned an activity to them. So for example, in Elf, every time you see an elf… Continue reading »

Eating at home is always more ideal, but sometimes life’s endless to-do’s get in the way, and takeout is the easiest option. Check out this handout from our colleagues at NC EFNEP with fast food survival tips. View the rest of NC EFNEP‘s helpful handouts! You may also enjoy: How to Practice Mindful Eating When… Continue reading »

Our colleagues at the NC Safe Plates team have prepared a Food Gifts Fact Sheet with tips to gift food safely this holiday season! Homemade food gifts are common around the holidays. Many options, such as homemade spicemixes, baking mixes and breads have minimal food safety risks. Items such as home canned ordried foods, infused… Continue reading »

Following a mindful breathing technique is one of the simplest ways to calm the mind and body and refocus in times of stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on your breath by following these steps: Become aware of your posture. Sit or stand up straight so you are alert, but… Continue reading »

December 8th is National Brownie Day in the United States. To celebrate, I want to share with you a recipe that gives a new twist on the classic chocolate brownie: the black bean brownie. I know you are probably skeptical of beans in your brownies, but hear me out on this one. These brownies do… Continue reading »

A delicious and healthy alternative to fruit pies, these baked pears can be served as dessert, or even eaten with breakfast. This is a favorite of mine at holiday meals when you want something sweet after dinner because they fulfill the sweet tooth craving without being too sugary or too filling. These pears are delicious… Continue reading »

Podcasts are all the rage these days, offering content in nearly as many genres as TV does. I am a huge fan of podcasts. They are a great way to keep your mind engaged  and learn something new. I am a podcast multitasker – I listen while I exercise, go for walks, clean my house,… Continue reading »

This is the last blog in our series reviewing health and wellness apps. Check out my previous blogs on exercise apps and nutrition apps for more suggestions. This blog will focus on apps that will help you to live mindfully through meditation, good habits, and better sleep. Headspace Personally, I am a huge fan of… Continue reading »

As more of us are cooking at home these days, meal fatigue is a real problem that many are facing. I want to tell you about a way to lessen the cooking load while still getting in a complete and nutritious meal. Enter: the snack meal. A snack meal is basically a bunch of small… Continue reading »