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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Healthier cream eggs
These wouldn't work for an Easter basket because they contain ice cream, but ChocolateCoveredKatie.Com offers this "much-needed healthy makeover" to one of my brother's favorite Easter treats.

Local and National Health Headlines

Why your tummy might still be hurting
Elimination diets to rule out food sensitivities can be helpful, but sometimes people actually find themselves feeling worse after dropping certain foods. Check out this U.S. News & World Report piece to find out why.

More e-cigarette concerns
A Congressional report released earlier this week is urging the FDA to regulate the marketing of e-cigarettes. Read more in this CBS News piece.

Pap smear alternative sparks debate
A DNA test for cervical cancer is being met with enthusiasm by some, skepticism by others. Read more in this Associated Press article.

Stress Buster

Forgive yourself
Whether you feel like you've blown your healthy eating intentions, lost your temper with your kids or have any other of a number of feelings of failure, hold it right there. Dr. Amy Myers recommends self forgiveness as a proven stress relief. "Whatever the case, it’s important to not get discouraged and overwhelm yourself with feelings of guilt."

Make a difference

Help the Avery family
A series of fundraisers, including one this evening at Chik Fil A on Rt 17 in Stafford County, are planned to help the local family that lost their home and infant daughter in a March 31 fire. Read Amy Umble's blog post to learn more.

Motivational Words

Try a little understanding
"Don't judge someone just because they sin differently than you." --Seen on Pinterest

What's Happening

Meditate with a group
April 17: 'The Suffering Caused by Making Things Wrong' is the topic of the weekly group practice of Insight Meditation Community of Fredericksburg, scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. at Dragonfly Yoga Studio, 810 Caroline St. Click the headline to learn more.

Get the skinny on weight loss
April 17: Starting at 5 p.m. at Spotylvania Regional Medical Center, dietitian Alison McGrail will talk about how a healthy diet and exercise work together to help you lose weight.Seating is limited. Click the headline to sign up.

Kick the habit
April 21: Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center offers an eight-week smoking cessation class on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Cost is donation of any amount to American Lung Association or American Cancer Society. Click the headline to sign up.

Celebrate healthy kids
April 26: The Masaad branch of the Rappahannock Area YMCA, 212 Butler Rd. in Falmouth, will celebrate Healthy Kids Day with live fitness demos beginning at 10 a.m. to include family-friendly formats like Family Drum Fitness and Family Boot Camp. The event will also feature face painting and balloon animals, and the inflatable obstacle course will be up and running. A Bike/Trike-a-thon starts at 9:30 a.m. & a Skateboarding Skillz Clinic will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Toss medications safely
April 26: The local group Partners in Aging is sponsoring 'Operation Medicine Cabinet' from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. You can drop off expired or unwanted medications and sharps at one of seven locations throughout the area, including Stafford Hospital, Mary Washington Hospital and Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. Check out their flier for more info, or call HealthLink at Healthlink 540/741-1404 or 800/722-2788.

Buy some plants
April 26 through May 10: The annual plant sale to benefit individuals with an intellectual disability who attend Rappahannock Adult Activities runs Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. at 750 Kings Highway, just 3.9 miles past the Chatham Bridge. Click the headline to see what flowers, herbs and vegetables are available for purchase.

Run for the free clinic
April 27: The Moss Free Clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. at the clinic on Sam Perry Boulevard. Click the headline to learn more.

Get ink for a cause
April 27: Golden Monkey Tattoo, 1901 Dixon St. in Fredericksburg, is offering tattoos, piercings and artwork, starting at 10 a.m., to benefit the Matthews Center for Visual Learning. Call 540/656-2670 to learn more.

Walk for mental wellness
May 3: The Mental Health America of Fredericksburg Walk for Mental Wellness aims to raise awareness about local mental health support and promote wellness in our community. Click the headline to register or learn more. Registration is $25 before May 1, $30 thereafter.

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