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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Chicken soup with wild rice
Dietitian Jennifer Motl says this soup, featuring carrots, onions and toasted almonds, can stand alone or be paired with a sandwich.

Potato, chickpea and tomato curry
Ginger, curry powder, cumin and more flavor this dish, featured on the King George-based Gluten-Free Easily website.

Local and National Health Headlines

Today's surgeons would find much familiar in Civil War OR
If modern-day surgeons could visit a Civil War field hospital, they'd recognize much of what they saw. They'd also be repulsed.

Stress Buster

Stressed by travel plans?
If you're feeling fatigued thinking about the distance, cost and energy involved in traveling to a holiday gathering, consider whether you really need to go. Local life coach and therapist Delise Dickard, of Riverside Counseling, recommends considering virtual visits through technology such as Skype, which lets people see each other as they talk. "It really is the next best thing to being there," Dickard said.

Exercise of the Day

Plank on a stability ball
If you don't have a stability ball, consider getting one. Not only can you sit on these balls in place of using a chair, but you can also do a ton of exercises on them -- including plank, which is a great workout for your whole body. Click the headline for a demonstration of plank (aka push-up position) on a stability ball by trainers Julie Eiben and Chris McAuliff of Green Fitness in Fredericksburg.

Parenting News & Wisdom

Iron supplements may help babies born small
Giving small babies iron may boost brain development and prevent behavioral issues, a study says. Read more at

How to cope when loved one is deployed during holidays
Maintaining traditions can help families enjoy the holidays despite a loved one's deployment. Read more at

Make a difference

Donate to crib project
The Fredericksburg Department of Social Services is seeking donations of portable cribs to give to parents who may not have a safe, secure place for their babies to sleep. You can drop off donations at the department's office at 608 Jackson Street. For more details, call 540/372-1032 ext. 247, or click the headline.

Motivational Words

The importance of friends
"I'm a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down." -― Abraham Lincoln

What's Happening

Give blood
Today: Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center will host a blood drive from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

Get info about cataracts
Dec. 14: Mary Washington Hospital will host a free breakfast and seminar on cataracts, featuring Dr. Demi Dang, at 8:30 a.m. Registration is appreciated; call 540/741-1404 to sign up.

Take a holiday walk
Dec. 15: The Germanna Volkssport Association will host a walk starting at 3 p.m. at The Blarney Stone restaurant at 715 Caroline St. in Fredericksburg.

Learn about Medicaid expansion
Dec. 18: A discussion of how Medicaid will expand because of the Affordable Care Act will be held at St. George's Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg at 12 p.m.

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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