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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

No-cook Spanish fig cake
Dietitian Jennifer Motl said this gourmet dessert, featuring figs, almonds and spices, is delicious and simple to make.

Garlic chicken with arugula
Chicken thighs, garlic, arugula and pasta come together in a meal with few ingredients, but big flavor, says the CookinFanatic blog.

Local and National Health Headlines

7 foods that aren't as healthy as you may think
This NPR story examines the dietary and chemical pitfalls in some popular foods and drinks.

Stafford Hospital may get a farmers market
Pending final approvals, a Sunday market will open at the hospital this summer, reports Katie Thisdell in her Front Burner blog.

Another reason to be cautious about antibiotics
Antibiotics rarely prevent pneumonia in people with upper respiratory infections, and they carry risks. Read more in this Reuters story.

Stress Buster

Not the usual stress reduction techniques
So much stress relief advice is built on the same foundation: Get enough sleep. Don't drink too much. Say 'no' when you're overwhelmed by obligations. Breathe deeply. All of that is wonderful, but I wondered what I might find by doing a search of "unusual stress relief advice" on Google. Click the headline to see what turned up.

Exercise of the Day

Move like a wild thing
Like many Pitaiyo exercises, this one starts out like a classic salutation but then takes a lively twist. With today's exercise, you transition from down dog pose to three-legged dog (one leg is in the air) and then basically flip your body over so you're on your hands and feet, with your stomach facing the sky. And there's still more to it than that -- click the headline to see Pitaiyo's Alex Kelly-Maartens demonstrate.

Parenting News & Wisdom

Pediatricians say gay marriage can help kids
The American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for gay marriage and adoptions by gay parents. Read more in this Yahoo story.

Get local summer camp schedule, listing
If you're looking for a summer camp for your child, check out Fredericksburg Parent & Family's new guide to camps.

Make a difference

Help send a child to camp
Stafford County Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is seeking donations to help send needy children to summer camp. The department has summer camps for kids between the ages of 3 and 14. If you're able and willing to make a donation, please call 540/658-5116.

Motivational Words

Be yourself
"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are." -- e.e. cummings

What's Happening

Attend mental wellness class
March 25: A free Wellness Recovery Action Plan class focused on "tools of light," sleep and exercise will be held in the Tompkins-Martin Building's room B, on the Mary Washington Hospital campus, at 6:30 p.m. For details, contact Karen Kallay at or 540/373-1744.

Attend health fair
March 27: The University of Mary Washington will host a free public health fair in Seacobeck Hall from 4:30-6:30 p.m., featuring free health screenings by Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center staff, plus demonstrations and product samples. For more information, call Rose Benedict at 540/654-2169.

Attend childhood obesity talk
March 28: The Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont in Fredericksburg will host a free talk about childhood obesity by Dr. Edmond "Trey" Wickham III of Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU at 6 p.m. Call 804/828-0123 to reserve a seat.

Do yoga, help environment
March 30: Project Yoga Fredericksburg will offer a free Karma Yoga Mala (a class featuring 108 sun salutations) at Bodyworks Downtown Athletic Club at 4:30 p.m., with donations benefiting Tree Fredericksburg, a local non-profit.

Run a 5K
April 13: The Stafford Hospital 5K race will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. Click the headline for registration information.

Walk for a cause
April 20: Walk MS, a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Central Virginia Chapter, will be held at James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg. Click the headline for details.

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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