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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Seasoned fresh spinach in coconut and yogurt sauce
Dietitian Jennifer Motl found a way to make a classic Indian dish even classier--and more tasty. Click the headline to see the recipe on her Bright Eating blog.

Apple pie balls
They're "vegan, paleo, and auto-immune friendly" say the authors of the Paleo Parents blog--and good for kids and car trips.

Local and National Health Headlines

Five signs of bad nutrition advice
Every time you turn around, somebody has advice to give on how, and what, you should eat--or not eat. An expert weighs in on how to tell if your advice-giver knows what he or she is talking about.

Which brain-boosting foods help kids on test days?
In Amy Umble's story, two dietitians share tips for getting kids fueled up with a good breakfast on big test days.

Does coffee help you live longer?
A massive research project involving more than 400,000 people suggests coffee extends life, so drink up. Read more at

Judge rules no restrictions on emergency contraception
The Los Angeles Times reports that a federal judge chastised the Obama administration for attempting to set age limits on access.

Stress Buster

Laugh and the world laughs with you?
At the very least, laughter helps your body produce more dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate emotions. That's what local Pitaiyo instructor Alex Kelly-Maartens learned during a recent trip to Yogaville, where she received her "License to Laugh." Click the headline to check out her video and learn a few games to teach you how to laugh out loud--just in case you forgot.

Exercise of the Day

How to stretch after working out
The "For Dummies" folks have a short video demonstration to help you cool down and recover after exercise. Check it out.

Parenting News & Wisdom

Teens who text while driving tend to take other risks, too
A recent study suggests teens are less likely to wear seatbelts, more likely to drink and drive. Read more in this CNN story.

The world to babies: a big, garbled mess
Human infants are "the least neurologically developed primates on Earth," researchers say. But they don't stay that way for long.

Motivational Words

Happiness was meant to be shared
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." -- The Buddha

What's Happening

Learn about ADHD
Today: Dr. Sala Webb, from the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, will give a free talk on signs, symptoms and treatment of ADHD at the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont at 6 p.m.

Learn about high-risk pregnancies
May 22: Stafford Hospital will host a seminar on high-risk pregnancies at 6 p.m., featuring Dr. Lia Shorter, an OB/GYN, and Dr. Christos Hatjis, a maternal fetal medicine specialist. Click the headline for details and registration info.

Attend mental health event
May 23: Stafford Hospital will host a symposium on mental health from 6-9 p.m., featuring local residents talking about their mental illnesses and representatives of local agencies discussing resources.

Run a 10K
May 27: The Civitans 10K will be held in Fredericksburg, starting at the library at 1201 Caroline St., at 7 a.m.

Walk or run to help animals
June 9: The 2013 Fredericksburg SPCA 5K Rescue Run/Walk will be held at 7 a.m., starting in front of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on Caroline Street in Fredericksburg.

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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