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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Citrus roasted cherry tomato pasta salad
Dietitian Jennifer Motl's pasta salad with orange zest, cherry tomatoes, salmon, basil and onions travels well and can serve as a side or main dish.

Local and National Health Headlines

Green tea tied to lower Alzheimer's risk
A recent study found drinking green tea could lower your risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Read more in this brief Shine Food piece.

Why don't people buy generic headache medicine?
This National Public Radio piece takes an interesting look at that question, based on a study that found nurses, doctors and pharmacists are much less likely to buy brand names like Advil and Tylenol than the rest of us.

Could this make you eat more?
A recent study found people consume more calories when an order of food is called "regular" rather than "double size." Read more in this Health magazine article.

Stress Buster

If you drink alcohol
Alcoholic drinks can dehydrate you and contribute to weight gain. In this U.S. News & World Report piece, registered dietitician Heather Bauer offers some tips such as drinking one glass of water for every alcoholic drink.

Love & Relationships

Save your libido
You might be unknowingly sabatoging your love life. This USA Weekend piece offers some advice on keeping your sex drive alive.

Motivational Words

Do you best
"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." --Og Mandino

What's Happening

Become a more confident cyclist
July 14: Fredericksburg Cyclists Club offers a "Become a Confident City Cyclist" class designed to make people more at ease riding in traffic and more confident on their bikes. Click the headline to learn more.

Find your inner warrior
July 14: This unique Tribal Quest race has participants completing a 5-mile course "through some rather challenging terrain" that includes ponds, rivers, mud holes and barbed wire.

Drum for grief support
July 18: A drum circle meets the third Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at the Mary Washington Home Health & Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway in Fredericksburg. Registration is free but required. Contact Dawn Broadwell at 540/741-1667 for more information or to register.

Take a walk, then have a picnic
July 20: The Germanna Volkssport Association's Summer Walk and Picnic features a guided group walk at 9:30 a.m. and picnic at noon at Curtis Park.

Play tennis for a cause
July 27: The Inaugural Lloyd Moss Memorial Tennis Tournament benefits the Moss Free Clinic's patients. Call Mike West at 540/741-3715 or email to learn more, or click the headline to find a registration form on the Moss Free Clinic's website.

Have some family fun
July 27: The Ron Rosner Family YMCA in Spotsylvania County will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a family fun festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Events include carnival games, a bike rodeo, face painting, health and community vendors, open swim and a craft/yard sale. Call 540/735-9622 to learn more.

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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