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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Bell peppers stuffed with black beans and sweet corn salsa
You can use canned beans to whip up this satisfying meal suggested by dietitian Jennifer Motl.

Roasted fresh tomato soup
Take advantage of the end of tomato season with this soup that can be eaten warm or cold.

Local and National Health Headlines

The health power of recess
Schools should be wary of cutting recess, according to new research that suggests the free time helps reduce bullying and helps kids learn. Read more in this Washington Post piece.

Yelling won't work
Yelling at teens actually seems to lead to worse behavior, a recent study found. Read more in this LiveScience article.

Do you know your numbers?
Half of people suffering from high blood pressure don't know it, according to a new study. Read more in this CBS News piece.

Stress Buster

Sleepless and stressed?
In times of high stress, sleep can be elusive just when you need it most. Check out these tips on getting enough zzzz's.

Exercise of the Day

Downward facing dog
If you're not doing this yoga pose daily, give it a try. It's a wonderful stretch.

Parenting News & Wisdom

Help your teen fuel up
Check out this article from yesterday's Free Lance-Star for help making sure your teenagers eat a good breakfast.

Love & Relationships

Here's the latest relationship advice from Steve and Mia of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Motivational Words

The value of time
"They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price." --Kahil Gibran

What's Happening

Women's expo
Sept. 7: The Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is hosting a "Head to Toe Women's Expo" from 9 a.m.-noon in the center lobby. Learn more by calling 540/498-4054 or visiting

Run for the free clinic
Sept. 8: The Moss Free Clinic 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. at 1301 Sam Perry Blvd. in Fredericksburg.

Have your eyes and ears checked
Sept. 8: A mobile site and hearing van will be at the North Stafford Farmers Market, 125 Hospital Center Blvd., from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. offering freee sight, glaucoma, hearing and blood pressure screenings.

Learn about fall prevention
Sept. 11: At 11 a.m. in the John F. Fick III Conference Center at Mary Washington Healthcare, Parnters in Aging is sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Barbara Ehman on fall prevention. Register by calling 540/370-0008.

Get some running advice
Sept. 12, Oct. 10 and Nov. 19: Attend all three 6-7 p.m. lectures on running at the Mary Washington Healthcare Fick Conference Center and get a free regsitration for the YMCA Turkey Trot and a Human Motion Institute T-shirt. The lectures are free, and September's topics are training, goal-setting, shoes and equipment. Register by calling 540/741-1404.

Enjoy tunes and food
Sept. 14: Blues & BBQ Concert to benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 3-6 p.m., Wilderness Community Church, 10501 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, with music by the Fredericksburg Blues Society, The Geezers, Acoustic Onion and Marjo Deluxe, food donated by Virginia Barbeque. A $10 love offering is appreciated.

Salute the sun
Sept. 22: Celebrate the arrival of autumn by performing 108 sun salutations at Hurkamp Park, starting at 4:44 p.m. Said Pitaiyo's Alex Kelly-Maartens, "Our vision is to pack Hurkamp Park with loads of yoga mats, and we hope yours is one of them."

Walk to end Alzheimer's
Sept. 28: To raise awarness about and money for the Alzheimer's Association, walk a 1 or 3 mile course that begins at 10 a.m. the University of Mary Washington. Dogs and strollers are welcome.

Farmer's Markets

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.

Farmers Market at Stafford Hospital
Sundays through October, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Outside the SH Medical Pavilion

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