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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Curried vegetable and chickpea stew
A slow cooker recipe that's healthy and satisfying. I didn't have curry powder so I used tumeric, and the stew was a huge hit in my house.

Local and National Health Headlines

Could you be breathing easier?
An estimated 24 million Americans have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and don't know it, according to this USA Weekend piece by The Doctors, who outline some steps we can all take for better breathing.

Are pregnant celebrity cover models a bad influence?
"By unequivocally depicting expectant women as beautiful and glowing and ready for a night out in a tight dress, these magazines set up unrealistic expectations for both pregnancy and motherhood, neither of which is easy, beautiful, or picture-perfect, at least not all the time," Peggy Drexler writes in this CNN opinion piece.

Can the doctor see you now?
The three most common reasons people avoid going to the doctor are cost, lack of time and fear, according to this Motley Fool article.

Parenting News & Wisdom

Buckle up
Here's some helpful info from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on child passenger safety.

Motivational Words

Remember what's important
"Our greatest danger in life is permitting the urgent things to crowd out the important." --Charles E. Hummel

What's Happening

Learn about managing heart failure
Nov. 1: Mary Washington Healthcare's Fifth Annual Heart Failure Forum is scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the John F. Fick Conference Center on Sam Perry Boulevard. Speakers include a cardiac nurse practitioner, sleep medicine physician, exercise specialist and nutritionist who will touch on ways to manage heart failure. Lunch is included, but pre-registration is required. Call HealthLink at 540/741-1404 or 800/722-2788 to register.

Walk the trails
Nov. 2: The Germanna Volkssport Association is sponsoring a 5K and 10K non-competitive walk, starting at 8 a.m. at the Dorothy Hart Community Center in Fredericksburg. Pre-registration is not required, but learn more by calling Kay Shoemaker at 540/841-185 or at

More than tofurkey
Nov. 2: The Vegetarian Group will meet from 11:30-1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg for a potluck meal and talk on hosting a vegan Thanksgiving meal. For more, contact Gloria Lloyd at

Walk to raise epilepsy awareness
Nov. 3: At Old Mill Park, the two-mile Epilepsy Awareness Walk is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. and also features a talk by Dr. Sandra Crouse of Mary Washington Healthcare. Learn more by contacting Epilepsy Foundation Virginia Director Suzanne Bischoff at or local coordinator Tom Brown at

Cope with grief
Nov. 9: Mary Washington Hospice is offering "Coping with Grief During the Holidays" for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The program is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Register or get more information by contacting Diane Ebanal at 540/741-2377 or

Run for FCA
Nov. 10: The Fellowship of Christian Athletes 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run start at the Fairview at River Club and raise money to "help send a kid to camp, train a coach in 3-D coaching, provide a platform for local athletes to share their faith and impact their team, campus, and community." Click the headline for a registration form or register at

Strike up the band
Nov. 11: The third annual Band Together to Fight Hunger marching band event brings bands from all area high schools to the Mountain View football field. Gates open at 5:30, and non-perishable food donations are suggested. Learn more by contacting Julie McDonald, 678/491-4282 or

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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