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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

A 5-minute lunch
Pull together a quick lunch by packing cheddar cheese slices, your favorite crackers, fresh green beans or snap peas, and grapes or cantaloupe chunks. Diversify as you wish, perhaps by adding nuts.

Foode's corn soup
Make great use of summer corn by whipping up a creamy corn soup using a recipe created by Joy Crump, the chef at Foode, a Fredericksburg restaurant specializing in fresh, locally-grown foods. Click the headline for the recipe.

Local and National Health Headlines

Develop a taste for healthful foods
In dietitian Jennifer Motl's latest column, get tips for growing to love wheat bread and other nutritious foods.

Need health advice? There's an app for that
Learn how your phone can help you track your workouts, blood glucose level and more, by reading Dr. Christopher Lillis' latest column.

Find out what local docs think of health care law
At an upcoming forum, two physicians with opposing views of the health care law will share their thoughts on what the act may mean for you.

Can two words help you resist cravings?
Declaring "I don't" when faced with tempting foods works a lot better than saying "I can't," experts say. Read more in The Los Angeles Times.

Stress Buster

Relax your body
To ease your worries, relax your body, said Dr. John McLaughlin, an interventional radiologist and co-leader of the Meditation Community of Fredericksburg. Swim, do tai chi, run, stretch -- whatever works. "It's a positive feedback loop," McLaughlin said. "The more the body can relax, the more the mind can relax." Without exercise, meditating is harder. "You can't take somebody who has incredibly high anxiety and make them sit down and not move for 20 minutes," McLaughlin said.

Exercise of the Day

A speedy, intense workout
The quick tabata style of exercise was developed in Japan, and this video from Fredericksburg Fitness provides a glimpse into how it's done. "This is the world's fastest workout," said trainer Jennifer Korzen, at the video's start. Click the headline to see her demonstrate a series of four exercises in two minutes. "This is a very effective workout to help burn loads of calories," she said.

Parenting News & Wisdom

Rising number of kids getting whooping cough
Adults who spend time around babies should get a booster vaccine, doctors say. Read more in this CNN story.

How to talk to children about tragedies
Get tips for talking to children in the aftermath of a scary, tragic event like the mass shooting in Colorado.

Make a difference

Donate blood
The American Red Cross says there's an urgent need for blood donations. You can help out during a blood drive sponsored by Spotsylvania County Government at The Marshall Center, 8800 Courthouse Road, on Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Lois Gill at 540/507-7725 for details. Walk-ins are welcome. Bring a picture ID.

Motivational Words

Make priorities matter
"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." -- Stephen R. Covey

What's Happening

Learn about kidney stones
July 25: Dr. Scott Sell, a urologist, will talk about how to prevent, manage and treat kidney stones. Registration is required for this free seminar at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

Quit smoking
July 26: Mary Washington Hospital hosts a free smoking cessation support group in the cafeteria area from 7-8 p.m. Meet others going through the quitting process and speak one-on-one with a specialist.

Get teen driving tips
July 26: The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office will offer a program on teen driving for 14-18-year-olds from 10-11:30 a.m. Seats are limited; pre-register and get more details at 540/507-7107 or

Get diabetes advice
Aug 14: Dr. Claudine DuPont, a local podiatrist, will talk about foot care for diabetics from 7-8 p.m., at the Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza in Fredericksburg. Click the headline for details.

Run a 10-mile race
Aug 19: The Hartwood 10 Mile race will be held at Stafford County's Curtis Park at 7:15 a.m. Click the headline to register or get 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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