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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Curried quinoa with apples
This recipe, from Agriberry Farm in Hanover County, blends sweet fall apples and scallions with quinoa, a fluffy and healthy grain.

Vegetarian lasagna
Fold your favorite veggies into this pasta dish recommended by Fredericksburg's Dr. Nimali Fernando (aka Doctor Yum).

Local and National Health Headlines

Hospitals penalized for readmitting too many patients
Mary Washington Hospital will lose $840,000 in Medicare payments as part of an effort to crack down on readmissions. Read more at

More deaths linked to meningitis outbreak
The number of meningitis deaths linked to a contaminated steroid was up to eight as of last night. Read more at

Nurses are accurate judges of hospital quality
A study affirms what many believe -- that nurses' assessments of hospital quality are on the mark. Read more at

Stem cell researchers win Nobel Prize
Scientists are honored for work that has "revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop." Read more at

Stress Buster

How to gauge your stress level
Nearly everyone deals with some kind of stress, whether it's good stress, manageable stress, or the kind that feels like poison. Click the headline to take a quiz that can help you get a sense of how much pressure you're under, and why.

Exercise of the Day

Modified yoga half series
Today's exercise involves a series of gentle yoga poses, including child's pose and kneeling plank, that can be used for a quick stretch break or as a warm-up to a more intense workout. Click the headline for more information and a demonstration from local yoga teacher Maartje Maas-Potterton.

Parenting News & Wisdom

Running away is common in kids with autism
Nearly half of kids with autism have run away from their parents at some point, a study says. Read more at

What to do when kids want to quit something
The creator of the Free Range Kids website discusses ways to handle a child's desire to quit soccer, piano or other activities.

Make a difference

Help raise money for local student hurt in accident
A "poker run" fundraiser will be held Oct. 13 to raise money for Spotsylvania County's Griczin family. Teenager Katelyn Griczin was seriously injured in a car crash in April. Despite having insurance, the family has been hit with thousands in bills, and Marjorie Griczin, Katelyn’s mother, said the family has filed for bankruptcy. Click the headline to learn more.

Motivational Words

Make things happen
"It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses." -― George Eliot

What's Happening

Hear gluten-free blogger talk
Today: Jeanne Sauvage, creator of the blog Art of Gluten-Free Baking, will meet with the King George Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Group at 6 p.m. Click the headline for details and directions.

Learn about essential oils
Today: Simply Holistic Remedies will host a free workshop on basic essential oils from 7-8:30 p.m. Call 540/220-2577 for details.

Get help quitting smoking
Oct. 11: Mary Washington Hospital will host a meeting of a smoking cessation support group in the cafeteria at 7 p.m.

Attend health fair
Oct. 13: Resurrection Lutheran Church will hold a health fair from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., with free screenings, health information and flu shots while supplies last. Call 540/786-7778 for details.

Take part in cancer walk
Oct. 14: The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk will be held at Fredericksburg's Hurkamp Park at 12:30 p.m., to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Enjoy a fall run
Oct. 14: The King George Fall Festival 5k will be held at the King George YMCA at 8 a.m. Cost is $20, or $10 for kids' fun run.

Walk for a cause
Oct. 20: A Light the Night Walk will be held at 7 p.m., in Fredericksburg's Hurkamp Park, to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Attend health symposium
Oct. 20: The Lake of the Woods Church will host a health fair, with free screenings and expert speakers, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Run a 10k race
Oct. 21: The 10k Run Through History will start at the Spotsylvania Courthouse Village Pavilion at 8 a.m.

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

The Rt 639 Farmer's Market
Thursday Evenings through September 25th, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Located in the front parking lot of the former Ladysmith elementary School in Ladysmith.

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