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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Mushroom fennel quinoa stuffing
If you're still searching for a good stuffing recipe for tomorrow's feast, consider this one from

Need something healthy on the holiday table?
Get your greens with this salad featuring spinach, vegetarian bacon crumbles, onions and a lemony vinaigrette.

Local and National Health Headlines

Trying to eat well during the holidays?
An upcoming event will offer motivation and information to help you make healthy dietary choices. Read more in my blog.

Doctors endorse over-the-counter birth control
Women shouldn't need a prescription to get birth control pills, a leading physicians group says. Read more at

Enjoy the holiday
Healthy Life Virginia will take a break for Thanksgiving and return on Monday. We hope you enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving meal.

Can Twitter help people do CPR?
A new study looks at how often people turn to Twitter for information about CPR and resuscitation. Read more at

Stress Buster

Giving thanks is good for you
A column at offers a reminder about the importance of practicing gratitude -- a timely sentiment during Thanksgiving week.

Exercise of the Day

Take a walk
Get some fresh air and give your body a quick tune-up by going for a walk. If you don't do it today, consider going for one tomorrow. It's a great way to ease post-meal fullness and fend off the sleepiness that sometimes sets in after Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, daily walks can help you lose weight during the holidays. Several years ago, a group of us at the paper monitored our weight from late November to early January. Collectively, we gained 12.5 pounds. The only one of us who lost weight? The daily walker.

Parenting News & Wisdom

Are you engaged, detached or something else?
A recent report grouped parents into one of four categories. Do you fit into one? Read more at

Catch up with college kids during Thanksgiving break
Grades and health issues are among the things college students and their parents should consider discussing. Read more at

Make a difference

Help a homebound senior
Mental Health America of Fredericksburg runs a Senior Visitors program, which matches isolated older adults with volunteers who provide weekly, friendly visits. If you have the time and inclination to help some older area residents, click the headline for details about the Senior Visitors program.

Motivational Words

Let some things go
"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." -- Lin Yutang

What's Happening

Try the Turkey Trot
Nov. 22: The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Mile will be held at the Fredericksburg Expo Center for kids ages 13 and under.

Take part in support group
Nov. 27: Life coach Marcia Grimsley will facilitate a gathering at the John F. Fick Conference Center at 7 p.m. for family members of people with a chronic illness or disability.

Learn about cataracts
Nov. 30: Mary Washington Hospital will host a free breakfast seminar on cataracts at 8:30 a.m., featuring Dr. Demi Dang.

Attend meditation retreat
Dec. 1: The Meditation Community of Fredericksburg will host a retreat called "Loving Kindness and the Path of Peace," from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the England Run library.

Enjoy a vegetarian meal
Dec. 1: The Vegetarian Group, which meets monthly at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, will host a potluck meal at 11:30 a.m. For details, send an email to lloydsgloria@msn.

Get healthy eating tips
Dec. 4: Get motivation and information to help you make healthy eating choices during the holidays and beyond at an event at the John F. Fick III Conference Center at 7 p.m.

Run a half marathon
Dec. 9: The Virginia Runner Blue & Gray Half Marathon will be held in Central Park at 7:30 a.m.

Take a shopping class
Dec. 11: The Doctor Yum Project will offer a free grocery shopping class at 7 p.m. to help people make smart, affordable food choices.

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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