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June 23, 2016

How to Stay Active This Summer

Do you find your activity level changes with the seasons? Exercise is an important part of weight management and overall health and it’s imperative to maintain an exercise routine year round. Summer heat can be particularly challenging for outdoor exercise. And while you can certainly exercise indoors, most of us want the fresh air and sunshine that we’ve missed while hibernating indoors during winter months.  So, rather than letting the summer heat make you give up your favorite outdoor activities take some simple precautions to keep moving.

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June 17, 2016

Skinny Recipe: Strawberry Romaine Salad and Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

It’s hard to believe summer is almost officially here. A classic strawberry salad is one of my favorite meals during this season. This recipe is as good as it looks, and it has less sugar and calories than the full-sugar version. I usually mix this up on the wings and bring it with me for lunch throughout the week.

Photo courtesy of Truvia.com


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June 15, 2016

A “Fresh” Perspective on Fruits and Vegetables

Despite all the nutrition controversy in the media touting different diets and food folklore, I am pretty confident we can all agree on one thing: most people need to eat more fruits and vegetables. In fact, according to the CDC, only 1 in 10 Americans eats enough fruits and veggies. June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month so it’s a great time to remind everyone to eat more produce. But I believe we need more than just a reminder. Although most people are aware of the need for more fruits and vegetables, the numbers don’t lie. Why are we still not getting enough? (Note: If you’re wondering what “enough” means, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommends 2 ½-cup equivalents of vegetables and 2-cup equivalents of fruits per day for a 2000 calorie level in the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern).

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