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Posted on March 14, 2018 by Kathryn Kitchen

It’s National Nutrition Month, and the theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food.” This phrase is pretty versatile as it can mean different things for different people. For example, it could mean starting your day off with a healthy breakfast or fueling before a sporting event. It could also mean preparing food to “go further” at home by only buying what you need and not letting perishable items spoil. Today, I’m going to focus on the latter, specifically with meal planning.

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Chrystal Hedges

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Chrystal Hedges

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Susan Robinson


State employees have been participating in recreational sports leagues for three years now. The original goal of these leagues was to provide an outlet for stress, get some movement and build social well-being. Everyone seems to be having fun and enjoying getting to know people from other state agencies.

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Kathryn Kitchen

Life is hectic. Our days are consumed by work, family commitments and other demands. It’s normal nowadays to be busy, but it’s important to take time for yourself among the busyness of your days. Ensuring you get enough movement (physical activity) in your life is one way to take care of yourself and your body. There are many benefits to movement. For example, movement can:

Posted on June 19, 2017 by Anonymous (not verified)


Posted on May 1, 2017 by Susan Robinson

As kids we played in the dirt, digging holes, making mud pies. Sometimes we even helped our parents plant flowers or a vegetable garden. We didn't realize how much we were helping our immune system become stronger. Come to find out, studies now show how gardening and touching the earth promotes overall well-being.

Posted on April 17, 2017 by Chrystal Hedges

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Susan Robinson

This blog discusses different types of fats and how they affect our bodies. It also informs you which fats you should reduce or avoid. Everyone is encouraged to read labels to see what types of fats are being consumed.

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Chrystal Hedges

The Livestrong program offered by the local YMCA is more than just an exercise program. Designed to help cancer survivors who have found that returning to physical activity is a new burden after a tough battle, it is a life line. That’s it—a Life Line to begin to Live Strong!

My breast cancer journey began March 4, 2013. By April 2016, I had been through six months of chemo, seven weeks of daily radiation treatment, a mastectomy and five additional surgical procedures, including breast reconstruction. I found that my life revolved around cancer and getting over cancer. Gaining strength to do more than push a grocery cart and unload the groceries after a full day of work seemed like all I could handle.

Posted on February 22, 2017 by Susan Robinson

For 2017 the diet buzz word is Flexitarian. It describes a lifestyle change that focuses mostly on plant-based meals with occasional meat, poultry and fish consumption. It is being recognized by dietitians and health experts for its nutritional completeness and ease in keeping up long term, as well as long-term weight loss.