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Karen Ridings

Fight the winter office blues with exercise!

Winter and exercise do not seem compatible. Often it is difficult to get outside to walk when the weather is bad. In addition, most of us have sedentary desk jobs. It is time to think out of the box to...
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Karen Ridings

Worksite food safety tips

Do you eat at your desk? Do you grab a snack from a community platter? Do you have office potlucks? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, it is important to consider these food safety facts and tips!
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Karen Ridings

Holiday eating - enjoying the season while managing your waistline

Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, people attend numerous parties and holiday dinners. Food is part of the holiday traditions. One big challenge for most of us is enjoying holiday foods without gaining too many pounds. With some planning, this challenge can be met with success!
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Brittany Michael

Eggnog and egg nutrition

The holidays ... such a great time of the year for get-togethers, good food and over indulging. A particular drink I always seem to find at parties is eggnog; so good, but can be so bad, too! Before you grab a glass of this holiday drink, take a look at a lower-calorie option and some nutrition facts on eggs.
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Karen Ridings

Thanksgiving dinner, planning a delicious and safe meal

Do you have visions of turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes dancing in your head? Don't let a tight budget stop you from planning a spectacular and safe Thanksgiving meal!
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Brittany Michael

What do I do with all these uncarved pumpkins?

The fall holidays bring more gourds in our homes than any other time of the year. They are part of our centerpieces, fall decorations, carved for Halloween and given as gifts. Instead of throwing pumpkins away, try one of these recipe ideas!
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Karen Ridings

Caring for the caregiver

To help support the caregivers in our community, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Adult Care Center of the Northern Shenandoah Valley are sponsoring a one-day workshop (8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.) on Nov. 9 to give caregivers tools to make their jobs easier.
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Brittany Michael

Trick or treat tips

We are starting to purchase trick-or-treat goodies, buying or making costumes and decorating houses for this spooky event. It is very easy to go overboard at Halloween with all those yummy treats out there! Keep these tips in mind to ensure your family's safety and to not get too off track this Halloween.
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Karen Ridings

Healthy birthday celebrations at school

The school year is fully under way. Throughout the year, elementary children often bring treats to school to celebrate their birthdays with fellow classmates. Typical foods for celebrations include cupcakes, cookies and other foods high in fat and sugar. Given that the obesity rates among children are on the rise, birthday celebrations can become a teachable moment for children.
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Karen Ridings

Root for root vegetables!

Sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, beets, and parsnips are full of fiber and nutrients galore! MyPlate encourages people to fill half their dinner plates with fruit and vegetables. Root vegetables can round out a menu with warm colors and flavors.

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