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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Balsamic Potobello and Goat Cheese Hoagies
The key to this recipe is to thinly slice the mushrooms, peppers, and onions. The mushrooms, after they cook, should take on the shape of thinly sliced steak.

Slow Cooked Jerk Pork with Caribbean Salsa
Pork roast, marinated overnight with fresh citrus juice, garlic, and jerk seasoning, then slow cooked all day while you're away. Topped with a bright, fresh Caribbean salsa of fresh mangos, avocado and cilantro. If I told you how good this dish was, would you believe me?

Cocoa Fudge Cookies
When freshly baked, these thin cookies have crisp edges and chewy centers.

Local and National Health Headlines

What Good Is 'Raising Awareness?'
Just being educated about diseases isn't enough to make people healthier.

Roadmap to Improve Care for Hospitalized Older Adults
Older adults with complex medical needs are occupying an increasing number of beds in acute care hospitals, and these patients are commonly cared for by hospitalists with limited formal geriatrics training.

Health Tips

5 Tips To Have A Great Poop Every Time
Your poop reveals more than you might think. If you have an oily residue or slick slides, you're not absorbing fat well. If you have rabbit pellets or you’re straining, you don’t have enough fiber.

Stress Buster

11 Lifestyle Factors That Could Be Making You Anxious
In my coaching practice, I work with people who have difficulty managing their stress and anxiety. They find comfort in my experience and the fact that I, too, have suffered from this.

Make a difference

5 Ways To Live According To Your True Purpose
There is a yearning that exists inside all of us — a hunger, a subtle gnawing awareness that there is something more. It is your wish to find your most authentic expression in the world: this is what I call your "soul signature"

Motivational Words

Get The Point
A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere. - Joyce Meyer

What's Happening

Living With Alzheimer's: The Moderate Stage
TODAY, April 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - This program is designed to provide caregivers with the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Lunch will be served.To register call 540-370-0835 or email Lori at

Festival of Feet
April 25, 8 a.m. - Bowling Green Town Hall. USATF Certified 10k and 5k loop courses with out and back spur on Lakewood for 10k. Email:

Manassas Bicycle Tour
Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. - Explore the hidden corners of the City of Manassas on a Bicycle Tour given by the Manassas Museum. The tours focus on historic areas around Manassas. The tour, which begins at the Manassas Museum is $5 per person. Call 703-257-8453 for tickets, and bring your own bike.

Integrative Medicine Fair
Tuesday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - The Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center is hosting an Integrative Medicine Fair to display to patients, visitors and community members the complementary therapy services that are being offered to patients undergoing cancer treatment. Representatives from several disciplines will be onsite to demonstrate their techniques. The event will be held in the Mary Washington Hospital Atrium.

Kevin English Memorial Golf Tournament
Friday, May 1 - held annually at Montclair Country Club. Proceeds benefit Project Mend-A-House. Teams and sponsors are needed. Call 703-792-7663 or email

Ladysmith Day Festival
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. - A day of family fun, food and entertainment. FREE Moon Bounce, pony rides and games for the kids. Dominion Raceway Car. Beer & wine gardens for the adults. Musical entertainment on the big stage by Phoenix 90 and The Clay Motley Band. A variety of different vendors (spaces still available). food from burgers to barbecue to pizza to shaved ice. Admission is Free! Located on the Village Green and Library Blvd in Ladysmith. For vendor information email For Cornhole Tournament information and entry form go to:

Quantico Walk
Saturday, May 2, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. - Enjoy touring the grounds at the USMC Museum, as well as the lovely Locust Shade Park. 5k and 10k trails are available with a rating of 2C.Contact Sharon Vines at 540-809-6227.

Marine Corps Historic Half
Saturday, May 17 - Historic Half registration is available. Online registration will be available starting on Feb. 25 for the Historic 10K (6.2 miles) and Semper Fred 5K (3.1 miles) at Both events will be held in conjunction with the Marine Corps Historic Half. Registration costs $45 for the 10K, open to runners eight and over. Semper Fred 5K registration costs $35 and is open to all ages.

Farmer's Markets

Spotsylvania Farmers Market
Route 3 and Gordon Road Commuter Lot - 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, April 11-December 21; Shoppers are encouraged to enjoy the new market layout, check out more vendors and browse longer. Cash, credit cards and SNAP EBT are welcome, with SNAP EBT (formerly, food stamps) customers receiving a $10 bonus to buy healthy fruits and vegetables. Please visit the market manager -- located mid-market, along Gordon Road. Winter Market 9:00 a.m.-Noon; second Saturdays, January-March

Manassas Farmer’s Market
On Thursdays, the Farmer’s Market is located in the Harris Pavilion and on Saturdays it is located in parking lot B (or the water tower lot). Both markets are open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. In June, July and August there is a summer evening market from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion.

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.

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