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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Honey-Sweetened Peach Lemonade
Fruity and light, thirst-quenching and utterly delicious, this vibrant drink that is the perfect finish to summer.

Red and Green Coleslaw
This classic coleslaw dressed with mayo and sour cream is excellent on its own or piled onto pulled pork, brisket or smoked-meat sandwiches.

Carolina Pulled Pork
Okay, we've given you the beverage and the recipe for the slaw. Now, here's the main event. YUM!

Local and National Health Headlines

Teens see different consequences from alcohol and pot: study
Using alcohol leads to unsafe driving and compromised relationships with peers, while using marijuana harms relationships with authority figures, U.S. teens said in a survey.

'Fat Shaming' Doesn't Motivate Obese People to Lose Weight: Study
This type of discrimination may actually lead to weight gain, researchers say.

Health Tips

10 Tips To Get Great Sleep Tonight
Inadequate sleep weakens our ability to handle stress, maintain a healthy immune system, moderate our emotions, and think clearly.

Parenting News & Wisdom

The EpiPen Kid
Before I had Joe — well, before I knew Joe had a potentially life-threatening allergy to tree nuts — I was right there with parents who are annoyed at peanut and other nut restrictions in some public places.

Make a difference

Why I Wish I Hadn't Judged My Mother Before She Passed Away
There's no wisdom in judgment, but many of us are trained to judge from a very early age.

Motivational Words

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. - Dalai Lama

What's Happening

Braswell 5k Run/Walk Against Teen Violence
Saturday, September 20, 8 a.m. - Includes a 14 & under 1-mile fun run) in memory of 16-year-old Baron “Deuce” P. Braswell II, a Courtland High junior and victim of teen violence. Courtland High School, 6701 Smith Station Road, Spotsylvania. Call 540.834.2440. Register at

Grapes in the Garden
Sunday, September 21, 2 – 5 p.m. - Annual event to benefits Mary Washington Hospice features food, wine, and beer tastings, live music, and silent and live auctions. Snowden House on the MWH campus 2600 Mary Washington Blvd., Fredericksburg.

Your Yoga-thon
Saturday, September 27th, Hurkamp Park - classes such as Early Workout (Ashtanga), Hips & Shoulders, Relax & Stretch (Restorative), Desk Rx, Healthy Backs, Beginners Q&A, Injury Recovery, Heat Relief (Yin), Strength & Balance, Healthy Heart and Meditation. Additional information can also be obtained by calling 540 760-8193.

Sibling Class
Saturday September 27, 9 a.m. - Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. For children ages 2 through 9. Through a variety of activities, including a big brother/big sister craft to take home, your child will learn about the changes a new baby can bring into the home in one 1-hour session. Please be sure that your child is in good health and has had the proper immunizations. There is no fee to attend, but registration is necessary. Please register under your child’s name.

Heart Caring For Your Life
Saturday, September 27, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. - FREE SCREENING for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) & Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA). At Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg, 1201 Sam Perry Blvd, Suite 102, Fredericksburg. Pre-registration & pre-screening is required. Call 540-741-1404 option 1.

Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office Deputy Dean Ridings Memorial 5k Walk/Run (DRM5K)
Saturday, October 11, 8:30 AM. - Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office. Bring canned and boxed food items for food bank donations. Questions? Contact Shaun Jones at - 540.507.7107 or Anita Dean - 804.726.3023

Free Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic
Saturday October 11, 9 a.m. - Noon. It’s just one more way Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is keeping you healthy for life. Free flu shot! Must be 18 years or older to participate. For details call 888-685-1610 or visit

Spirit Girls Night Out 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 5:30 – 9 p.m. - This perennially popular, fun, and empowering event sponsored by Mary Washington Healthcare celebrates good health. Along with our Little Black Dress theme, enjoy live jazz with the Abbe Buck Trio and hear from a keynote speaker who embodies class, sophistication and triumph, breast cancer survivor Sheri Y. Prentiss, MD. Riverside Dinner Theatre 95 Riverside Pkwy.

Germanna Volkssport Association Oktoberfest Walk
Saturday, September 27, 1 p.m. - 5k and 10k walks go through government Island and part of the Aquia Harbour Oktoberfest Celebration.

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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