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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Matthew's radish salad
Dietitian Jennifer Motl says her young son invented this colorful and heart-healthy treat.

Local and National Health Headlines

Batteries in baby video monitors recalled
Summer Infant is recalling about 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in baby video monitors because of a burn hazard.

FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes
While the proposal being issued won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.

Health Tips

14 Seriously Amazing Reasons to Snag a Good Night's Sleep
Chances are, someone in your life — a parent, a partner, a doctor — has told you to "get some sleep." From cutting your heart attack risk to improving your complexion to boosting your memory, here's why you should heed their advice tonight.

Parenting News & Wisdom

Why Are Docs Giving Kids Codeine?
Unfortunately, it appears that an appalling number of medical providers are practicing just this kind of bad medicine.

Motivational Words

Keep knocking
"Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there." --Rumi

What's Happening

Have fun with your kids
April 26: The Masaad branch of the Rappahannock Area YMCA, 212 Butler Rd. in Falmouth, will celebrate Healthy Kids Day with live fitness demos beginning at 10 a.m. to include family-friendly formats like Family Drum Fitness and Family Boot Camp. The event will also feature face painting and balloon animals, and the inflatable obstacle course will be up and running. A Bike/Trike-a-thon starts at 9:30 a.m. & a Skateboarding Skillz Clinic will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Toss medications safely
April 26: The local group Partners in Aging is sponsoring 'Operation Medicine Cabinet' from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. You can drop off expired or unwanted medications and sharps at one of seven locations throughout the area, including Stafford Hospital, Mary Washington Hospital and Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. Check out their flier for more info, or call HealthLink at Healthlink 540/741-1404 or 800/722-2788.

Buy some plants
April 26 through May 10: The annual plant sale to benefit individuals with an intellectual disability who attend Rappahannock Adult Activities runs Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. at 750 Kings Highway, just 3.9 miles past the Chatham Bridge. Click the headline to see what flowers, herbs and vegetables are available for purchase.

Run for the free clinic
April 27: The Moss Free Clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. at the clinic on Sam Perry Boulevard. Click the headline to learn more.

Get ink for a cause
April 27: Golden Monkey Tattoo, 1901 Dixon St. in Fredericksburg, is offering tattoos, piercings and artwork, starting at 10 a.m., to benefit the Matthews Center for Visual Learning. Call 540/656-2670 to learn more.

Walk for mental wellness
May 3: The Mental Health America of Fredericksburg Walk for Mental Wellness aims to raise awareness about local mental health support and promote wellness in our community. Click the headline to register or learn more. Registration is $25 before May 1, $30 thereafter.

Celebrate Mayfest
May 3: Rappahannock Area Community Services Board and Rappahannock Adult Activities invite you to join them at the 28th Annual Mayfest Celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 750 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg (approximately 3 miles East of the Chatham Bridge). The event will feature live entertainment, plant sales, raffle prizes, silent auction, barrel train, moon bounce, bake sale, food and support of adults with intellectual disabilities.

Raise MS awareness
May 3: The Fredericksburg Walk MS begins at 9 a.m. at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 300 Park Hill Dr. According to the MS Society, the 3-mile walk "connects people living with MS and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other - a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we've made and to show the power of our connections." Click the headline to learn more.

Support diabetes research
May 3: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation aims to raise $75,000 through the local 5K walk that begins at 10 a.m. at 6001 Loriella Park Dr. in Fredericksburg. Virtual walkers are also welcome. Click the headline to learn more.

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