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Healthy Lunch & Dinner Ideas

Carrot-oatmeal cookies
This recipe adapted by dietitian Jennifer Motl from "Roots: The Underground Cookbook" makes for a hearty and satisfying cookie that tastes like carrot cake.

Local and National Health Headlines

If you're not already properly cleaning your cutting boards after preparing poultry, this Reuters Health article will probably encourage you to do so.

About 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed in outpatient settings like doctors' offices, a study found. Read more in this Reuters article.

Some encouraging news
While diabetes is on the rise, heart attacks, strokes and other problems linked to the disease are dropping, according to a recent study. Read more in this Associated Press article.

Motivational Words

Find yourself
"Figuring out who you are is the whole point of the human experience." --Anna Quindlen

What's Happening

Kick the habit
April 21: Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center offers an eight-week smoking cessation class on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Cost is donation of any amount to American Lung Association or American Cancer Society. Click the headline to sign up.

Celebrate healthy 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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