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Why Our Healthy Eating Specialist Believes in Moderation

Posted on 11/6/15 10:18 AM by Beth Roessner
Contrary to what most of my coworkers may believe, I do not only eat kale. I spend most of my days dreaming about dinner, and vacations for me are planned around bakeries and sandwich shops. I believe in eating, and I mean eating, but thanks to an idea from my mother, I always enjoy within moderation. If you're active and you're doing most of your cooking at home, you should eat in moderation and also treat yourself in moderation.
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How to Make Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

Posted on 11/6/15 10:08 AM by Beth Roessner
It’s about that time of year when we’re all looking for that heart-warming comfort food, right? Maybe some good ol’ mac and cheese or those creamy, irresistible mashed potatoes. So how can you enjoy your favorite fall foods without feelings of guilt? Actually, it’s incredibly manageable, and the even better news is that you won’t even have to sacrifice taste. It’s about making smart substitutions and portion control.
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How to Create a Nutritious Lunch

Posted on 11/2/15 9:24 AM by Beth Roessner
Salads are so 1999. Now, we love lunch bowls. This revamped-salad bowl lends itself to endless opportunities for variety. Plus, it's loaded with healthy proteins and fats, nutrient-dense greens, and textures to keep your mouth happy.
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What Are Your Health Goals?

Posted on 11/2/15 9:24 AM by Beth Roessner
What is your vision of yourself in five, 10 or 20 years? Specifically, what is your vision of where you want to be with your health at those times? What are your goals and main priorities? What do you really want? To have enough energy for all of the activities you enjoy? To avoid chronic disease? To always have the perfect beach body? As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I work with people every day who want to be healthy. You surely do, too. What does that really mean, though? What is your vision of health? Do you know what you are searching for? I encourage you to spend the time to really consider what you want. Then work for that goal with all of your heart. Build a passion for it. Just make sure that you always keep your end vision in mind.
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How Savoring Food Can Make You Healthier

Posted on 10/27/15 9:52 AM by Beth Roessner
Food is meant to be enjoyed, and this mentality may pave the way for a healthier way of living. The more you savor your food and have what you really want in the amounts that actually make you feel good, the healthier and happier you will be. That means enjoying that bowl of ice cream when you want it.
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Healthy Recipe: Sweet Potato & Banana Pancakes

Posted on 10/27/15 9:52 AM by Beth Roessner
All too often, I wake up hungry and craving sugar and want nothing more than a hot stack of pancakes dripping maple syrup down the sides. But we all know this isn’t the healthiest of options to start the day. But don’t toss the pancake idea just yet. There are certainly ways to make your favorite comfort foods healthier.
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How to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Posted on 10/5/15 11:48 AM by Beth Roessner
When I was home at my parent’s house over Labor Day weekend, I noticed that I ate fruits and veggies non-stop. I was surprised, actually, when I noticed this, because, “Hey? Haven’t I always been eating a lot of fruits and veggies?” The difference, this time, was how much I enjoyed what I was eating, and how much I craved more. The secret, I figured out, was the never-ending bowl of fruits and veggies sitting on our kitchen table. Anytime I walked through the kitchen, well, it just made sense to grab another orange.
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Kindness Despite Adversity: Janet's Story

Posted on 3/13/15 12:52 PM by Jackie Dilworth
Wearing a black parka and black scarf around her head to keep warm on a cold February day--possibly the coldest of the year--Janet stands behind the front desk of the Silver Spring YMCA. Every time the double doors open, wind gusts fill the building. Members enter the warmth of the lobby, and, for a brief moment, the world of Janet. She's recovering from a stomach bug... Her voice rasps, but she remains cheerful. “Enjoy your workout,” she says, smiling to members as they pass. 
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Easy Crafts that Make for Great Holiday Memories

Posted on 12/9/14 8:12 AM by Shakarra McGuire
Contributed by YMCA Fairfax County Reston Coming up with things to do when the kids are out of school does not have to be stressful! Here are some quick crafts you can do with the kids that are easy, fun and make for great gifts.
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The Triangle Award Inspires Futures

Posted on 11/13/14 8:07 AM by Shakarra McGuire
I am Franck Simo, proud recipient of the Barbara Aaron Triangle Award in 2011. I am from the 2012 Senior Class of South Lakes High School and currently studying at Wheeling Jesuit University, located in Wheeling, WV. I moved to the US in 2008 from Cameroon (West Africa) to live with my mother and to most of all, cease the opportunity that this country has offered throughout its history to immigrants that want to better their lives. That opportunity for me has been to obtain a good education and to freely enjoy the fruit of my labor and as of today, I am still working towards that goal.
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