Health, Mind & Body
Medical science tells us that some diseases, conditions, and problems can be prevented or reduced with a healthy diet. Lindsay Pugliese, MS, RD, LDN, the in-store Nutritionist at the Harrison Crossing Giant, will help you stay healthy this winter by giving two informative and engaging classes on good eating.
First up is Healthy Super Bowl Eats on Saturday, January 27, 2:00-3:00, at Porter Branch. Watching the Super Bowl can sometimes lead to mindless munching of excess calories. Lindsay will share tips on keeping the classic snacks savory, light, delicious, and worth cheering for. You’ll have plenty of time to make these yummy, healthy snacks before the Super Bowl kickoff on February 4!
Lindsay will visit Salem Church Branch next on Saturday, February 10, 2:00-3:00, for Love Your Heart. She’s going for the Valentine’s Day tie-in here, but she’ll be giving you options beyond that traditional box of candy! Healthy food choices and an active lifestyle can have a big impact on your heart’s health. This presentation will teach you a few steps to put you on your way to a healthier heart.
You can grow edible, delicious, vibrantly beautiful, and nutritious microgreens all year round indoors. Add color, texture, and flavor to salads, sandwiches, tacos, and other recipes.
Big on nutrition and flavor, microgreens can be grown easily in a small space at home. All you need is a little sun or a grow light, a shallow container, a little potting soil, and the right seeds. The library has plenty of resources to get you started, including a Grow a Microgreen Garden class in Howell Branch's MakerLab on Saturday, January 13, 1:00-2:00.
A quack is defined by Google.com as "a person who dishonestly claims to have special knowledge and skill in some field, typically in medicine." There are other words relating to a quack, such as humbug, charlatan, con artist, and swindler. Overall, anything recommended by a quack will not be useful. In fact, it may be quite dangerous. It may just take your life.
Most of the time, quacks lured in their victims by promising medical miracles. The cures themselves are so dubious that only the desperate would try them. However, the authors of Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything suggest that quackery is not just about pure deception but, in fact, includes situations when people believe that what they're selling may actually be working. Some examples of common practices include the citizens of the Ottoman Empire eating clay to keep the plague away and the Victorians using mercury steam rooms to cure syphilis.
What are you doing reading this article? Go take a hike! No, seriously. Take a Hike Day is on November 17, so you should go take a hike. Not only is Virginia filled with a variety of trails for all levels of hikers and all interests, but local trails are plentiful, too.
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones, is a book about the rise in opiate addiction in America. Centers for Disease Control states that “91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.” Also, by 2008, drug overdoses surpassed car deaths as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
Many folks are struggling with opiate addiction, even in the Fredericksburg area. The Free Lance Star published an article on April 27, 2017, entitled “Officials Take Action to Combat Spike in Opioid Deaths.” Dreamland is a book that sheds light on the opiate addiction throughout America.
Solve for Happy, by Mo Gawdat, explores the quest for happiness. As the Chief Business Officer at Google [X], Gawdat brings a unique perspective to finding contentment, and he uses his engineering background to create an algorithm for happiness by means of scientific research and logic.
Known by some in my community as "Doctor Yum," I am a pediatrician and founder of The Doctor Yum Project, a nonprofit organization in Spotsylvania. We try to help families understand the connection between good food and good health with cooking instruction and nutrition education.
Rolling down the highways, watching the usually dull scenery go by, you might never guess that there are interesting places to explore not that far from the interstate. For some people, being a hiker means doing the Appalachian Trail, preferably all the way through. But there are a lot of other trails, many just as scenic, within an hour or two or a day’s drive of our area.
The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a support group, led by an Alzheimer's Association-trained leader for caregivers on the fourth Mondays at England Run Branch. The support group is a safe place to learn, receive helpful tips, connect with resources, and meet others impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The group meets from 10:00-11:30.
Tips for Caregivers from the Alzheimer’s Association:
On June 10, 2017, 10th Annual GO Day, or National Get Outdoors Day, will be celebrated around the nation within national parks, large cities, and small towns. Hiking is a popular activity many share during GO Day. In the book Families on Foot: Urban Hikes to Backyard Treks and National Park Adventures, experienced hikers Jennifer and Brew Davis inspire families of all shapes and sizes to get outdoors and start adventuring.