• 19 DEC 16

    Join a GIFT class

    Looking for a GIFT class in Spanish? Click here!

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  • Healthy Holiday Hummus

    Try this delicious take on a healthy favorite!

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    • 05 DEC 18

    Stress and Overeating Go Hand and Hand with the Holidays

    What can you do to manage your stress and get through the holidays without gaining those extra unwanted pounds?

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    • 20 NOV 18

    Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

    Here are a few recipes that can warm you up on a cool fall evening!

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    • 19 NOV 18

    Maintain, Don’t Gain This Holiday Season

    Maintaining good health doesn’t have to mean sacrificing all of the family dinners, office potlucks, and holiday treats we love…

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    • 16 NOV 18

    All About Pumpkin

    In addition to tasting great, pumpkin has many surprising health benefits as well!

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    • 20 OCT 18

    A Fall Favorite Without the Guilt

    Enjoy a warming pumpkin spice latte with the benefit of low fat, less sugar, and fewer calories!

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    • 05 OCT 18

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, take a moment this month to increase your awareness.

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    • 12 SEP 18

    Putting a “Fruitful” Spin on an Old Favorite

    In many workplaces, healthy food options are typically lacking. So, finding ways to increase your fruit intake may require a little creativity…

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    • 20 AUG 18

    Benefits of Strength Training

    Strength training is an important part of an overall fitness program. Check out this article to learn how you can get started!

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    • 07 AUG 18

    Try the Pinto to Pack More Folic Acid into Your Day

    Pinto beans pack a healthy dose of Folate (Folic Acid), vitamin B9. Try this delicious recipe featuring pinto beans to add more folic acid into your day!

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    • 17 JUL 18

    Summer Food Favorites!

    Summer is the grilling time of the year. Check out this recipe for some grilling inspiration! 

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    • 03 JUL 18

    Summer Food Safety

    Be sure to follow these 4 easy steps to food safety to ensure that your summer festivities go off without a hitch!

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    • 20 JUN 18

    Healthy Eating in the Workplace

    We all like to indulge in workplace luncheons to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and team accomplishments. But a recent study suggests that you might want to think twice about your food choices…

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    • 03 JAN 18

    Zucchini Ravioli

    Try this delicious recipe today!

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    • 03 JAN 18

    Veggie Creativity

    Carrots, broccoli, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, mushrooms… the list goes on and on.

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    • 12 DEC 17

    Mindful Eating

    We all have holiday memories that are near and dear to our hearts…

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    • 12 DEC 17

    Most Important Meal of the Day

    It is important to make breakfast a priority…

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    • 16 NOV 17

    Eat This, Not That

    There are several things an individual can do to reduce his/her risk for diabetes.

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    • 16 NOV 17

    Lemon Turkey-Corn Soup

    This recipe will make great use of all that leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!

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    • 16 OCT 17

    Oodles of Noodles

    Most of us have heard of the numerous health benefits of eating your vegetables. In addition to their abundant fiber content…

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    • 24 JUL 17

    Sesame and Kale Tofu

    Calcium plays an important role in your bone health and many people think that dairy products are the only way to get calcium in your diet.

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    • 28 JUN 17

    Beginner’s Guide to Running

    Did you know that running is a great way to get in shape? It’s easy and requires minimal equipment. But before you get started, check out these helpful tips…

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    • 06 JUN 17

    Cauliflower No-Crust Quiche Recipe

    The typical saying is that the greener the vegetable the more nutritious it is, however, there are certain exceptions to this rule. Cauliflower is white but has the nutrients of the greenest

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    • 15 MAY 17

    Stay Active While Avoiding the Summer Heat

    One of the biggest barriers to physical activity and exercise are the outside weather conditions.

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    • 08 MAY 17

    Blueberry Goodness

    Blueberries are now in season here in Central Florida. You can pick them…

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    • 07 FEB 17

    Hum Hum Hummus

    Hummus is great to use as a dip when snacking on healthy foods such as raw vegetables! This recipe is a different take

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    • 07 FEB 17

    How Binge Watching Television Affects Our Eating Habits

    Do you ever find yourself watching one episode of a new television show and then 3 hours later wonder what happened when you’re still sitting in the exact same spot?

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    • 25 JAN 17

    Food Safety Resolution

    The new year is start of good health and new changes. Many people make their resolutions on health goals relating to fitness, instead we can think about our goals as food safety.

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    • 21 DEC 16

    Food for Thought

    A wise physician once said that anything that can go between two pieces of bread can also go into a bowl.  Sandwiches are great, however, people tend to pile on the condiments and eat a ton of bread (which usually isn’t a whole grain).  This is not to say that bread and carbohydrates are bad,

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    • 23 NOV 16

    Thanksgiving – Tips and Traditions

    Have you ever noticed that everyone has the “perfect” way to make Thanksgiving turkey? Some people use an oven bag and baste the turkey, others cover the bird in cheese cloth, some people grill their turkeys, others may use tin foil to lock in the juices, but have you ever heard…

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    • 17 NOV 16

    Holiday Parties and Get-togethers

    It’s that time of year again– time for family and friends, get-togethers, and treating ourselves to foods we look forward to this time of year! Here are a few tips to have a great holiday season…

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    • 12 OCT 16

    10 Tips for a healthy Fall

    Seeya, summer.
    Welcome back, short days, crisp air and colorful leaves. Think of the new season as a fresh start to your healthy habits. Here’s how to enjoy your healthiest autumn yet.

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    • 16 SEP 16

    5 Tips to Kick Bad Eating Habits to the Curb

    Are you guilty of skipping breakfast, ordering takeout, getting jitters from coffee overload and counting potato chips as part of a viable diet plan? It’s time to kick those habits to the curb and start eating right.

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    • 17 AUG 16

    Quick, Fresh, and Tasty Recipes for the Busy Floridian

    August is here which means it is time to get back into the daily hustle and bustle of our lives. For some of us, this could also mean less time for us to be able to make healthy choices like preparing healthy meals. If you find yourself in this situation…

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    • 23 OCT 15

    Kitchen Counter Making You Fat?

      Could your kitchen counter be making you fat?  Sticking to a healthy diet is often easier said than done. Now a new study suggests that the foods sitting out on your kitchen counter could be making the task even harder. Sticking to a healthy diet is often easier said than done. Now a new study suggests that

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    • 22 OCT 15

    GIFT Site Changes!

    Major changes in the way you can access helpful and science-based information to help you reach your healthiest weight and be more fit are here! No more sign ups, no more logging in. There are more changes coming, but for now, just click on GIFT Lessons and you can access them faster.  *** Tracking weight, food intake, and physical activity is

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    • 22 OCT 15

    Tips for Healthful Holidays

    On average, an individual will gain an extra 2 lbs. during the holiday season. These tips can help you have a healthful holiday season. Don’t Gobble ‘til you Wobble…do the “Turkey Trot” Often times around the holidays we build our social events around eating. We sit and take in more food in one meal than we normally would. For

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    • 04 JUN 15

    Increasing Fiber to Lower Diabetes Risk

    Speaking of FIBER – scientific research supports that high-fiber diets helps protect us against type 2 diabetes.  Cereal (grain) fiber and fiber from vegetables were particularly noted as helping to lower the diabetes risk.  Getting to your healthiest weight and maintaining it, along with lots of fiber, supports our best actions for lower risk!

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    • 04 JUN 15

    High-Fiber Foods Help You Slim Down

    Up your fiber and slimming down may be easier! Add chopped onions to spice up your eggs. Try oat bran in stead of oatmeal – it has 2 grams more of fiber. Add ground flax seed to soups and salads. Use almond butter. Toss chickpeas into soups, salads, and veggie dishes. Swap regular spuds for

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    • 03 MAR 15

    GIFT Website Maintenance

    Materials Update Complete!  Find the information you want and need without reviewing “lessons” in sequence!

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    • 16 JAN 15

    Work Your Workout into Your Lunch Break

    Okay, I know we’re all busy. Many of us just can’t seem to find the time before or after work to fit in the physical activity time we need. So what can we do?!! Well, I found a great list of ideas for those of us that have a lunch break and want to stay

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    • 05 JAN 15

    Happy New Year!

    Congratulations, you have survived the holidays with all of their parties, vacations, and family time. And now you are geared up to tackle this year’s resolutions! However, allow me to share a little wisdom with you – take it slow. If you are like the majority of us, you have been in holiday mode since

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    • 30 DEC 14

    reSolutions

    It is almost the new year and many of us are starting to feel the pressure of listing their resolutions for making change. Yet in the back of our minds we see year after year of good intentions not quite make it to reality. In fact, it is estimated the only around 40% of us

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    • 16 DEC 14

    Should You “Diet”?

    As we get closer and closer to the New Year many of us are starting to consider our New Year’s Resolutions. Undoubtedly, many of us will choose a weight related resolution. However, have you ever stopped to think that maybe as we continue to set the same resolutions year after year that our ideas about

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    • 16 DEC 14

    Reviewing Portions

    We are all aware that the holiday season means somewhere, at some time there will be plenty of food that we are going to eat. Some of us will fully enjoy every bite, only to feel guilty that we did later. Others will avoid it all like the plague, to later feel denied and missing

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    • 10 DEC 14

    Avoiding STRESS Eating

    Are you a stress eater?  Do you find yourself eating when you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, sad, lonely or any other not-so-good emotion? The temporarily distraction of food can take our mind off of these feelings, if only for a moment. However, stress eating can wreck your good intentions and lead to guilt or more even

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    • 24 NOV 14

    Being Active as a Family

    Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers; whether you like it or not, you are a role model for the younger generation. While it is important to assure your children have an education, it is also necessary to teach them healthy habits. As role models, everything we do is watched. Learning ways to eat healthier and be more

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    • 20 NOV 14

    Looking for a Leg Workout?

    As the holidays approach we may need a little more motivation to keep moving, not to mention a few more extra minutes in the day. Why not switch things up a little and enjoy an outdoor leg workout? Read the Article Here

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    • 28 OCT 14

    30-min Exercises Everyone Can Do

    Exercise helps you stay within a healthy weight range, supports brain function, promotes healthier sleep patterns, combats depression and anxiety, and decreases risk for disease. It also boosts overall energy levels leading to increased productivity, which means you actually get more done when you make time to exercise. This is a bonus during the holiday

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    • 23 OCT 14

    Rebuilding Your Relationship with Food

    Food plays a very important role in our lives and our relationship with food can be, well complex. Food not only nourishes our bodies, it also at times elicits deep emotions - like guilt, shame or even love. Rebuilding a healthy balance between food and our emotions can seem overwhelming at times. But it doesn’t have to be, try following registered dietitian Katie Cavuto’s suggestions.

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    • 17 OCT 14

    Happy and Healthy Holidays – Part 1 Halloween

    The air is a little cooler and the candy isle is again filled with tons of spooky treats, which means it is almost Halloween! For many this is a season to look forward to. However, if you are trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, this time of year may be less than

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    • 09 OCT 14

    Dealing with Slips

    When it comes to making lifestyle changes, slipping – or not following your plans – is bound to happen. However, it is important to remember that slips are a normal part of making changes. Just like it is normal for a baby learning to walk to fall from time to time, anyone that sets out

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    • 03 OCT 14

    Pumpkin Custard With Pecans

    PREP TIME: 12 min TOTAL TIME: 4 hr 7 min SERVINGS: 12                   Ingredients: 2 eggs 2 egg whites 1 can (15 oz) plain pumpkin puree 1 can (12 oz) fat-free evaporated milk ¾ c packed brown sugar 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 tsp vanilla extract

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    • 03 OCT 14

    Curried Apple-Pumpkin Soup

    SERVINGS: 4 1 Granny smith apple, chopped 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 Tbsp curry powder 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated 2 tsp garlic, minced 2 c water 2 c pumpkin puree 1. COOK apple in butter in saucepan over medium heat until golden. Add onion, curry powder, ginger, and garlic. Reduce heat to medium

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    • 03 OCT 14

    It’s Pumpkin Season

                        Fall is officially here; which for many means its pumpkin season. From a nutrition stand point, pumpkin is a powerhouse of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins.  From the taste side, can I get a “yum!” Especially since most food items that have had a

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    • 24 SEP 14

    Your way to fit

    If you are on a journey to lose weight, you probably realize that you need to be more active. Maybe you had a routine, but it got old or it no longer fits into your schedule. Or maybe you just like to switch it up a bit – we do after all have more than

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    • 17 SEP 14

    If You Lose or Gain Weight Depends on Weekdays

    If you are trying to lose weight, you have probably noticed that your weight seems to fluctuate over time. Well there were apparently others that also noticed this; because the researchers from Cornell University looked into the impact a human week cycle has on weight. Find out if you’re a weight loser, weight gainer or

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    • 11 SEP 14

    Orange Glazed Florida Grouper

    Looking for a great way to make the summer last just a little bit longer? This orange glazed grouper is a perfect blend of sweet and savory. Serve with wild rice and your favorite green vegetable for a complete meal. Enjoy! Yield: 2 servings (approximately 4 1/2 ounces cooked) Ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoon orange marmalade 1 tablespoon orange

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    • 04 SEP 14

    How to Burn Out

    This article’s title made me laugh. Do we really need a guide on how to wear out our initial desire and motivation to be physically active? No, not really. However, this article written by Registered Sports Dietitian and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Justin Robinson, gives you easy steps to avoid the most common pitfalls. Wing

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    • 28 AUG 14

    Stay on Track This Labor Day

    Labor Day weekend the unofficial end of summer and an extra day to celebrate. Many of us want to enjoy this time, but celebrations like this often come with tons of unhealthy food and lots of drinks. But you don’t have to let a holiday weekend throw you off track! Yes, this weekend many of

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    • 20 AUG 14

    Exercise and Avoiding Injury

    Let’s face it being physically active comes with the possibility of injury.  But this shouldn’t stop you from being active as the risks associated with eliminating physical activity all together are much more sever.  While accidents happen, many injuries are preventable. So whether you are an exercise beginner or a confident fitness fanatic you need

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    • 14 AUG 14

    Rewind the Future

     Although to some this video may seem harsh, it does highlight how the habits we form can impact our future. Do you have some not so healthy habits? Most of us do, but realizing and admitting it to ourselves is the first step to change. And when you’re ready to take the challenge to a

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    • 04 AUG 14

    Stop Emotional Eating

    For many of us emotions – like boredom, sadness, loneliness or even happiness - play a large role in our food cravings and habits. In fact, as much as 75% of overeating may be attributed to our emotions. Taking a moment to pause and consider what’s really behind your desire for comfort foods and empty calories could be a good way

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    • 01 AUG 14

    Cool as a Cucumber Soup

    When it’s hot, chilled soups are a great option for a healthy, refreshing lunch or as part of an easy dinner. Plus it’s a fantastic way to add a serving of vegetables or even fruit. Take full advantage of summer produce, herbs and flavors and try a batch of healthy cold soup. Need some more

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    • 23 JUL 14

    The Ultimate Playground Workout

    Its summer and school is out. It is great that the kids are home and of course you want to spend time with them, but what about your workout schedule? How do how you do both? A great idea is to get outside and hit the park for some playtime. Add in a little stretching

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    • 15 JUL 14

    13 Easy Ways to Lose a Pound a Week

    Making simple swaps or removing a few ingredients may help you lose up to one pound per week in a delicious, yet non-depriving way. Keep in mind that the basic premise is that 1 pound = 3,500 calories – this means on a daily basis you need to either burn an additional 500 calories through

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    • 09 JUL 14

    Diets are Out

    No, this doesn’t mean we no longer need to worry about our weight – rather that there is a new and better way to lose weight. It seems more and more people are realizing a lifestyle change is needed to reach our leaner, healthier, happier selves. This is great news because focusing on specific diet plans or the latest fad diet

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    • 02 JUL 14

    Basil Watermelon Salad with Feta and Red Onion

    This is the perfect summer salad! Go crazy and serve it over a bed of lettuce or even arugula to add a little bite. Serves: 4 Portion size: 1 cup Ingredients 4 cups watermelon, cut into 1-inch chunks 1/2 cup of fresh basil, roughly chopped 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled 1 small red onion, sliced

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    • 27 JUN 14

    There is no MAGIC BULLET: No Single Food Will Ensure Health or Weight Loss

    Nutrition is defined as the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good Nutrition then is an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity (a cornerstone of health).            – The World Health Organization There are so many factors that go into our health and weight beyond just food.

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    • 20 JUN 14

    Move

    Our bodies were made to MOVE, in fact, we have approximately 206 bones and 640 muscles all perfectly designed to help us move. On top of that research has shown that frequent moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity plays a big role in prevention of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and obesity. The current recommendation

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    • 13 JUN 14

    Artificial Sweeteners – To use or Not to use?

    Recently I received a great question that many of you may also be questioning. So I figured why not share it with you! Question: Are sugar substitutes really ok to use to cut calories and sugar intake, and what about diet sodas are they ok? All of the information I’m hearing makes it sound as if they are almost

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    • 04 JUN 14

    Blueberry Garlic Sauce and Salmon

    Blueberry Garlic Sauce and Salmon This recipe is not only delicious but extremely nutritious AND easy! Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and vitamins C, E, riboflavin, niacin, and folate. What more could you want?! Serves: 4 Serving size: 4 ounce filet and 1/4 cup of sauce Ingredients: 4 4-ounce fresh or frozen skinless salmon

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    • 29 MAY 14

    Kick Start Your Workout

    Kick start your workout plan with this 12-week fitness program designed by ACE. It was put together to help you build total body strength, enhance your cardiovascular endurance, gain muscular definition, lose weight, improve your health and increase your energy. If your new to exercise and looking for a beginner-level program it offeres a step-by-step guide, or if you’re a more advanced

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    • 23 MAY 14

    Chicken and Sugar Snap Peas

    As the spring season starts to wind down and the Florida weather starts to warm up, it is the perfect time for one of my favorite vegetables sugar snap peas, with their sweet edible pods and peas. Raw or cooked they are a fantastic addition to so many things from snacks, salads and soups to

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    • 16 MAY 14

    Have you hit a weight loss plateau?

    It can happen. So you’ve made some great lifestyle changes and you have been making good progress. Hooray! Then suddenly, even though you are still making healthy food choices and being active, your weight loss slows to a crawl or maybe stops altogether.  You’ve reached a plateau, but with a few simple changes you can

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    • 07 MAY 14

    Gingered Blueberry-Melon Toss

    Enjoy this refreshing fruit salad, just in time for warmer weather! Gingered Blueberry-Melon Toss 4 servings 1/2 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger grated (or 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger) 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries 1 cup diced honeydew melon 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain

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    • 06 MAY 14

    The GIFT Box Newsletter – Spring 2014

    Hot off the presses, the second issue of The GIFT Box Newsletter. Get your copy now:  The GIFT Box Newsletter - Spring 2014  

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    • 30 APR 14

    MOVING for Success

    Earlier this month I posted about Tipping the Scales, in the right direction. In the post, I discussed the weight equation and where to start to if you are looking to lose weight. I highlighted physical activity and how much is recommended – there were even a few suggestions. Unless you have been stuck in

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    • 23 APR 14

    Tahini Broccoli Salad with Cashews

     You want to incorporate more vegetables into your day, but … Well, it is time to stop the excuses and start finding solutions. When you think vegetable, the thought doesn’t always have to be the same thing you had every night growing up; it also doesn’t have to mean the special vegetable casserole your great aunt used to bring to holiday

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    • 15 APR 14

    Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Walnuts

    Brussels sprouts have somehow gotten a bad reputation. If you, like so many other people I know, hate dislike the Brussels sprout, it’s probably due to the fact that they were boiled, steamed, or otherwise prepared in a way that made them, well, just downright icky! Although I one of my favorite ways to cook

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    • 11 APR 14

    Tipping the Scale, in the right direction

    Many of us may know the basics of the weight equation – balance calories consumed and calories burned through being physically active in the direction we want our weight to go. Weight Loss = More Calories Burned than Consumed (or Less Calories Consumed than Burned) Weight Maintenance = Equal Calories Burned and Consumed Weight Gain

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    • 03 APR 14

    The Right Portion Size for the Right Body Size

    Does squeezing into your workout clothes feel like a workout in and of itself? Before give up all together or swear off eating everything but baby carrots, consider this: The culprit behind weight gain may not be what you’re eating, but how much. If, on a daily basis, you eat just 100 extra calories over

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    • 28 MAR 14

    What’s an empty calorie?

    Many of us have heard that weight loss and maintenance is about a balance between calories in (those we eat) and calories out (those we burn by being active). So when we hear the term empty calorie, we may wonder what exactly does that mean? Empty Calories are calories from solid fats and added sugars in

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    • 19 MAR 14

    Family Night Fish Tacos

    I am always looking for new ways to incorporate healthy and easy fish meals. Plus who doesn’t enjoy making a taco?! On a busy night this is the ultimate fast food dinner– because it’s fast and easy to make. Use whole grain tortillas for a well rounded meal!              

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    • 10 MAR 14

    Does Your Plate Need a Taste Lift?

    While social, emotional and health factors play a role in the foods people choose to eat, the foods we most commonly eat are often those we enjoy the most. As we celebrate National Nutrition Month 2014® along with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, we encourage you to make taste a priority when preparing nutritious

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    • 07 MAR 14

    Sugar Guidelines?

    On March 5, 2014 the World Health Organization released their proposed guidelines for sugar consumption. Their reasoning behind the recommendations is to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay). The new draft guideline proposes that sugars should be less than 10% of total energy intake per day.

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    • 26 FEB 14
    Healthiest Weight Florida

    Healthiest Weight Florida

    Have you heard about the Florida Department of Health’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative? This initiative is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make choices about healthy eating and active living. It was launched in January 2013, with the purpose to help the Department

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    • 21 FEB 14

    Finding Balance

    We all know we need to take care of ourselves, but for some strange reason we often don’t take the time to make our health a priority. Whether there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day or you feel fine so why worry – health is something many of us don’t think about

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    • 14 FEB 14
    Happy Valentine’s Day

    Happy Valentine’s Day

    It’s Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself or someone you love the gift of health. The best part about a gift like this is that keeps giving all year long! However you choose to celebrate this special day, consider adding some of these healthy ideas.

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    • 11 FEB 14
    Hearty Spinach and Bean Soup

    Hearty Spinach and Bean Soup

    Looking for an easy mid-week meal option? Try this quick and easy hearty soup. Fresh spinach, low in calories and high in phytonutrients, protein-packed beans and dashes of cinnamon and cumin make this soup super delish! Add depth with fire-roasted tomatoes, smoked paprika or roasted garlic. Complete your meal with a hot, crusty whole grain roll.

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    • 06 FEB 14
    What’s Your Breakfast?

    What’s Your Breakfast?

    Do you start your day with breakfast? People who skip breakfast often weigh more. Eating a nutrient-dense breakfast may help you lose weight and keep it off.  From my childhood I remember my grandmother saying in her most disapproving voice, “you don’t eat breakfast? It’s the most important meal of the day, you have to eat breakfast.”  However, for many

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    • 31 JAN 14

    How Are Your Resolutions Going?

    As we wrap up the first month of the year, now is a good time to reflect on your New Year’s Resolutions to get healthier. Hopefully, no one has given up yet because we just got started! So, how are you doing? Has it been smooth sailing or are you struggling to stick with it?

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    • 31 JAN 14
    Updated Nutrition Labels Coming Soon?

    Updated Nutrition Labels Coming Soon?

    It seems the FDA is finally planning to update the 20-year-old nutrition labels. There are no details on how they will be updated, but hopefully the changes will make it easier for us to know what we are eating. If you would like to know more you can read an article by Diets in Review or the official FDA

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    • 24 JAN 14

    It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle

    Unfortunately, weight loss takes more than just desire. It takes commitment and a good plan. However, shedding those extra pounds does not have to be overwhelming. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created a step-by-step guide to get you started. Step 1 – Make a commitment If you are reading this you most

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    • 17 JAN 14

    Reversing Preschool Obesity and Encouraging Health for Life

    There has been an increase in childhood obesity in the United States. In fact, 10% of preschool children (2-5 years) are overweight and more than 15% of children and adolescents ages 6-19 are overweight. Due to the adverse health costs of childhood obesity, the risk for overweight children to become obese adults and the lifelong

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    • 06 JAN 14

    Love What You Eat

    I think it is fair to say most of us want to LOVE the food we eat, which is why I felt sharing this article by Michelle May, MD for the Obesity Action Coalition could be helpful for a few of us. Love What You Eat: How Mindful Eating Helps Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle Most of

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    • 02 JAN 14

    The GIFT Box Newsletter – Winter 2014

    Hot off the presses, the first issue of The GIFT Box Newsletter. Get your copy now:  The GIFT Box Newsletter – Winter 2014

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    • 26 DEC 13

    Ready to Tone Your Core?

    After a few months of the Holiday season bringing us sweet treats, big meals, added stress and limited time devoted to being active – maybe it’s time for a new work out to get us back on track? Try this core work-out from Jennifer Cohen with Health.com: 1.Reverse Lunge With Front Kick on Step Start

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    • 09 DEC 13

    For Your Health’s Sake

    Still looking for little more motivation to keep your exercise routine a priority over the holiday season? “You will find plenty of time to be sick if you cannot find time to stay healthy.”        – Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark This just in: Expert says, exercising during holidays has many benefits. Read the whole article now.

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    • 27 NOV 13

    ‘Tis the Season

    The holidays often add challenges to our best efforts. As hard as we have worked throughout the rest of the year to keep on track, we are now faced with travel, parties, big meals, special snacks at work and drinking. All of which tend to create an environment that simply does not support our healthy

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    • 18 OCT 13

    7 Bad Workout Habits You Should Drop

    When we go out of our way to fit exercise into our busy schedules, we would like to see and feel results. However, sometimes we pick up little bad habits that may be getting in the way.  Check out these 7 bad habits that you may need to drop.

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    • 18 OCT 13
    Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots in Mustard Sauce

    Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots in Mustard Sauce

    These veggies are sweet, savory and crunchy, just perfect for the Fall season! Get recipe

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    • 19 SEP 13

    You vs. Cravings

    You win if you get enough sleep, and don’t get too stressed, bored or hungry. read more Have you struggled with food cravings? Do you have tips to share? 

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    • 01 SEP 13

    If your team loses, don’t let your health lose too!

    It is always disappointing when your favorite sports team loses a game. But according to researchers, sports fans of losing teams can become so miserable that they reach for junk food. Find out more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265145.php

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    • 28 AUG 13

    Fighting Afternoon Fatigue?

    Middle of the day for exercise … better energy boost than the candy bar from the snack machine. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323608504579024773708604060.html  

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    • 28 AUG 13

    Penne with Herbs, Tomatoes and Peas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Use up some of those summer vegetables, and use whole wheat pasta too. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/penne-herbs-tomatoes-peas-50400000128125/

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    • 27 AUG 13

    How the package you eat something out of impacts what and how much you eat!

    Consumers shift away from healthy products in transparent packages Transparent packaging for food is reportedly more attractive to consumers than opaque food containers, but consumers tend to shift away from healthy products in open-window packages. http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Packaging/Consumers-shift-away-from-healthy-products-in-transparent-packages

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    • 29 JUL 13

    Success Maintained

    There is nothing like before and after pictures to help get us and keep us motivated. 

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    • 05 JUL 13
    Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa & Mango Medley

    Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa & Mango Medley

    Can you correctly pronounce “quinoa”? Try this recipe with Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) – a higher protein whole-grain that tastes great!

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    • 05 JUL 13

    Sugar vs. High Fructose Corn Syrup

    What are the differences? Is what you’ve heard really true?

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    • 05 JUL 13
    Fiber- It’s Not Just for Your Grandmother!

    Fiber- It’s Not Just for Your Grandmother!

    Fiber isn’t just one thing. There are multiple kinds – each with its own benefits. Get the the run-down on fiber and why you need it.

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    • 05 JUL 13

    Dieter’s Beware- 7 Diets to Avoid!

    Check out these not-so-good weight loss “diets” reviewed by a Registered Dietitian.

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    • 05 JUL 13

    Obesity as a Disease, and What it Can Lead to…

    Obesity as a disease, and what it can lead to…Recently classified as a disease, obesity is more than just extra weight – it’s more, much more.

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    • 03 JUL 13
    Ana’s Testimonial

    Ana’s Testimonial

    For my 45th birthday, my son wanted to buy me a dress. We went shopping and I loved the clothes and style in every store we entered, but they did not have plus sizes or the style did not fit me or look good and it was depressing. When we finally found a dress my

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