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At HealthStart, we talk a lot about nutrition and exercise, but it is important to keep minds healthy, in addition to our bodies.

A two-for-one tip is stretching throughout the day, giving yourself a minute to de-stress while also promoting blood flow throughout your body.
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These are stretches that can easily be done at your desk or with the little ones.  You can set an alarm on your phone or write it on a sticky note so you don’t forget.  It’s a quick thing that can make a big difference in reducing tension and over time, increasing flexibility as well.

Remember to be careful when stretching.  It’s important to not strain yourself and over-extend any muscles.  With any stretch, start slow and remember to breathe.

For more information on sample stretches and the benefits of stretching…

http://www.arundelpt.com/blog-arundel-physical-therapy/bid/55302/The-Benefits-of-Stretching-to-Improve-Wellness

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A great way to save money and eat healthy is to choose produce that’s in season.  Local foods that are in season are often cheaper because of their relative abundance and reduced transport costs.  I love cantaloupe, but it would be expensive to eat all year long.  Furthermore, off-season produce is often of poorer quality, despite the higher prices.  It only makes sense to change with the seasons.

While we may enjoy blueberries and peaches in the summer, the fall is great for pumpkins and beets.  With the changing of the seasons come opportunity for a more varied diet.  Check out a local farmer’s market with friends or family and make a point to try something new.  New could be something as small as adding apples to your salad instead of sugar snap peas or trying a whole new recipe revolving around the produce of the season.

Share your experiences with us here or on Facebook; we’d love to hear your stories!

To see what produce is in season for your neck of the woods, check out

http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?id=seasonalfoodguides

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Teachers teaching HealthStart’s Health Education for Youngsters! (HEY!) curriculum interviewed each other about HEY! In their own words the teachers explain what they liked best, what their kids, and what they learned.

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Greetings from HealthStart!

I’d like to talk today about a common misconception that healthy, nutrient-rich food is more expensive than the foods that are not so good for us.  This might be true if you’re thinking price per calorie — a McDouble from the Dollar menu has more than enough calories for a person.

However, if you look at price per weight or even price per food, healthy food can be quite frugal.  A lot of people agree that they can go through an entire box of cookies or a few bars of candy and not feel completely full.  A bowl of oatmeal and a banana costs less than a dozen cookies or a few candy bars and will leave you more satisfied and for a longer period of time because they are so fiber-rich.  Empty calories can end up costing more since they don’t leave you as satiated, causing you to eat more anyway.

In the long-run this habit of choosing low-price, high-calorie, high-sugar, high-sodium food can lead to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc., and the healthcare costs of that are enough to offset those of the “more expensive,” healthier options.

So, what are some great, cost-efficient, healthy food options?  Here are just a few.

Frozen fruits and vegetables (canned may seem like more for your buck, but after draining fluids, don’t have quite as much as their frozen counterparts)

  • Canned or dried beans
  • Greens (lettuce, spinach, etc.)
  • Canned tuna
  • Eggs
  • Bananas
  • Onions
  • Potatoes (just stay away from the deep-fryer!)
  • Oats (or even oatmeal)

What are some of your favorite, frugal healthy foods?  Comment and let us know!  Recipe are always welcome as well.  We’ll be sharing some of our favorites soon!

Supplemental reading:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/05/16/152823181/how-to-make-healthy-eating-easier-on-the-wallet-change-the-calculation?ft=1&f=1053&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

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