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Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

by Health & Wellness Team - April 26, 2016

Birds singing, flowers blooming, and lots of sunshine means spring is finally here! Spring is my absolute favorite time of year and with the days warming up and getting longer, I can’t wait to ditch the sofa and sweats and get outside. What better way to enjoy the changes happening around us than to immerse ourselves in them.

Tasty Tailgating

Tasty Tailgating

by Health & Wellness Team - September 08, 2015

Tailgating is synonymous with fans, fun and food—lots and lots of food. Much of the time, those tailgate feasts don’t feature the most healthful fare. But even in the midst of all the fun, good nutrition doesn’t have to go out the window.

Summer Safety

Summer Safety

by Health & Wellness Team - July 07, 2015

Oh, the joys of summer – pool parties, cookouts, lake days and vacations! As summer continues and we plan activities to enjoy the outdoors, we must keep sun safety in mind.

Real men go to the doctor

Real men go to the doctor

by Health & Wellness Team - June 19, 2015

Each June, Men’s Health Week begins on Father’s Day. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness and promote healthy living in men of all ages. Women might neglect their health because they are busy making sure everyone else in the household is healthy, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year.

No, I Won't Eat It!

No, I Won't Eat It!

by Health & Wellness Team - March 04, 2015

Do your picky eaters turn up their noses at everything from A (apricots) to Z (zucchini)? If so, here are some homespun strategies for transforming young fruit and veggie haters into more adventurous (and healthier) food lovers.

The Female Heart

The Female Heart

by Health & Wellness Team - February 18, 2015

If you’re a woman, perhaps one of the most important things you need to know about heart disease is this: You don’t need gray hair to get it—or die from it.

Choices on the Road

Choices on the Road

by Health & Wellness Team - July 17, 2014

Taking it easy is one of the best parts about a vacation. But while the rest and scenery may do you some good, the same can’t always be said of the food—especially when you’re driving to your destination. Think empty-calorie, gas station munchies.

Snacks for Dad

Snacks for Dad

by Health & Wellness Team - June 12, 2014

What dad doesn’t like a snack full of nuts and chocolate? Let’s find a way to combine some of dad’s favorite ingredients to create an energy-dense snack that is portable for all of our ‘on-the-go’ dads!

WOW May: Get Fit for Your Life!

WOW May: Get Fit for Your Life!

by Health & Wellness Team - May 19, 2014

We don’t have to train like an athlete to include physical activity in our daily routines. Whether it’s the Couch to 5K or an exercise routine before you get in the shower, we must find ways to move more throughout the day.

WOW March: Mindset Matters

WOW March: Mindset Matters

by Health & Wellness Team - March 03, 2014

Do you approach situations with a Debbie Downer or Sally Sunshine demeanor? Your mindset has a cause and effect hold on your perceptions and actions. Find out how you handle situations and learn some tips to turn your attitude around.

No Excuses. No Problem.

No Excuses. No Problem.

by Health & Wellness Team - January 03, 2014

Have you ever asked someone for something and they gave you an excuse that doesn’t really hold water?

Working in Health and Wellness, we often hear many excuses about why people cannot make healthy changes. The number one excuse seems to be: “I don’t have time!”

Keeping the Pounds Off on Vacation

Keeping the Pounds Off on Vacation

by Health & Wellness Team - December 03, 2013

It’s not unusual to decide you want to lose some weight before going on vacation. In fact, an impending vacation is one of the top reasons people give for starting diet and exercise regimens. Of course you want to look fantastic on your trip, but hopefully you want to look just as good on the way home.

Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

by Health & Wellness Team - November 26, 2013

This holiday season, let’s be thankful for good health and great food as we share healthy options with family and friends. Here is a version of sweet potatoes that has a lighter coating sauce that brings out the flavor of the sweet potatoes and saves a few calories.

Unfrosted Carrot Cake

Unfrosted Carrot Cake

by Health & Wellness Team - November 22, 2013

Carrot Cake is a classic dessert that echoes the scents and flavors of the holiday season, but just because it has carrots does not mean it is automatically a healthy choice. Here’s a recipe you can feel good about.

Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits

Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits

by Health & Wellness Team - November 13, 2013

It’s that time of year… Thanksgiving is around the corner. Holiday eats and treats can come with many tasty temptations. Be on the lookout for holiday recipes and tips that let you partake in the festivities without all the extra calories. Everyone needs a little spice during the holidays, so let’s start with some Pumpkin Spiced Biscuits.

Self exams are important, too

Self exams are important, too

by Health & Wellness Team - October 23, 2013

Every October, we remind women of the importance of receiving and scheduling a mammogram. We talk so much about the screenings, because they are extremely important in the detection and prevention of breast cancer.

Eating Triggers... How to Tame Temptations

Eating Triggers... How to Tame Temptations

by Health & Wellness Team - October 02, 2013

Every day you decide what to eat, but you might not understand why you eat.

For instance, do you eat only when you’re truly hungry or do you sometimes nosh because you’re bored or sad or because a tempting TV ad sent you to the fridge?

The answer to those questions can be important—especially if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.

A 5K a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away

A 5K a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away

by Health & Wellness Team - September 17, 2013

Medical Radiology Technologist at Shannon Medical Center, Luis Rodriguez, has worked hard to change his health habits over the past three years.

In 2010, Luis was chosen to participate in the Naturally Slim program due to his profile— waistline, high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

Are You Up to the Challenge?

Are You Up to the Challenge?

by Health & Wellness Team - September 05, 2013

The second annual Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge begins on September 1st and ends November 1st. This eight-week competition challenges cities, towns, and communities across the state to compete to see which can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living.

Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

by Health & Wellness Team - August 19, 2013

In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt and cream cheese (use a blender for smoother results). Stir in tomatoes, olives,oregano, parsley and pepper, to taste.Spread on whole grain crackers, use as a dip or spread on bread instead of mayo for a flavorfulsandwich or burger