Healthy Community MHC Blog http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org Healthy Community MHC Blog Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:42:21 +0000 HD CMS en daily 1 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/195 MHCCHW receives a $50,000 grant for Ladies First http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/195 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:00:00 -0500 Earlier this month, at the Circle of Hope Celebration held in Roanoke, Virginia, Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate presented a check to the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness for Ladies First: Community Breast Health Initiative. This money will be used to go towards impactful community outreach, education, increasing access to mammograms and other diagnostic tests for uninsured and underinsured women in our community. Ladies First is part of the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness and has a partnership with Memorial Hospital of MHC, Radiology Associates, and Caring Hearts Free Clinic. The program operates in 3 locations: Health Connect (Uptown Martinsville), Bassett Family Practice (for the health center's patients) and at the Caring Hearts Free Clinic of Patrick County (Stuart, VA). For the 2016 grant cycle, Ladies First served nearly 330 people.Pictured from Left: Heather Ferguson, Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Board President; Lacy Harris, Health Access Coordinator; Mandy Dugger, Senior Referral Coordinator; Suellyn Danter, Health Connect Director receiving the check on behalf of the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness (representing Ladies First: Community Breast Health Initiative); Denise Mignogna, volunteer and top fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/193 Project Connect - helping families connect to low-cost or free health care http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/193 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0500  Pictured: Travis Adkins, Community Storehouse Executive Director and Ann Walker, Project Connect/ FAMIS Outreach Advocate Project Connect helps connect families to low-cost or free health care for children under 19 years of age and pregnant women. Project Connect initiatives help families learn about the FAMIS programs, assist with the application process, answer questions and help keep them enrolled by assisting with renewal applications. "This project is supported by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in partnership with the Virginia Health Care Foundation."FAMIS (Family Access to Medical Insurance Security) is Virginia's health insurance program for children and pregnant women who meet certain income guidelines.In 2016, there were just over 835,000 kids enrolled in the FAMIS programs (FAMIS Plus or FAMIS), but sadly, roughly half of them did not see a dentist at all during the year. Many families are simply not aware of the services that are available or where they should go for services.In February, to honor Children's Dental Health Month, MHC Project Connect joined forces with The Community Storehouse, local dentists and regional managed care organizations (collaborate) to distribute over 1,000 packets containing dental products and information about "Smiles for Children," a program that provides coverage for diagnostic, preventive, restorative/surgical procedures, as well as orthodontia services for Medicaid, FAMIS and FAMIS Plus children.Project Connect outreach advocates are in some of the communities with the highest numbers of uninsured children in Virginia. Since 2008, the Project Connect/FAMIS outreach worker for the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness has been working to identify eligible uninsured and pregnant women in the community. Ann is available most weekdays at the Coalition's health center, Bassett Family Practice, to offer assistance with information and enrollment. To learn more about FAMIS, or to complete an application, contact Ann Walker, Project Connect/FAMIS Outreach Advocate at 276-732-0509. http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/192 Bassett Family Practice Celebrates National Health Center Week http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/192 Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:00:00 -0500 What: Bassett Family Practice Second Annual Open House Where: Bassett Family Practice, 324 TB Stanley Hwy, Bassett, VA 24055When: Thursday, August, 11, 2016, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PMDetails: Come by Bassett Family Practice during Open House to learn more about the facility, health screenings, light refreshments, children's activities and MORE!Bassett, VA - August 10, 2016 - During National Health Center Week, Bassett Family Practice is joining community health centers and health advocates on the national campaign to raise public awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's Health Center over the course of more than five decades. This year's theme for National Health Center Week 2016 (NHCW) is "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health". To celebrate, Bassett Family Practice is hosting their Second Annual Open House event, which will be free and open to the public.One of the bright spots in America's healthcare system, health centers started over 50 years ago as a pilot project during President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Today, they have compiled a significant record of success that includes:• Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room • Treating patients for a fraction of the average cost of one emergency room visit• Maintaining patient satisfaction levels of nearly 100 percent• Generating $26.5 billion in economic activity and over 230,000 jobsHealth centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations; they also produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities, some of which include nutrition education, translation services, care coordination and case management and a sliding fee scale. Community health centers tailor the services they provide to meet the specific needs of their communities.There are NHCW events scheduled across the country, including health fairs, Open Houses, visits by Members of Congress and state officials to local health centers, press conferences, back-to-school drives, community breakfasts, patient appreciation events, free health screenings and dental cleanings, and much more."We are very excited to open our doors to the community for our Open House, so that we can educate individuals about the health care services that we offer, along with solutions to barriers they may be facing that prevents them from receiving the care they need as part of their overall health and wellness", said Sarah Bowman, Practice Manager.In addition to educational materials, there will also be free health screenings and tours of the facility offered, the opportunity to get up close to a police car, a firetruck, an ambulance and the Martinsville Speedway Pace Car, a Teddy Bear Clinic for children to bring their own teddy bear to for an exam, face painting, refreshments provided by Subway and Walgreens and MORE!To learn more about NHCW and the listing of events please visit: www.healthcenterweek.org.You can also follow the conversation using #NHCW16 or #CHCsInnovate on Facebook.ABOUT BASSETT FAMILY PRACTICEBassett Family Practice is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that is part of the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. Bassett Family Practice is committed to providing comprehensive, primary health care services to medically underserved residents of Martinsville and Henry County as well as the neighboring areas of Patrick and Franklin Counties, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. Insured patients are also welcome at the clinic. The practice also offers appointments for common sicknesses, such as colds, children's health services, comprehensive physical exams, chronic disease management, lab services, integrated behavioral health services, coordination of patient care through referrals to healthcare specialists, help in getting medications that patients may not be able to otherwise afford. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Bassett Family Practice, please call Bassett Family Practice at 276-629-1076.ABOUT THE MARTINSVILLE-HENRY COUNTY COALITION FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESSThe Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to reducing health risk factors and providing access to medical and primary health services at Bassett Family Practice, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville-Henry County area. The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness also offers medication assistance, chronic disease self-management, aerobics, other fitness classes, and care coordination to its patients and local residents. Operations began in April 2005, funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from The Harvest Foundation.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/191 Rev Your Bev at Bassett Family Practice http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/191 Wed, 18 May 2016 12:00:00 -0500 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brittany Anthony Marketing, Development & Community Relations Director276-734-0035banthony@healthycommunitymhc.orgBASSETT FAMILY PRACTICE TO CELEBRATE FOURTH ANNUAL REV YOUR BEV DAY ON MAY 18, 2016Statewide day of action empowers Virginians to look for the sugar hiding in their beverages• What: Rev Your Bev Day• Where: Bassett Family Practice, 324 TB Stanley Hwy, Bassett, VA 24055• When: May 18, 2016, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM• Details: Come by the Rev Your Bev Day table to discover facts about a variety of beverages and how they can impact your overall health and wellnessBassett, VA - On May 18, 2016 - Bassett Family Practice will join youth volunteers, teachers, and health advocates across the state to raise awareness about the health effects of sugary drinks as part of the Virginia Foundation for Health Youth and Y Street's Fourth Annual Rev Your Bev Day.Rev Your Bev Day is a statewide day-of-action to change the way Virginians think about what they drink. Building on three years of success, this year's Rev Your Bev Day participants will have the unique opportunity to survey Virginians about sugar-sweetened beverages and their health effects. Drinks like soda, sweet tea, and sports drinks contain lots of sugar, which our bodies turn into fat. When you add it up, sugary drinks can lead to death and disease for Virginians and their families. "We really like to see individuals taking the initiative to invest in their own health. By choosing healthier beverages, they are reducing their risk for obesity, and other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and tooth decay," said Bassett Family Practice's Health Educator, Cindy Cunningham. This year on Rev Your Bev Day, Bassett Family Practice will have a table setup with a fun demonstration to illustrate exactly how much sugar is in a variety of sugary drinks. For more information, visit www.RevYourBev.com/RevYourBev | /RevYourBev | #RevYourBev ABOUT THE VIRGINIA FOUNDATION FOR HEALTHY YOUTHEstablished by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Foundation for Health Youth is responsible for statewide efforts to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use and childhood obesity. For more information, visit www.vfhy.org.ABOUT BASSETT FAMILY PRACTICEBassett Family Practice is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that is part of the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. Bassett Family Practice is committed to providing comprehensive, primary health care services to medically underserved residents of Martinsville and Henry County as well as the neighboring areas of Patrick and Franklin Counties, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. The practice also offers appointments for common sicknesses, such as colds, children's health services, comprehensive physical exams, chronic disease management, lab services, coordination of patient care through referrals to healthcare specialists, help in getting medications that patients may not be able to otherwise afford. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Bassett Family Practice, please call Bassett Family Practice at 276-629-1076.ABOUT THE MARTINSVILLE-HENRY COUNTY COALITION FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESSThe Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to reducing health risk factors and providing access to medical and primary health services at Bassett Family Practice, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville-Henry County area. The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness also offers medication assistance, chronic disease self-management, aerobics, other fitness classes, and care coordination to its patients and local residents. Operations began in April 2005, funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from The Harvest Foundation.### http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/189 MHC Coalition receives over $50,000 Grant from Komen Virginia Blue Ridge http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/189 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 -0500 MARTINSVILLE, Va. - April 18, 2016 - Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge has awarded a $50,687.00 grant to Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness to enhance local breast health education and services as well as to expand their community outreach into Patrick County, where no mammography facilities exist.At the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, the grant from Komen will support their Ladies First program, an initiative to provide screening mammograms for local, uninsured women who meet certain income guidelines. The program will involve a variety of community outreach activities and provide breast health education. Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, and Komen Virginia Blue Ridge is one of over a hundred Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative breast health programs that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, medical supplies, financial assistance (including emergency living expenses and insurance co-pays), as well as patient and family support."At Komen Virginia Blue Ridge, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered that an estimated 172 women and men residing in our 31 city/county region will die from breast cancer this year," said Catherine Turner, Executive Director. "We are confident that through Ladies First, women in Martinsville and Henry County, and now Patrick County, will have access to the care they need.""We are very excited to continue our mission of educating and providing access to breast health services in our local community through our Ladies First program and continue providing access to screening mammograms for local, uninsured women in our community as well as expanding our mission and strong efforts into the community of Patrick County," said the Coalition's Health Connect Director, Suellyn Danter.About Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and WellnessThe Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to reducing health risk factors and providing access to medical and primary health services at Bassett Family Practice, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville/Henry County area. The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness also offers medication assistance, chronic disease self-management, aerobics, other fitness classes, and care coordination to its patients and local residents. Operations began in April 2005, funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from The Harvest Foundation.About Susan G. Komen and Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy's life. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Race for the Cure®, Komen Virginia Blue Ridge has invested over $2.1 million in community breast health programs in its 31 city/county service area and has helped contribute to the more than $889 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 540-400-8222 or visit komenvablueridge.org. ###  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/188 THE MHC COALITION FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS NAMES HEALTH CONNECT DIRECTOR http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/188 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:00:00 -0500 Martinsville, VA - (March 29, 2016) - The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is proud to announce the addition of Suellyn Danter to our Health Connect team.Health Connect is located in Uptown Martinsville and is a "one-stop shop" for individuals in Martinsville and Henry County who need help breaking through barriers to health and wellness, such as those who can't afford the costs of mammograms, eye care services and medications."Suellyn's duties include, but are not limited to, management of our community outreach programs; Ladies First, Eyes Forward and MedAssist," said the Coalition's Human Resources and Compliance Director, Marc Crouse. "She will also work closely with our partnering non-profits with the MHC Assistance program."Danter graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in occupational and technical studies with a training emphasis. She is also an alumna of Patrick Henry Community College. Prior to accepting the position of Health Connect director, she served as the video/web conferencing technician at Norfolk State University, New College Institute and Patrick Henry Community College."Her wealth of experience and strong ties to the Martinsville-Henry County community will forge new partnerships with area agencies," said Brittany Anthony, marketing director for the Coalition."I am excited to be back in this tight-knit community and to be part of an organization that touches the lives of so many individuals in need. I am looking forward to partnering with some familiar faces, along with meeting new faces in the Martinsville-Henry County area, as well as the surrounding counties of Patrick and Franklin," said Danter.Danter devotes her spare time advocating for animal rescue and wellness. She also enjoys horseback riding and other outdoor activities.ABOUT THE MARTINSVILLE-HENRY COUNTY COALITION FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESSThe Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to reducing health risk factors and providing access to medical and primary health services at Bassett Family Practice, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville-Henry County area. The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness also offers medication assistance, chronic disease self-management, aerobics, other fitness classes, and care coordination to its patients and local residents. Operations began in April 2005, funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from The Harvest Foundation. http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/187 Continuing to Integrate Behavioral Health into Primary Care Services http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/187 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:00:00 -0500 Continuing to Integrate Behavioral Health into Primary Care Services  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brittany AnthonyMarketing, Development &Community Relations Director276-734-0035banthony@healthycommunitymhc.org THE MHC COALITION FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS TO EXPAND THEIR TEAM OF HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS AT BASSETT FAMILY PRACTICE The Coalition continues to integrate Behavioral Health into primary healthcare services. Martinsville, VA - (February 12, 2016) - The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is proud to announce the addition of Marlene Adams, FNP, PMHNP, to expand their team of health care providers and continue the integration of Behavioral Health into primary care at Bassett Family Practice."Marlene is a great addition to our team of healthcare providers to continue fulfilling the needs of our patients," said Bassett Family Practice Director of Operations, Mandy Brannock. "We are improving access to behavioral health and primary care services by providing both services in the same, great location," said Brannock. Adams earned her family nurse practitioner master's degree from ODU in Norfolk, VA in 2011. Prior to Bassett Family Practice, she worked at an Urgent Care facility in Roanoke, VA. Adams and her family moved to the Franklin County area from Colorado in 2004. Adams has 20 years of experience as an RN in urgent care, public health, school health, medical/surgical, respiratory medicine, dialysis and adult and child psychiatry. She earned her certification as a PMHNP from Shenandoah University in August of 2015. At Bassett Family Practice, Adams will practice as a primary care provider evaluating, preventing and treating chronic and acute health conditions. She will also evaluate and treat mental health conditions in the adult population. "I look forward to the opportunity to address both the physical and mental health care needs of the local community. I am a strong advocate for educating and motivating patients to prevent and maintain their physical and mental wellbeing," said Adams. Outside of her duties at Bassett Family Practice, Adams enjoys spending time with her family and friends, biking and outdoor activities, cooking and reading. ABOUT BASSETT FAMILY PRACTICEBassett Family Practice is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that is part of the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. Bassett Family Practice is committed to providing comprehensive, primary health care services to medically underserved residents of Martinsville and Henry County as well as the neighboring areas of Patrick and Franklin Counties, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. The practice also offers appointments for common sicknesses, such as colds, children's health services, comprehensive physical exams, chronic disease management, lab services, coordination of patient care through referrals to healthcare specialists, help in getting medications that patients may not be able to otherwise afford. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Bassett Family Practice, please call Bassett Family Practice at 276-629-1076.ABOUT THE MARTINSVILLE HENRY COUNTY COALITION FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESSThe Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to reducing health risk factors and providing access to medical and primary health services at Bassett Family Practice, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville/Henry County area. The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness also offers medication assistance, chronic disease self-management, aerobics, other fitness classes, and care coordination to its patients and local residents. Operations began in April 2005, funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from The Harvest Foundation.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/186 Integrated Behavioral Health into Primary & Medical Care Services http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/186 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:00:00 -0500 New Licensed Clinician at Bassett Family Practice Bassett Family Practice is proud to announce that Cynthia Eberhardt, LCSW, has joined their team of health care providers."Integrating Behavioral Health into primary care at Bassett Family Practice is important because our patients are familiar with our health care provider's office and it improves their access to Behavioral Health needs. Physical and mental health are very reliant upon each other and with this collaboration, we can tackle both needs in one place," said Mandy Brannock, Director of Operations at Bassett Family Practice.Cynthia Eberhardt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), is a trained and licensed mental health therapist, who joined Bassett Family Practice in October of 2015. She earned her Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW), in 1995 from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She has over 20 years of experience as a clinical therapist helping children, teens, and adults cope with behavioral, mental and emotional problems that interfere with their daily lives. Eberhardt moved to the Martinsville/Henry County area in 2007, from Maryland, where she has lived most of her life. She and her husband have two daughters and three dogs."I will collaborate with the primary care providers to help patients achieve their optimum wellness, not only for their physical health, but for their mental and emotional health as well. I am looking forward to providing Behavioral Health services, including therapy and consultation, to the patients at Bassett Family Practice," said Eberhardt.Bassett Family Practice is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that is part of the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. Bassett Family Practice is committed to providing comprehensive, primary health care services to medically underserved residents of Martinsville and Henry County as well as the neighboring areas of Patrick and Franklin Counties, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. The practice also offers appointments for common sicknesses, such as colds, children's health services, comprehensive physical exams, chronic disease management, lab services, coordination of patient care through referrals to healthcare specialists, help in getting medications that patients may not be able to otherwise afford. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Bassett Family Practice, please call Bassett Family Practice at 276-629-1076.The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness is committed to promoting health by reducing health risk factors and providing access to medical and primary health services at Bassett Family Practice, primarily for the uninsured and underserved in the Martinsville/Henry County area. The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness also offers medication assistance, chronic disease self-management, aerobics, other fitness classes, and care coordination to its patients and local residents. Operations began in April 2005, funded by a five-year, $4.5 million grant from The Harvest Foundation. Find out more about the Coalition by visiting www.healthycommunitymhc.org. http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/177 Frugal Finds 5 21 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/177 Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this week in MHC!  Happy Memorial Day and Happy Shopping!  With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, the stores have lots of great deals on fresh fruits and veggies!  Be sure to check them out! Aldi:Round Tomatoes $1.19 3 packSweet Corn $1.49 4 packStrawberries $1.19 16 ozBlueberries $1.19 16 ozSeedless and Seeded Watermelon $3.99 eachFit and Active 2% Cheese $1.79 Wal-Mart:Strawberries $1.78Sweet Corn .25 eachPineapple $2.88 Food Lion:Strawberries $2.00 1 lbYellow or White Corn .33 eachRoma Tomatoes $1.37/lbAvocados $1.29 eachSweet Onions $3.99 5 lb bagSeedless Watermelon $4.99 eachBlackberries or Raspberries $2.99 each for 6 ozRed Vine Cluster Tomatoes $1.49/lb Pineapple $2.59 eachCucumbers .69 eachCelery Hearts $1.99 eachRomaine Lettuce $1.29 eachBroccoli Crowns $1.59/lbSingle Packaged Pepper $1.29 each Kroger:Whole Seedless Watermelon $3.77Red Slicer Tomatoes .79/lbRomaine Lettuce .99 eachEnglish Cucumbers .79 eachSweet Corn .33 eachStrawberries 16 oz or Raspberries 6 oz $2.00Yellow or Zucchini Squash or Green Beans .99/lbSweet Mini Peppers $1.99/lbBlueberries 12 oz $2.99 eachSimple Truth Organic Canned Beans $1.00Vidalia Sweet Onions .99/lbPrivate Selection Frozen Fruit $3.99 Hope you have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/176 Frugal Finds 5 16 14 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/176 Fri, 16 May 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this week in MHC AldiGrape Tomatoes .89 dry pintSweet Corn $1.49 4 packZucchini .99 per 24 oz packageVidalia Onions .99 2 lb bagCucumbers .39 eachKirkwood Chicken Breasts 48 oz $5.99 KrogerTyson Split Chicken Breasts .99/lbRed Seedless Grapes $1.28/lbBlueberries 12 oz. $2.50Pineapple $2.00Kroger Half Gallon Milk-Skim $2.00Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbMangos .99 eachAsparagus $1.99/lbMini Sweet Peppers $1.99 16 oz bagRaspberries or Blackberries $2.50 6 ozRed Cherries $4.99/lbKiwi $2.00 16 ozSimple Truth Organic Peanut Butter $3.99Simple Truth Organic Beans $1.00 Food LionHot House Tomatoes $1.49/lbSweet Onions $2.99 5 lb bagGreen Giant Canned Vegetables .88 eachDel Monte Canned Tomatoes .99 eachRonzoni Pasta .99 eachPictSweet Baby Lima Beans $2.50 24 ozYellow or Zucchini Squash $1.69/lbNaval Oranges .49 eachMini Cucumbers $1.69 4 packGreen Beans $1.49/lbRainbow Bell Peppers $3.79 eachMangoes .79 eachRed Potatoes $2.99 5 lb bagMushrooms Whole or Sliced $1.69 eachGreen Cabbage .49/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/175 Frugal Finds 5 7 14 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/175 Wed, 07 May 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds this week in MHC Wal-MartStrawberries 1 lb $1.98Great Value Chunk Light Tuna .74 eachWhole Pineapple $2.88Roma Tomatoes $1.38/lbEggland's Best Large Eggs 18 ct. $3.98Birds Eye Steamfresh $1.00Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.99/lbDel Monte Canned Veggies .98 AldiBlackberries 6 oz package $1.19Strawberries 1 lb package $1.19Bananas .44/lbKiwi  11 oz package .99Whole Pineapple $1.19Mangoes .69 eachSimply Nature Organic Baby Spinach or Spring Mix $2.49If anyone is Gluten Free, they have a new line called Live G Free for you to check out! Food Lion1 lb strawberries $2.00Barilla Pasta (look for whole wheat varieties) .99 eachDel Monte Canned Veggies $1.00Hunt's Tomatoes .99 eachStarkist Chunk LIght Tuna $1.00Peter Pan Peanut Butter $2.50 (look for natural)Green Giant Seasoned Steamers $2.00Asparagus $2.99/lbPersonal Watermelon $2.99 eachBlackberries or Raspberries 6 oz. $2.99Mini Carrots $1.29 eachFresh Grape Tomatoes $2.39 eachCelery Hearts 1 lb package $1.99 each Kiwi .50Red Onions .99/lbRomaine Leaf Lettuce $1.49 eachBroccoli Crowns $1.59/lbRed Grapefruit .79 eachGreen Peppers .79 eachEuropean Cucumbers $1.49 each KrogerRed, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers .88 eachVidalia Onions .69 eachWhole Seedless Watermelon $3.77Broccoli Bunch $1.50Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.49/lbCucumbers or Green Onions .50Mangoes .99 eachYellow or Zucchini Squash or Green Beans .99/lbRomaine Lettuce .99Kroger Grape Tomatoes $1.99 10 ozStrawberries $2.50 1 lbDel Monte Canned Veggies $1.00Starkist Solid White or Chunk White Tuna $1.00Kroger Peanut Butter $1.89 (look for Natural)PictSweet Frozen Veggies $1.50    http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/174 Frugal Finds 4 30 2014 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/174 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 This week's Frugal Finds in MHC. Wal-MartGreat Value Chunk Light Tuna 5 oz .74Great Value Spaghetti (look for whole wheat) $1.00Great Value Canned Beans .68Rotel Diced Tomatoes .98 AldiRoma Tomatoes $1.19 20 oz packageLettuce .79Avocados .69 eachVidalia Onions $1.19 2 lb bagMini Sweet Peppers $1.49 16 oz packageMangoes .69 each Food LionVidalia Onions .99/lbCantaloupe $2.00my essentials canned vegetables .50my essentials peanut butter (look for natural) $1.97Birds Eye Steamfresh Blends or Chef's Favorites $1.50 (make sure it's not covered in cheese/butter sauces!)Birds Eye Baby Broccoli Florets $1.50Hass Avocados $1.29 eachRoma Tomatoes .99/lbCelery Hearts 1 lb package $1.99Single Packaged Pepper $1.29 eachMangoes .79 eachTropical Gold Pineapple $2.49Carrot Chips $1.49 eachCucumbers .69 each KrogerStrawberries 16 oz package or Blackberries 6 oz package $1.88Red Slicer Tomatoes .99/lbHeritage Farm Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbAsparagus $1.99/lbPrivate Selection Mini Cucumbers 4 pack .99Seedless Watermelon $4.99Gala, Granny, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbSweet Corn 3/.99Vidalia Onions .99/lb Zucchini or Yellow Squash .99/lbJif PB Part of the Buy 4, Save $4 promotion, normally $4.49 if you buy 4 products $3.49, look for Natural PBRoma Tomatoes .99/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/173 Frugal Finds 4 23 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/173 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 This weeks Frugal Finds in MHC-Wal-Mart will not be featured.  Also, be sure to check out the Uptown Farmers' Market for their Opening Day for the season! Don't forget, THIS Saturday, April 26, the Uptown Farmers' Market opens!!!!  Come check out the new and exciting changes for this year! AldiArtisan Lettuce $1.69 per packageGrape Tomatoes .99 dry pintBaby Carrots .69 16 oz packageMushrooms .79 8 oz packageMulti Colored Peppers $1.99 3 packCucumbers .39 each Food LionRed Vine Cluster Tomatoes $1.29/lbGala Apples $1.29/lbHanover Beans .79 eachChicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna .79 eachmy essentials Frozen Vegetables $1.97 eachBirds Eye Steamfresh Frozen Vegetables $1.25Red Onions .99/lbJumbo Anjou Pears $1.49/lbZucchini and Yellow Squash $1.49/lbRainbow Bell Peppers $3.79 3 packMini Cucumbers $1.79 4 packSweet Corn .50Baby Carrots 2 lb package $2.00Mushrooms Whole or Sliced 8 oz $1.79 eachKale .79 bunch KrogerTyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbBlueberries 6 oz $2.50Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Peppers $1.00Kroger 1/2 Gallon Skim Milk $1.99English Cucumbers $1.00Romaine Lettuce .99Green Beans, Yellow, or Zucchini Squash .99/lbSweet Corn 3/.99Strawberries 16 oz $2.50Simple Truth Organic Beans $1.00Simple Truth Organic Frozen Fruit $2.99Simple Truth Organic Yogurt 32 oz $2.79Jif Natural Peanut Butter $4.49 but part of Buy 4 Save $4.00 Promotion.  Buy 4 participating items and the price becomes $3.49 Happy Shopping!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/172 Frugal Finds 4 16 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/172 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this week in MHC. We learned last week in a meeting that WIC is moving to a debit card system similar to the SNAP benefits card.  If you have questions about this process, please contact the Health Department! The Uptown Farmers' Market is opening April 26!  Take a minute to review what will be going on that day! KrogerSweet Potatoes .69/lbStrawberries 10 oz or Blackberries 6 oz $2.50Celery .99 bunchAsparagus $2.99/lbGreen Beans, Zucchini or Yellow Squash .99/lbSeedless Watermelon $4.99Kroger Grape Tomatoes $2.00Whole Pineapple $2.50Dole Pineapple 20 oz can or Kroger Fruit $1.00Kroger Frozen Vegetables or Birds Eye $1.00Kroger Canned Vegetables 5/$3.00Private Selection Frozen Fruit $3.99 AldiAsparagus 16 oz package $1.99Sweet Potatoes 3 lb bag$1.19Broccoli 1 lb package $1.29Celery .99Whole Pineapple $1.19Season's Choice Steamable California Medley or Broccoli Florets $1.09Season's Choice Steamable Asparagus Spears $2.29Happy Harvest Canned Whole Kernel Sweet Corn or Cut Green Beans .49 Food LionGreen Giant Canned Vegetables Buy 1 Get One FreeDel Monte Canned Fruit or Dole Pineapple $1.00Boneless Chicken Breast $1.99/lbStrawberries 1 lb container $2.00Red Seedless Grapes $1.69/lbmy essentials Frozen Vegetables .97 eachmy essentials Yogurt 32 oz $2.47Asparagus $2.99/lbWhole Pineapples $2.59 eachSweet Potatoes .79/lbBaby Peeled Carrots 2 lb bag $2.00Fresh Grape Tomatoes $2.39Yellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.99Green Peppers .79 eachCucumbers .69 eachNaval Oranges .49 eachBroccoli Crowns $1.59/lbRomaine Lettuce $1.29 eachCelery Hearts 1 lb package $1.99Green Beans .99/lb Wal-Mart Birds Eye Steamfresh Sweet Corn 10.8 oz $1.00Fresh Pineapple $2.50Strawberries 2 lb $3.482.5 dozen Grade A Large Eggs $4.28 Happy Shopping!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/171 Frugal Finds 4 9 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/171 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Wal-Mart will not be featured in this week's Frugal Finds.  Also, please note that Kroger's Senior Day has moved to Tuesdays from here on out! Food LionCantaloupe $2.00 eachPerdue Perfect Portions Chicken Breasts 22.4-24 oz $5.993 lb bag Red Delicious or Granny Smith Apples $2.99Birds Eye Steamfresh Blends or Chef's Favorites $1.50Del Monte Canned Vegetables .79Dole Canned Pineapple $1.00Mueller's Pasta .99Peter Pan Peanut Butters $2.00Food Lion Canned Fruit $1.005 lb bag Red Potatoes $2.99Red, Bosc, or Anjou Pears $1.49/lbRoma Tomatoes .99/lbGreen Cabbage .49/lb2 lb bag carrots $1.29European Cucumbers $1.49 eachSingle Packaged Pepper $1.29 each3 ct Romaine Hearts $2.49Green Beans .99/lbZucchini or Yellow Squash $1.49/lbBaby Bella Mushrooms $1.99 each AldiSweet Corn 4 pack $1.79Mini Sweet Peppers 16 oz package $1.49Spinach 9 oz bag .99Grape Tomatoes dry pint .99Baby Carrots 16 oz bag .69Red Potatoes 5 lb bag $1.79Season's Choice Steamable Asparagus $2.29Season's Choice Broccoli Florets or California Medley $1.09Happy Harvest Green Beans or Whole Kernel Corn .49Fit and Active Non Fat Yogurt 32 oz $1.79 Kroger-as mentioned above, staff members saw signs on doors at Kroger announcing that Senior Day will now be on TUESDAY!Strawberries 16 oz $2.50Perdue Boneless Chicken Breast $2.49/lbAsparagus $2.99/lbRoma Tomatoes .99/lbRomaine Lettuce .99 bunchSweet Corn 5/$2.00Anjou Pears .99/lbRaspberries or Blackberries 6 oz $3.00Kroger 18 ct Large Eggs $2.50Green Giant Vegetables or Kroger Frozen Vegetables $1.00Kroger Canned Vegetables 5/$3.00Dole Pineapple $1.00Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna .79  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/170 Frugal Finds 4 2 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/170 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Local round up of Frugal Finds in MHC this week! Food LionRed Seedless Grapes $1.69/lbmy essentials Canned Vegetables .50Mueller's Pasta .99 (look for whole wheat varieties)Margaret Holmes Canned Vegetables or Veg-All $1.00Food Lion Canned Pineapple $1.00 (look for cans packaged in their own juice, no heavy syrups!)my essentials Frozen Vegetables $1.97Birds Eye Steamfresh Blends or Chef's Favorites 10-12 oz $2.00Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables 10.8 oz $1.00Naval Oranges 4 lb bag $3.59Green Peppers .79 eachMangoes .79 eachPint Fresh Grape Tomatoes $2.29 eachCarrot Chips $1.49Braeburn Apples $1.49/lbMushrooms 8 oz Whole or Sliced $1.49Cucumbers .69Garlic .50 Wal-Mart2 lb Fresh Strawberries $3.98Birds Eye Steamfresh Frozen Vegetables Big Bag $5.98Grade A Large Eggs 2.5 dozen $4.28Pineapple $2.88 eachWhole Peeled Baby Carrots $2.50Green Giant Canned Vegetables .75Starkist Chunk Light Tuna 4 pack $3.48 AldiCantaloupe $1.49 eachStrawberries $1.19 1 lbPineapple $1.19 eachBananas .44/lbPears 2 lb bag $1.69Mangoes .69 eachBoneless, skinless chicken breasts $1.69/lb KrogerKroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbRed Slicer Tomatoes .99/lbNaval Oranges .50 eachKale, Collard, Mustard, or Turnip Greens .99/lbRomaine Lettuce .99Yellow or Zucchini Squash or Green Beans .99/lbSweet COrn 5/$2.00Lunchbox Apples or Pears .99/lbEnglish Cucumbers .99 each10 for $10 promotion has a few items on our list  Del Monte Canned Vegetables and Barilla Pasta (look for whole wheat varieties)Kroger Frozen Vegetables or Pictsweet $1.00Chicken of the Sea Tuna $1.00Kroger Canned Fruits or Dole Pineapple $1.00 (look for cans packaged in their own juices, no heavy syrups!)  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/169 Frugal Finds http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/169 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this week in MHC. **Next week, there will not be a Frugal Finds Post, but we will return on April 2, 2014. Wal-MartGreat Value Canned Tomatoes or Beans .68Fuji Apples 5 lb bag $4.97Cocktail Tomatoes 1 lb $2.98Starkist Chunk Light Tuna 4 pack 5 oz $3.48 Food LionRed Vine Cluster Tomatoes $1.29/lbSweet Onions .89/lbmy essentials Peanut Butter look for natural varieties $1.97Birds Eye Steamfresh Family Size Vegetables $1.99my essentials Yogurt 32 oz $2.47Egg-land Best Large Eggs $2.50Green Seedless Grapes $1.79/lbNaval Oranges 4 lb bag $3.99 eachRomaine Hearts 3 ct package $2.49 eachLady Alice Apples $1.59/lbGreen Peppers .89 eachMini Cucumbers 4 pack, 7 oz $1.69Asian Pears $1.29 eachRed, Bosc, or Jumbo Anjou Pears $1.49/lbBroccoli Crowns $1.59/lbPortabella Mushrooms 6 oz $2.50 KrogerPerdue Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbStrawberries or Blackberries $2.00Broccoli or Cauliflower $1.50Avocados .99 eachRoma Tomatoes .99/lbCelery .99 bunchRomaine Lettuce .99Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious, or Anjou Pears .99/lbGreens .99/lbBarilla Pasta $1.00Kroger Canned Vegetables or Beans 3/$2.00Starkist Tuna 1.25 AldiGala Apples 3 lb bag $2.49Grapefruit 5 lb bag $1.79Red Grapes $1.19/lbBlackberries 6 oz $1.19Strawberries 16 oz $1.19Cantaloupe $1.39 eachSeason's Choice Frozen Strawberries or Blueberries $2.29  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/168 Frugal Finds 3 12 14 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/168 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 At Food Lion, you can shop to earn a Free Holiday Dinner.  Read on for more details! Once again, Food Lion is doing their Shop, Collect, Earn promotion to get a FREE Holiday Dinner.  To earn the dinner, you must spend $40 or more each visit, collect 6 different weekly tickets from 2/26/14 through 4/15/14, redeem 6 tickets for $20 coupon towards your free dinner.  For more information, please visit the Food Lion website, or speak to a Customer Service Rep on your next shopping trip.Food LionStrawberries 1 lb. $2.50Nature's Place Hand Trimmed Chicken 33% offRed Delicious Apples 3 lb bag $3.29Birds Eye Steamfresh Blends or Chef's Favorites $1.50Green Cabbage .49/lbRonzoni Pasta .99 look for whole wheat varietiesGreen Giant Canned Vegetables $1.00Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna 5 oz can $1.00my essentials Frozen Vegetables 32 oz. $1.97 eachGreen Giant Boxed Vegetables $1.25 look for varieties not smothered in cheese/butter saucesDannon Greek Yogurt 32 oz. $5.49Red Potatoes 5 lb bag $3.49Hass Avocados $1.29 eachRaspberries 6 oz. $2.99Roma Tomatoes $1.37/lbYellow Onions 3 lb bag $2.29Baby Peeled Carrots 2 lb bag $2.59Whole Pineapples $2.59 eachRomaine Lettuce $1.29 eachEuropean Cucumbers $1.29Zucchini or Yellow Squash $1.39/lbWatermelon Spears 16 oz $3.99Celery 1 lb package $1.99 eachSingle Packaged Pepper $1.29 eachMangoes .79 each KrogerTyson Split Chicken Breasts .99/lbAsparagus $1.99/lbGreen Cabbage .39/lbRoma Tomatoes .99/lbAvocados .99 eachRomaine Lettuce .99Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples or Anjou Pears .99/lbCelery .99 bunchGreens .99/lbKroger 18 ct large eggs $2.49Barilla Pasta 12-16 oz $1.00 look for whole wheat varietiesBumble Bee Tuna 2.5-5 oz $1.00Kroger Canned Fruit or Del Monte Canned Vegetables $1.00 look for fruit packaged in it's own juices instead of heavy syrups. Wal MartPlanters Peanut Butter 28 oz $3.68 look for natural varieties AldiWhite Mushrooms .79 8 oz packageBaby Carrots .69 16 oz packageRed Potatoes $1.79 5 lb bagCabbage $1.19 eachYellow Onions .99 3 lb bagWhite Asparagus Spears $1.69 11.5 oz Happy Shopping!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/167 Frugal Finds 3 5 14 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/167 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Kroger ads now run Wednesdays through Tuesdays, like the Aldi and Food Lion Ads! All 4 retailers in our area have some items for your shopping list.  Remember, today is the first day that Kroger's ad runs Wednesday through Tuesday! Wal-MartBoneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbAsparagus $1.98/lbFresh Golden Pineapple $2.88 eachRed Potatoes 5 lb bag $3.00Starkist Chunk Light Tuna 4 pack $3.482.5 Dozen Large Eggs $4.28Great Value Alaskan Pink Salmon $2.42 Food LionAsparagus $1.99/lbHot House Tomatoes $1.49/lbChicken of the Sea Chunk LIght Tuna 5 oz can or 2.5 oz Pouch $1.00Mueller's Pasta 12-16 oz (look for whole wheat varieties) .99Peter Pan Peanut Butter (look for natural) 16.3 oz $2.50Hunt's or Rotel Canned Tomatoes .99my essentials canned vegetables 14.5-15.25 oz .50my essentials or Food Lion Pasta 12-16 oz .98Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables 10.8 oz $1.00Pictsweet Baby Lima Beans 24 oz. $2.50Green Seedless Grapes $1.99/lb3 lb bag of tangerines $3.49Braeburn Apples $1.49/lbCucumbers .79 eachCarrot Chips 16 oz. $1.49Bartlett Pears $1.49/lbJumbo White Onions .89/lbKiwi .50Green Peppers .89 eachSliced or Whole Baby Bella Mushrooms 8 oz package $1.99 Tender Green Beans $1.79/lb KrogerTyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbStrawberries 16 oz or Blackberries 6 oz $2.50Asparagus $1.99/lbBumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna 5 oz can .59Starkist Solid White or Chunk White Tuna $1.25Avocados .99 eachRoma Tomatoes .99/lbGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples or Anjou Pears .99/lbCelery .99 bunchRomaine Lettuce .99Greens .99/lbChicken of the Sea Pink Salmon 14.75 oz $2.99Barilla Pasta (look for whole wheat varieties) $1.00 AldiBlackberries 6 oz package .99Grapefruit 5 lb bag $1.79Bananas .44/lbPineapple .99 eachCantaloupe $1.19 eachFit and Active Plain or Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt 32 oz $1.79Northern Catch Pink Salmon 14.75 oz $2.49  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/166 Frugal Finds 2 26 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/166 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Wal-Mart will not be featured this week. Wal-Mart will not be featured this week as their ad did not feature any of the Frugal Finds.  Also remember, Kroger will be starting up their new ad cycle starting, Wednesday March 5.  From then on, the ads will run Wednesday through Tuesday. Kroger:Asparagus $1.99/lbMandarin Oranges 3 lb bag $3.99Avocados .99 eachRoma Tomatoes .99/lbRed Seedless Grapes $1.88/lbGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples or Anjou Pears .99/lbRomaine Lettuce .99 eachCelery Bunch .99Greens .99/lbOrganic Broccoli Bunch $2.00Simple Truth Organic Frozen Fruit 10 oz $2.99Tyson Split Chicken Breasts $1.49/lbSan Giorgio Pasta (Part of the Buy 6, Save $3.00 Promotion) .69Green Giant Vegetables $1.49-also part of the Buy 6, Save $3 Promo Aldi:Avocados .59 eachRoma Tomatoes .99 per 20 oz packageMulticolored Peppers 3 pack $1.99Red Onions 2 lb bag $1.19Lettuce .79Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles .59Dakota's Pride Black Beans .59 Food Lion:Grape Tomatoes $2.00Baby Peeled Carrots 1 lb bag .99Green Giant Canned Vegetables Buy One Get One Free8 oz package whole mushrooms Buy One Get One FreeTuttorosso Tomatoes Buy One Get One FreeMueller's Pasta (look for whole wheat)  Buy One Get One Free32 oz Taste of Inspirations Greek Nonfat Yogurt $4.99Green Giant Boxed Vegetables $1.25 (look for veggies in their natural state, not smothered in cheese sauce or butter!)My Essentials Frozen Vegetables .97Romaine Hearts $2.49 eachNaval Oranges .49 eachSingle Packaged Pepper $1.49 eachSweet Onions .99/lbCauliflower $2.49 eachCelery 1 lb package $1.99 each4 ct mini cucumbers $1.69 eachMangoes .79 each  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/165 Frugal Finds 2 19 14 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/165 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds in our area and an announcement about Kroger. Wal-Mart will not be featured this week as their ad did not show food items. Kroger has announced that starting March 5, 2014, the weekly ad will begin on Wednesdays instead of Sundays!Perdue Boneless Chicken Breast $1.99/lbStrawberries 16 oz. $2.50Kroger Skim Milk Gallon $2.88Asparagus $1.99/lbRoma Tomatoes .99/lbAvocados .99 eachRed Seedless Grapes $1.88/lbRomaine Lettuce .99 eachGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples or Anjou Pears .99/lbCelery .99 bunchGreens .99/lbPictSweet Frozen Vegetables 50% off. Food LionGreen Seedless Grapes $1.89/lbRed Vine Cluster Tomatoes $1.29/lbDel Monte Canned Vegetables $1.00Chicken of the Sea Chunk White Tuna $1.00Hanover Beans .79Ronzoni Pasta .99, look for whole wheat varietiesmy essentials Frozen Blueberries 16 oz. $3.22Canned Fruit $1.00, look for fruit packed in it's own juices instead of heavy syrupsmy essentials Peanut Butter $1.97, look for naturalBird's Eye Corn on the Cob $3.49Avocados $1.29 eachJumbo White Onions .89/lbCara Cara or Blood Oranges .69 eachGarlic .503 ct package of Bellafina Sweet Baby Bell Peppers $1.291 lb bag of carrots .69Green Onions .50Sweet Potatoes .79/lb6 oz mushrooms $2.50Romaine Lettuce $1.29 eachBroccoli Crowns $1.59/lb AldiGreen Peppers 3 pack $1.29Baby Carrots 1 lb bag .59Tomatoes on the Vine $1.49 24 oz.Yellow Onions 3 lb bag .99Happy Harvest Diced Tomatoes .59Peanut Delight Peanut Butter $1.69, look to see if they have Natural PB Happy Shopping!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/163 Frugal Finds 2 12 2014 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/163 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Better shop while you can! Here are this week's Frugal Finds! Wal-MartBush's Best Beans 15 oz. .92 KrogerTyson Split Chicken Breasts .99/lbMandarin Oranges 3 lb bag $3.99Avocados .99 eachPictSweet Frozen Vegetables 6-28 oz 50% offKroger Canned Vegetables, Tomatoes, or Beans .50Greens .99/lbRoma Tomatoes .99/lbRed Seedless Grapes $1.99/lbRomaine Lettuce .99 eachCelery .99 bunchGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious or Anjou Pears .99/lb AldiStrawberries 16 oz. $1.49Pineapple $1.19 eachGala Apples $2.19 3 lb bagYellow Onions 3 lb bag .99 Broccoli Crowns 16 oz. $1.19 packageMushrooms 8 oz package .79Fit and Active Instant Brown Rice 14 oz. $1.49 Food LionStrawberries $2.50 1 lb containerCantaloupe $2.00Birds Eye Steamfresh Blends or Chef's Favorite $1.50Margaret Holmes Canned Vegetables or VegAll $1.00Del Monte Canned Tomatoes .79Chicken of the Sea 4 pack of tuna $4.99Barilla Pasta .99 each look for whole wheat varietiesQuaker Oats 18 oz $2.29PictSweet Frozen Vegetables $2.50Red Globe Grapes $1.69/lbRoma Tomatoes $1.37/lbBlackberries 6 oz $2.99Red Delicious Apples 3 lb bag $3.49Sweet Onions .99/lbEuropean Cucumbers $1.49 eachWhole Pineapples $2.59 eachWhole or Sliced Mushrooms $1.69 8 ozZucchini or Yellow Squash $1.69/lbAsparagus $3.49/lbRed Grapefruit .69 eachGreen Beans 12 oz. $2.99  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/162 Frugal Finds 2 5 14 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/162 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:00:00 -0500 A look at what's on sale this week in MHC! In looking through the ads, we saw in the Food Lion ad, where you can now add coupons to your MVP card!  Did you know that Kroger also has this feature?  Be sure to check it out and see if you can't save some more money! Wal-MartLarge Grade A 2.5 dozen eggs $4.28Great Value Canned Beans or Tomatoes .68 each KrogerTyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbAsparagus $1.99/lbBlueberries $2.50Avocados .99 eachRoma Tomatoes .99/lbRed Seedless Grapes $1.99/lbGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples, Anjou Pears .99/lbCelery .99 bunchGreens .99/lbRomaine Lettuce .99Barilla Pasta, look for whole wheat varieties $1.00Kroger Fruit or Del Monte Vegetables $1.00 Food LionBoneless Chicken Breast $1.99/lbRed Seedless Grapes $1.89/lbClementines 3 lb bag $3.49Royal Gala Apples $1.29/lbDel Monte Canned Vegetables $1.00Luck's Beans (canned) .79Barilla Pasta, look for whole wheat varieties .99my essentials Frozen Vegetables 32 oz. $1.97Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables 10.8 oz. $1.29Large White Eggs 18 ct. $2.50Hot House Tomatoes $1.49/lbRed or Bosc Pears $1.49/lbRed Onions .99/lbMushrooms 8 oz $1.69Romaine Lettuce $1.29Mini Cucumbers 4 pack, 7 oz $1.693 count Bellafina Sweet Baby Bell Peppers $1.29Kiwi .50Celery Hearts 1 lb $1.99Cauliflower $2.49Asparagus $3.69/lb AldiBlackberries 6 oz $1.19Mangoes .59 eachGreen Grapes or Red Grapes 2 lb bag $2.38Grapefruit 3 lb bag $1.79Strawberries 1 lb $1.19Season's Choice Steamable Broccoli Florets or California Medley $1.09  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/161 Frugal Finds 1 29 and Info for Diabetics http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/161 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500 This week we have some info for Diabetics and healthy eating, our Frugal Finds, and some ideas for Healthy Super Bowl Recipes! Sadly, our Dietetics Intern will be leaving us soon, she was kind enough to give us some information about Diabetes for this week, and next week we will have information about High Blood Pressure.  We certainly thank her for her time and all of the great information that she gave us!  We hope to work with her again in the future! Diabetes:DiabetesA healthy daily diabetic meal plan contains carbohydrates from a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and milk and milk products. Keep in mind that 15 g carbohydrate is one carbohydrate choice. One carbohydrate choice may be one slice of bread, one cup of melon or berries, or one cup of fat-free or reduced fat milk. For many adults, eating 3 to 5 carbohydrate servings at each meal and 1 to 2 carbohydrate servings at each snack is a reasonable diet plan. While grocery shopping, reading food labels can help you decide which food items fit into your meal plan. When reading food labels, first check the serving sizes, then the total number of carbohydrates. Other tips to help you when you are grocery shopping include:• Choose low fat sources of protein (lean beef, lean pork, chicken, fish, low fat cheese or vegetarian foods such as soy products)• Limit saturated fat sources (butter, cream, and high fat meats like bacon and sausage)• Choose foods with little or no trans fat. Read the label. If the ingredient list contains "partially hydrogenated oil" the food item contains trans fat. • Limit sweets and desserts. These foods are often sources of excess calories and sugars and carbohydrates without beneficial vitamins and minerals. • Choose raw vegetables as snacks (1 cup of raw vegetables count as zero carbohydrates or "free" foods)• Foods that have less than 20 calories per serving count as zero carbohydrates or "free" foodsReference:www.nutritioncaremanual.org This week's Frugal Finds:KrogerRed Seedless Grapes $1.99/lbAvocados or Mangoes .99 eachMini Peeled Carrots $1.00Roma Tomatoes .99/lbGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples or Anjou Pears .99/lbKroger Grape Tomatoes or English Cucumbers $1.50Kale, Collard, Mustard, or Turnip Greens .99/lbBirds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables $1.49 (part of their Buy 6, save $3 promotion) Wal-MartHunt's Petite Diced Tomatoes or Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles .98Avocados .882.5 dozen large eggs $4.28Starkist Chunk Light Tuna 4 pack $3.88 AldiOrganic Baby Carrots 16 oz. bag $1.29Organic Grape Tomatoes $1.79 dry pintCucumbers .29 eachWhite Mushrooms .78 8 oz packageBroccoli Crowns $1.19 16 oz packageMini Sweet Peppers $1.49 16 oz bagCelery .79 eachAvocados .59 eachPeanut Delight Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 16-18 oz. $1.69 Food LionHass Avocados .99 eachYellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.79Fresh Express Romaine Hearts $2.49 eachCanned-Rotel Tomatoes or Hunt's Tomatoes .99 eachRonzoni Healthy Pastas (look for Whole Wheat varieties) .99Del Monte Canned Vegetables $1.00Del Monte Canned Fruits-look for fruits packaged in their own juices $1.00my essentials chunk light tuna .77Fresh Grape Tomatoes $2.39 pintMini Carrots 1 lb bag $1.29 eachCucumbers .69 eachSingle Packaged Pepper $1.29 eachBroccoli Crowns $1.59/lbBlackberries 6 oz. $2.99 each Healthy Super Bowl RecipesDid you know that the Coalition has a Healthy Recipe Section on their website?  Check it out here.  We are constantly on the lookout for new and healthy recipes, so check back from time to time!Some of our favorites that we use in class are so super simple and delicious that your Super Bowl party guests will have a hard time telling they are healthy!  Try these on your guests! Fruit Dip1 package of softened, light cream cheese (8 oz)1 container of marshmallow fluff Mix the 2 ingredients together until smooth.  Serve with fresh fruit! Sausage Dip1 8 oz package of cream cheese1 16 oz package of turkey sausage (you can cheat and use the pre-packaged turkey sausage crumbles if you wish)1 10 oz can of Rotel (which just happens to be on sale at most stores this week!)Brown the turkey sausage.  Place cream cheese, browned turkey sausage, and can of Rotel into a crockpot and cook until cream cheese has melted and dip is hot.  Serve with whole wheat crackers/chips/etc. **Note, you can control how spicy this recipe is based on what kind of sausage you buy and what kind of tomatoes you purchase.  If you use just the plain/regular, this dip will not be spicy.  Have a great week and Happy shopping!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/160 Frugal Finds 1 22 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/160 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500 A look at this week's Frugal Finds in MHC and tips for weight management! We still have our Dietetics Intern for a week and she rounded up some great tips for those looking to manage their weight!  Weight ManagementA diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products is great way to control weight while still obtaining essential nutrients. Below is a list of tips to help you make healthier decisions while grocery shopping:Choose:• Calorie free drinks (water, unsweetened coffee or tea or sweetened with an alternative sweetener such as Splenda, diet soda) • Fresh, canned or frozen fruits and vegetables. These provide essential vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. Fiber helps you to feel full and is beneficial to digestive health. • Whole grains such as brown rice or whole wheat pasta• Fish and lean meats. Leaner meats include those labeled "loin" or "round" • Fat-free or low fat milk, cheeses and yogurtsTry to limit snack foods and sweets. These items are often high in calories, while providing very little essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins and minerals. Fruits are a great snack when you have a craving for something sweet. Raw vegetables with low fat dips is another good snacking option. Reference:www.nutritioncaremanual.org Now as a special treat, our Dietetics Intern is making herself available to answer YOUR questions!  If you have a question that you would like her to answer, please e-mail us.  We will keep you anonymous and include the question and answer in a future Frugal Finds posting so everyone can get the valuable information!  Onto our Frugal Finds for this week! Wal-MartGreen Giant Seasoned Steamers 11.8 oz. $1.98 AldiBlueberries 6 oz package $1.29Strawberries 1 lb. $1.69Tangerines 3 lb bag $1.49Blackberries 6 oz. .99Cantaloupe .99Mangoes .59 eachOrganic Apples 3 lb bag $4.17Organic Bananas 2 lb bunch $1.38 Food LionRed Ripe Strawberries 1 lb. $2.00Birds Eye Steamfresh Blends and Chef's Favorites Frozen Vegetables 10-13 oz. $1.50Rotel Tomatoes 10 oz. .99 eachChicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna 5 oz can or 2.5 oz pouch $1.00Birds Eye Corn on the Cob 12 ct $2.50Pink Lady or Braeburn Apples $1.39/lbNaval Oranges 8 lb bag $5.99Green Peppers .69 eachJumbo Anjou Pears $1.39/lbEuropean Cucumbers $1.29 eachJumbo White Onions .89/lbMangoes .79 eachMushrooms 8 oz. $1.69 eachGreen Cabbage .49/lbSweet Potatoes .79 each KrogerBlueberries or Blackberries 6 oz. $2.50Avocados or Mangoes .99 eachTyson Boneless Chicken Breast 1.99/lbKroger 18 ct Large Eggs $1.99Roma Tomatoes .99/lbRed, Yellow, or Orange Bell Peppers $1.25 eachGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples or Anjou Pears .99/lbYellow Peaches or Nectarines $2.49/lbRed Cherries $4.99/lbGreens (Kale, Collard, Mustard, or Turnip) .99/lbSimple Truth Organic Frozen Fruit 10 oz $2.99Simple Truth Organic Beans $1.00Simple Truth Organic Peanut Butter 18 oz. $3.99 Del Monte Vegetables or Tomatoes (part of Buy 6 promotion) .69San Giorgio Pasta (look for whole wheat varieties)-part of Buy 6 promotion .69 Happy Shopping!   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/159 Frugal Finds 1 15 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/159 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500 This week we will talk about fresh, canned, and frozen vegetables in addition to our Frugal Finds! We had our Dietetics Intern do some more research for YOU on how you can lead a healthier life! Nutritional Quality: Fresh, Frozen and CannedFruits and vegetables are loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber, which can help lower your risk for many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure and certain cancers. The increased health benefit is the reason such emphasis is placed on increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. A topic of recent interest has been whether the better option is fresh, canned or frozen produce items. Fresh fruits and vegetables may not necessarily contain more nutrients than canned or frozen. Once a fresh fruit or vegetable is picked, the decomposition process begins and the food begins to lose vitamins and minerals. Now if you grow your own produce, harvest and eat the foods soon after picking, you would be consuming foods at highest nutritional quality. But let's face it. Many of us pick our produce from the aisles of our local grocery stores. Fresh food can take weeks to travel from the field to our plate, and during that time many beneficial vitamins and minerals may have been lost. Frozen and canned vegetables are picked and packaged at peak ripeness, helping maintain beneficial vitamins and minerals. But make sure to read food labels when choosing fresh or frozen options. Canned vegetables may be higher in sodium and canned fruit may contain added sugars when it is packed in fruit juices or syrups. "No Salt Added" and "No Sugar Added" options are best when choosing canned items. Frozen vegetables may contain sauces that increase fat and sodium content and frozen fruits could contain added sugars. The option you choose will likely be determined by preference, price and convenience. Prices of fresh fruits and vegetables are lower when in season. Frozen and canned fruits and vegetables require less preparation time than fresh. As long as you keep the nutritional content considerations previously mentioned in mind, the health benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables, regardless of fresh, canned or frozen, outweigh the differences in nutritional quality. References:http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442451636http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442451032http://experiencelife.com/article/fresh-frozen-or-canned/ Our Dietetics Intern reviewed the Frugal Finds list of foods and everything looked good, but she also added a few things for us to be on the lookout for!  She suggested that we include:*canned tuna, walnuts and pecans for proteins*any fresh berries or frozen fruit*any fresh vegetables, canned vegetables, plain frozen vegetables (do not purchase the veggies dripped in cheese sauce or butter!)*low fat cheeses Over the coming week, we will update our list to reflect these additions!  Our Frugal Finds for this week include some of these items listed above!  Wal-Mart will not be featured this week as none of the items on our Pantry/Fridge Staples appeared in their ad.Aldi:Organic Grape Tomatoes dry pint $1.99Simply Nature Organic Spring Mix or Baby Spinach 5 oz. $2.49Carrots 2 lb bag .69Mushrooms 8 oz. package .79Pineapple .99 eachGrapefruit 5 lb. bag $1.79Bananas .44/lbSeason's Choice Super Sweet Corn or Sweet Peas 16 oz. .95Season's Choice Steamable Broccoli Florets or California Medley 12 oz. $1.09Season's Choice Extra Fine Green Beans 16 oz. $1.49Season's Choice Steamable Asparagus Spears 8 oz. $2.29 Save A Lot:Red, Gold, Rome or McIntosh Apples 3 lb bag $1.99 eachLibby's Canned Vegetables .59Vine Ripe Tomatoes 4 pack $1.49 eachYellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.69Red Seedless Grapes $1.99/lbMixed Fruit Bag 4 lb bag $3.99 Food Lion:Gala Apples 3 lb bags $2.99 eachClementines 5 lb box $4.99Green Giant Canned Vegetables .79Hunt's Canned Tomatoes .99Food Lion Canned Fruit .99 each (look for canned fruits in their own juices, NOT with heavy syrups!)Bird's Eye Steam Fresh Frozen Vegetables $1.25Dannon Greek Yogurt 32 oz $5.49Hot House Tomatoes $1.49/lbBlood or Cara Cara Oranges .79 eachCucumbers .69 eachRed Onions .99/lbSingle Packaged Pepper $1.29 eachMushrooms 8 oz. $1.69 eachZucchini or Yellow Squash $1.39/lbKiwi .50 eachCelery .89 Kroger:Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples or Anjou Pears .99/lbBroccoli $1.50 bunchKroger Gallon Skim Milk $2.89Avocados or Mangoes .99Red Cherries $4.99/lbRed, Yellow, Orange Bell Peppers $1.25Naval Oranges or Grapefruit 8 lb bag $5.99Fresh White Mushrooms $1.67Roma Tomatoes .99/lbOrganic Gala Apples $1.68/lbOrganic Mini Peeled Carrots $1.29Hunt's or Rotel Canned Tomatoes $1.00 (part of the 10 for $10 promotion)Bush's Beans $1.00 (part of 10 for $10 promotion)Green Giant Frozen Vegetables or Bird's Eye Steam Vegetables $1.00 (part of 10 for $10 promotion)Mini Peeled Carrots 16 oz. $1.00 (part of 10 for $10 promotion)Barilla Pasta-look for Whole Wheat varieties $1.00 (part of 10 for $10 promotion)Del Monte or Kroger Fruit-look for canned fruit in natural fruit juice $1.00 (part of 10 for $10 promotion)    http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/158 Frugal Finds 1 8 14 and Organic vs Non-Organic http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/158 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500 This week in addition to the Frugal Finds in our area, we have some information about Organic vs Non-Organic from our dietetic intern! We all hear the buzz, eat organic fruits and vegetables, they are better for you.  But are they?  We are fortunate enough to have a Dietetics Intern from Virginia Tech working with us for the next month and she did some research for you about Organic vs Non-Organic foods.  This week's Frugal Finds are below the organic information.ORGANIC VS NON-ORGANIC Nutritionally speaking, studies have shown organic foods are no more nutritious than non-organic foods. The only difference is the amount of pesticides, synthetic substances and other materials used as processing aids that the foods may contain. Organic plant foods are produced without the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and different radiation methods commonly used to control food spoilage. Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products are obtained from animals that have not been given antibiotics or growth hormones. But what do the different organic food labels mean?The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines specific guidelines products must meet to use the organic label. When you're shopping, you may see 100% Organic, Organic or Made with Organic Ingredients. • 100% Organic - the product is completely organic or is made of only organic ingredients. These items contain the "USDA Organic" seal. • Organic - the product contains at least 95% of organic ingredients. These items contain the "USDA Organic" seal.• Made with Organic Ingredients - the product contains at least 70% of certified organic ingredients. These items do not contain a "USDA Organic" seal. References:http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442451536http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/organic-food-no-more-nutritious-than-conventionally-grown-food-201209055264 This week's Frugal Finds do include a few organic products as they are on sale and seem like fairly decent deals.  Be sure to shop around to see if the non-organic equivalents work up to have cheaper unit prices.  The more you know, the more you can save at the stores!Aldi:Organic Baby Carrots 16 oz. bag $1.49Organic Diced Tomatoes 28 oz. can $1.49Organic Blueberries 10 oz. $2.99 (we have a sneaky suspicion that non-organic blueberries may be cheaper at Aldi!)Sweet Onions 2 lb bag .99Season's Choice Frozen Fruits 12-16 oz. bags $2.29Season's Choice Chopped Spinach 10 oz. .99Wal-Mart:Stonyfield Lowfat Yogurt 32 oz. $3.24**NON FOOD**  Wal-Mart once again had some fitness finds for those wishing to beef up their home gyms.  They have yoga mats for $8.97 and DVD Kits $18.97.Food Lion:Hunt's Tomatoes .99my essentials Blueberries 16 oz.  $3.22Pink Lady or Fuji Apples $1.49/lbYellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.79Carrots 1 lb bag .69Broccoli Crowns $1.59/lbKroger:Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbBroccoli Bunch $1.88Jumbo Sweet Onions .99/lbOrganic Mini Peeled Carrots 16 oz bag $1.50Barilla Pasta 12-16 oz. $1.00 (look for whole wheat varieties) Next week, we will share some more information that our Dietetics Intern has looked up to help YOU, as you make strides to living a healthier, happier life! Happy Shopping!   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/157 Frugal Finds 2014-1 2 2014 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/157 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Happy New Year and Happy Shopping this week in MHC! From all of us here at the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness, we hope that each and everyone of you had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year!Wal-MartGreat Value Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 3 lb bag $6.98Bolthouse Farms Peeled Baby Carrots 2 lb bag $2.50JIF Creamy Peanut Butter 28 oz.  (Look to see if natural PB is included) $3.982.5 Dozen Grade A Large Eggs $4.28**Not food related, but Wal-Mart had some fitness equipment on sale as well for those wishing to bulk up their home gyms-here is what we found in the ad:Lotus Yoga Mat $8.97Neoprene 5 lb Dumbbell $5 eachNeoprene Dumbbells 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 lbs $2.97-$12.97 each Select workout DVD's $9 A variety of fitness clothes in both men's and women's sizes  KrogerMini Peeled Carrots 16 oz bag .99Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbTyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.99/lbBarilla Pasta $1.00 (look for whole wheat) AldiOrganic Bananas .69/lb, $1.38 2 lb bunchOrganic Apples $1.39/lb $4.17 3 lb bagNonfat Yogurt 32 oz. $1.99**Not food related, but Aldi has some fitness items on sale that you may be interested in as well.Tone Fitness Kettlebell Set (5, 10, and 15 lb kettlebells) $24.99Crane Exercise Ball $7.99Crane 8 lb Medicine Ball, Push Up Bars or 18" Foam Roller $9.99Crane Heart Rate Monitor Watch with Pedometer $24.99Crane 32 oz Hydration Bottle with freezer stick $2.99Crane Fitness Bag $14.99 Food LionRoyal Gala Apples $1.29/lbPerdue Perfect Portions Boneless Chicken Breasts 22.4-24 oz packages $6.99Food Lion Canned Beans .50Hunt's Canned Tomatoes .99my essentials Whole Strawberries (frozen) 16 oz. $2.37Sweet Onions .99/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/156 Frugal Finds 12 26 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/156 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for the week in MHC! Good morning!  We hope that each and every one of you had a very Merry Christmas and that you were able to spend the day with family and friends! Just a note-next week's Frugal Finds will appear on Thursday, January 2 due to New Year's being on Wednesday.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience!   Now, onto the frugal finds! Aldi:Baby Carrots .69 1 lb bag Food Lion:Rotel Tomatoes or Hunt's Tomatoes .99Food Lion Canned Beans .50my essentials peanut butter-look for natural peanut butter $1.97my essentials or Food Lion Pasta .89 eachmy essentials Sliced Strawberries (frozen) 14 oz bag $2.59Broccoli $2.00Jumbo White Onions .89/lbMini Carrots $1.29 1 lb bagRomaine Lettuce $1.29 each Kroger:Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbOrganic Sweet Potatoes 3 lb bag $2.99Simple Truth Organic Canned Beans $1.00Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.99/lb Wal-Mart2.5 dozen eggs $4.28Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles .98  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/155 Frugal Finds 12 18 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/155 Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this Week in MHC.  Please note, due to Christmas falling on a Wednesday, we will not be posting Frugal Finds on 12/25.  Look for it on Thursday, December 26. The 4 major retailers in our area all have a little something off of the Pantry/Fridge Staples list this week. Please note, that due to Christmas falling on Wednesday, we will not post Frugal Finds until Thursday, December 26th. Wal-MartYellow Onions 3 lb bag $2.282.5 dozen large eggs $4.28 KrogerKroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbRed Globe Grapes $1.99/lbGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbOrganic Sweet Potatoes 3 lb bag $2.99Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.99/lb AldiSweet Potatoes 3 lb bag .99Yellow Onions 3 lb bag .89 Food LionGolden Delcious or Rome Apples 3 lb bag $2.50Mueller's Pasta-Buy One Get One Free look for Whole Wheat varietiesBush's Premium Beans .99my Essentials Peanut Butter-look for natural $2.17Sweet Potatoes .69/lbBroccoli Crowns $1.59/lbYellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.79 eachMini Carrots 1 lb bag $1.29  From all of us here at the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness, we wish you a Merry Christmas!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/154 Frugal Finds 12 11 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/154 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds in MHC for the week! Here are this week's finds.Wal-Mart is not featured as the ads online did not have any of our recommended food items. Aldi:Baby Carrots 16 oz bag .69Goldhen Eggs 1 dozen $1.29 Food Lion:Red Delicious Apples 3 lb bag $2.49Boneless Chicken Breast $1.99/lbmy Essentials frozen whole strawberries 16 oz. $2.37Sweet Onions .99/lbCarrot Chips 16 oz. $1.39 each  Kroger:Broccoli $1.50Tyson Split Chicken Breasts .99/lbKroger Gallon Skim Milk $2.89Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious .99/lbKroger Onions 3 lb bag $1.69Tyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.99/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/153 Frugal Finds 12 4 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/153 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds in our Area for the week! Wal-MartGreat Value Canned Vegetables .672.5 dozen grade A eggs $4.28 Save a Lot Yellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.49Washington Apples .79/lbRed, Green, Globe Grapes $1.99/lb Food LionRoyal Gala Apples $1.29/lbBarilla Pasta Buy 1 Get 1 Free, look for whole wheat pastaDel Monte Canned Tomatoes .99 eachYellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.59Broccoli $2.00Romaine Lettuce $1.29 each AldiGoldhen Eggs 1 dozen $1.29Bananas .44/lb KrogerPerdue Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbMini Peeled Carrots 16 oz .99 Romaine Lettuce .99Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbKroger Peanut Butter $1.88 look for Natural Peanut ButterHunt's Canned Tomatoes $1.00  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/152 Frugal Finds 11 27 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/152 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:00:00 -0500 It's a light week for shopping in MHC this week: Kroger:Sweet Potatoes .49/lbKroger Yellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.69 Wal-Mart:Rotel Diced Tomatoes or Hunt's Petite Diced Tomatoes .98 Aldi:Yellow Onions 3 lb bag .89Sweet Potatoes 3 lb bag .99 Food Lion did not have an on-line weekly ad, but they promise savings for next week. Happy Shopping and Happy Thanksgiving!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/151 Frugal Finds 11 20 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/151 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds in MHC for the week. Each of the major retailers in our area had a little something in their ads this week that appear on the 25 fridge/pantry staples list.  We've included Save A Lot this week, as a few items stood out in their ad! Happy Shopping! Wal-Mart:Sweet Potatoes .38/lb2.5 dozen large eggs $4.28Gala Apples $1.47/lbRed Delicious Apples $1.27/lbHoneycrisp Apples $2.47/lbYellow Onions 3 lb bag $2.28 Food Lion:Sweet Potatoes .44/lbGranny Smith or Rome Apples $2.79 3 lb bagRonzoni Pasta (look for whole wheat) .99 eachRed or Green Seedless Grapes $1.99/lbBroccoli Crowns $1.49/lbYellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.59 eachPeeled Baby Carrots 2 lb bag $2.59 each Kroger:Sweet Potatoes .49/lbGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbYellow Onions $1.69 3 lb bagTyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.99/lb Aldi:Yellow Onions .89 3 lb bagSweet Potatoes .99 3 lb bag Save A Lot:Red, Gold, Gala, Rome, or McIntosh Apples $1.99 3 lb bagQuaker Quick Oats 42 oz. $2.99Jumbo Sweet Potatoes .33/lb  Have you made your menu for Thanksgiving yet?  Be sure to check out our Happy Healthy Thanksgiving Board on Pinterest where we have rounded up some healthy recipes!  Enjoy!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/150 Frugal Finds 11 13 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/150 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds in our community for the week! Wal-MartGreat Value Canned Veggies .67 Food Lionmy essentials canned veggies .50Ronzoni Pasta-Buy One Get One Free-look for whole wheat varietiesBush's Premium Beans .99my essentials peanut butter $2.39-look for natural peanut buttermy essentials frozen vegetables .97 eachRed Seedless Grapes $1.89/lbSweet Onions .79/lbCarrots .69 1 lb bag AldiBaby Carrots .69 1 lb bagSweet Onions .99 2 lb bag KrogerKroger Gallon Skim Milk $2.79Kroger 18 ct large eggs $1.99Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbBroccoli Bunch $2.00 eachMini Peeled Carrots .99 1 lb bagHunt's Tomatoes or Rotel Tomatoes .99 Part of the Buy 10, Save $5 promotion, price goes down to .49 if you buy 10 participating products.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/149 Frugal Finds 11 4 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/149 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this week in MHC! Find out some tips to help you save money at the store! Kroger:Kroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbKroger Skim Milk-Gallon $2.79Red, White, or Black Seedless Grapes $1.48/lbHunt's Tomatoes or Rotel Tomatoes .99, part of Buy 10 participating products, save $5, cost would then be .49Broccoli $2.00Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbBirds Eye Vegetables or Green Giant Steamers (look for frozen spinach) $1.99, part of the Buy 10 promotion, cost would then be $1.49Kroger Frozen Vegetables or Select Green Giant Frozen Vegetables $1.00 Wal-MartBoneless Skinless Chicken Breast $2.09/lb  Aldi:Bananas .44/lbRed Grapes 2 lb bag $2.58Gala Apples 3 lb bag $2.29 Food Lion:Mini Carrots 1 lb bag .89 eachRed Delicious Apples 3 lb bag $2.49Bush's Premium Beans .99my essentials long grain rice 3 lb bag $1.49 each (look for brown rice)Bunch of Broccoli $1.79 eachWhite Onions .89/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/148 Frugal Finds 10 30 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/148 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds in our area for the week.  Wal-Mart will not be featured. Frugal Finds in our area for this week! Aldi:Yellow Onions .99 3 lb bagBaby Carrots .69 1 lb bagFresh Family Pack Chicken Breasts 5 lb avg. $1.89/lb Food Lion:Boneless Chicken Breast Value Pack $1.99/lbRoyal Gala Apples .99/lbBirds Eye Steamfresh Blends $2.00Red Seedless Grapes $1.79/lbYellow Onions .79/lbRomaine Lettuce $1.29 each Kroger:Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbKroger 18 ct. Large Eggs $1.99Red Gold Canned Tomatoes $1.00 Wal-Mart is not featured this week, as they did not have any of the pantry/fridge staples in their ad.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/147 Frugal Finds 10 23 and Weekly Food Budget of $50? http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/147 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:00:00 -0500 AldiGala Apples, Golden Delicious Apples, or Granny Smith Apples 3 lb. bag $2.19Wal-MartBirds Eye Steamfresh Frozen Vegetables $1.00 (look for spinach)Red Delicious Apples $1.37/lb Food LionRed or Golden Delicious Apples 3 lb bag $2.99Boneless Chicken Breast $2.49/lbGreen Giant Boxed Vegetables $1.25 (look for spinach)Yellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.79Garlic .501 lb bag mini carrots $1.29Broccoli Crowns $1.39/lbKrogerPerdue Boneless Chicken Breast 50% offKroger Gallon Skim Milk $2.79Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbSimple Truth Organic Mini Peeled Carrots 1 lb bag $1.50Barilla Pasta $1.00 (look for Whole Wheat varieties)Kroger Peanut Butter $1.88 (look for natural peanut butter) And, we have a special feature this week.  Have you ever tried to stick to a weekly budget of $50?  We found an article that talks about shopping at the Dollar Store for some staples and keeping it under $50.  There are some other tips about meal planning and couponing too!  We want to hear from you-what are your money saving tips to eating healthy meals throughout the week?    http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/146 Frugal Finds 10 16 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/146 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:00:00 -0500 All 4 stores that we feature have a lil something for you off of the 25 Pantry/Fridge Staples list. Aldi:Yellow Onions 3 lb bag .99 Food Lion:Red Seedless Grapes $1.29/lbGala Apples 3 lb bag $2.99Del Monte Canned Tomatoes .99my Essentials long grain rice (look for brown rice) 3 lb bag $1.97my essentials frozen vegetables 32 oz.  $1.97Jumbo White Onions .89/lb Kroger:Kroger Value Boneless Chicken Breast $1.99/lbGala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbRomaine Lettuce .99 each Wal-MartHoney Crisp Apples $2.47/lbRed Delicious Apples $1.37/lbGala 3 lb bag $3.97  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/145 Frugal Finds 10 9 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/145 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this Week in MHC! Wal-Mart will not be featured in this week's Frugal Finds as they did not have food related items in their on-line ad. Aldi:Honey Crisp Apples 2 lb bag $2.29Bananas .39/lbSweet Potatoes 3 lb bag $1.19Red Grapes $1.29/lb, $2.58 for 2 lb bag Food Lion:Red Delicious or Granny Smith Apples $1.29/lbBarilla Pasta Buy One Get One Free, look for whole wheat varietiesRotel Tomatoes .99 eachmy essentials canned vegetables .67Romaine Leaf Lettuce $1.29 eachSweet Onions .99/lbCarrots 1 lb .69Garlic .50Food Lion is running a promotion right now, check their ad for more details on how you can get a $20 voucher towards your food purchases. Kroger:Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbKroger Yellow Onions 3 lb bag .99Tyson Split Chicken Breast $1.29/lbPerdue Boneless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/144 Frugal Finds-9 25 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/144 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds this week in MHC! Here are the Frugal Finds for this week:Wal-Mart is not featured as their ad this week focuses on cold/flu season items!Kroger:Gala or Ginger Gold Apples .99/lbKroger Gallon Skim Milk$2.77Romaine Lettuce .99Tyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.99/lbFood Lion:Gala Apples 3 lb bag $2.99 eachRonzoni Pasta Buy One Get One Free-Check for whole wheat varieties!Del Monte Canned Vegetables $1.00Red Seedless Grapes $1.69/lbRomaine Lettuce $1.29Jumbo White Onions .89/lbAldi:Sweet Onions 2 lb bag .89Carrots 2 lb bag .79 Happy Shopping and Come Back Next Week for more Frugal Finds!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/143 Frugal Finds 9 18 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/143 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Here are the local frugal finds in MHC. Kroger:Perdue Boneless Chicken Breast 50% offHoney Crisp Apples $1.99/lbMini Peeled Carrots .99Romaine Lettuce .99 eachRed, White, or Black Seedless Grapes $1.79/lbRotel Diced Tomatoes $1.00 Food Lion:Broccoli $2.00Food Lion or my essentials tomatoes .59Eggland's Best Large Eggs $2.50 Aldi:Red Grapes/Green Grapes .99/lbYellow Onions 3 lb bag .99 Wal-Mart:2.5 Dozen Large Eggs $4.28  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/142 Frugal Finds 9 11 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/142 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Here are the Frugal Finds for our area, Wal-Mart will not be featured this week. Wal-Mart will not be featured this week as their ad did not have food items. Food LionMini Carrots 1 lb bag Buy One Get One FreeTuttorosso Tomatoes 28 oz  Buy One Get One Freemy essentials frozen vegetables 16 oz .97Eggland's Best Large Eggs Dozen $2.50Romaine Lettuce $1.29 eachYellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.79 AldiBaby Carrots 16 oz .69 KrogerGala, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbKroger 18 ct large eggs $1.37, part of the Buy 5, Save $5 promotionRomaine Lettuce .99 eachRed, White, or Black Seedless Grapes $1.69/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/141 Frugal Finds 9 4 13 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/141 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds this week in MHC. The 4 major retailers in our area each have a little something in their ads this week. Wal-MartGala Apples 3 lb bag $3.97Clamshell Grapes 48 oz. $3.98Bush's Best Black or Pinto Beans .92Hunt's Diced Tomatoes .98 KrogerGinger Gold Apples .99/lbKroger 18 ct. large eggs $2.37 (can be lower price if you buy products in the Buy 5 save $5 promotion)Broccoli Bunch .99Romaine Lettuce .99 eachMini Peeled Carrots .99Simple Truth Organic Beans $1.00 AldiGrapes .99/lb $1.98 for bagBananas .44/lbFit and Active Nonfat Yogurt 32 oz. $1.99 Food LionBoneless Chicken Breast Value Pack $1.99/lbGala Apples 3 lb bag $2.99my Essentials canned vegetables .50my Essentials long grain rice-look for brown rice variety $1.97Garlic .50Jumbo White Onions .89/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/140 Frugal Finds 8 28 2013 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/140 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for MHC this week.  Aldi will not be featured. Here are your frugal finds for this week.  Aldi will not be featured as they do not have any items from the 25 Pantry/Fridge Staples list.Wal-MartBoneless, skinless chicken breast $1.99/lbWhite Onions .95/lbGala Apples 3 lb bag $4.47KrogerPerdue Boneless Chicken Breast $2.99/lbBroccoli Bunch $1.50Red, White, Black Seedless Grapes $1.69/lbRomaine Lettuce .99Mini Peeled Carrots .99Kroger Pasta-look for whole wheat varieties .99Food Lion:Green Seedless Grapes $1.29/lbmy essentials canned vegetables .67my essentials or food lion pasta, look for whole wheat varietes .99my essentials frozen vegetables 32 oz $1.97Broccoli Crowns $1.59/lbRomaine Lettuce $1.29 each3 lb bag yellow onions $1.79  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/139 Frugal Finds 8 21 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/139 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this week in MHC. Wal-Mart will not be featured as we could not find anything in their online ad. Aldi:Sweet Onions 2 lb bag .99Baby Carrots 16 oz package .59 Kroger:Kroger Brand Skim Milk $2.89 gallonKroger Canned Vegetables or Tomatoes 10 for $5.00Red, White, or Black Seedless Grapes $1.69/lbRomaine Lettuce .99 eachTyson Boneless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb Food Lion:Red Seedless Grapes $1.29/lbGreen Giant Canned Vegetables .99 eachStonyfield Yogurt 32 oz. $3.89Red Delicious Apples or Granny Smith Apples 3 lb bag $3.49 eachBaby Carrots 1 lb bag $1.29Yellow Onions .99/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/138 Frugal Finds 8 14 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/138 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Local Frugal Finds for this week in MHC! Kroger:18 ct large eggs $1.99Broccoli $1.50 per bunchRomaine Lettuce .99 eachVidalia Sweet Onions .99/lbTyson Split Chicken Breasts $1.49/lbWal-Mart:Large Grade A Eggs 2.5 dozen $4.28Aldi:Red or Green Grapes .99/lb, comes in 2 lb bag $1.98 per bagBananas .44/lbFood Lion:2 lb bag carrots .99 eachJumbo White Onions .89/lb Happy Shopping  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/137 Frugal Finds August 7, 2013 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/137 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Not much on sale this week. Wal-Mart and Aldi will not be featured in this week's Frugal Finds, as they did not have any items on the 25 Grocery Staples list in their ads.Kroger:Red, White, or Black Seedless Grapes .99/lbPerdue Boneless Chicken Breast 50% offRomaine Lettuce .99 eachFood Lion:Green Seedless Grapes $1.29/lbmy essentials yogurt 32 oz. $2.47Cripps Pink Lady Apples 3 lb bag $3.49Broccoli Crowns $1.59/lbRomaine Leaf Lettuce $1.29 eachSweet Onions 5 lb bag $3.79 each  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/136 Frugal Finds-July 31 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/136 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 This week's Frugal Finds in MHC! Wal-Mart:2.5 dozen eggs $3.98 Aldi:Red Grapes .99/lb, $1.98 for 2 poundsBananas .44/lb Kroger:Kroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbBarilla Pasta $1.00, look for whole wheat varietiesRomaine Lettuce .99 Food Lion:Nature's Place All Natural Chicken 33% offRonzoni Pasta 12-16 oz Buy One Get One Free, look for whole wheat varietiesmy essentials frozen blueberries 16 oz. $3.22Garlic .50Yellow Onions $1.79 for a 3 lb bagBroccoli Bunch $1.89 each  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/135 Frugal Finds-July 24 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/135 Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Not much in the ads this week folks! Wal-Mart is not featured this week as their website would not load a weekly ad. Aldi:Vidalia Onions 2 lb bag .99 Kroger:Red Seedless Grapes .88/lbKroger Skim Milk-Gallon $2.89Mini Peeled Carrots 16 oz $1.00Vidalia Onions .99/lb Food Lion:Red Onions .99/lbCripps Pink Lady or Fuji Apples $1.59/lbSweet Potatoes .69/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/134 Frugal Finds 7 17 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/134 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 A round up of this week's Frugal Finds All 4 major retailers in our area have at least 1 item on the Frugal Finds list in their ad for this week. Aldi:Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Breasts $2.49/lbGreen and Red Grapes .99/lb, comes in 2 lb bag $1.98 Peanut Delight Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz. $1.89 Food Lion:my Essentials frozen vegetables 32 oz. $1.97my Essentials large white eggs 1 dozen $1.39Romaine Lettuce $1.69 eachYellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.79Broccoli Crowns $1.59/lb Kroger:Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts 50% offRomaine Lettuce .99 eachWhite Seedless Grapes .99/lbRotel Diced Tomatoes $1.00Simple Truth Organic Beans $1.00 Wal-Mart:Dole Frozen Berry Blend 12 oz. $2.96  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/133 Frugal Finds 7 10 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/133 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this Week in MHC.  Wal-Mart will not be featured as they did not have food related items in the ad posted on their site. Kroger:Tyson Split Chicken Breasts $1.19/lbKroger 18 ct. Large Eggs $1.99Romaine Lettuce .99 eachVidalia Onions .99/lb Aldi:Baby Carrots .59 for 16 oz. Food Lion:Nature's Place Boneless Chicken BReast $3.99/lbMueller's Pasta 12-16 oz.  Buy One Get One Free-look for whole wheat varietiesmyEssentials Long Grain Rice 3 lb bag-look for brown rice $1.97Granny Smith or Red Delicious Apples 3 lb bag $3.49Garlic 2/$1.00Microwave Sweet Potatoes .79 eachBaby Carrots 2 lb package $2.59Jumbo White Onions .89/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/132 Frugal Finds 7 3 2013 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/132 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0500 This week's roundup-Aldi will not be featured. Wal-Mart2.5 dozen eggs $3.98Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt 32 oz $4.88Bulk Red Onions $1.25 Kroger:Red Seedless Grapes .99/lbKroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbRomaine .99 each Food LionFrozen Blueberries $3.22Frozen Vegetables .97Romain Lettuce $1.49Sweet Onions 5 lb bag $3.49  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/131 Frugal Finds 6 19 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/131 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Local finds in MHC for the week. Quick note, there will not be a Frugal Finds Post for next Wednesday, June 26, but we will be back July 3 to get you ready for your 4th of July Cookouts! Also, Wal-Mart is not featured in this week's Frugal Finds as they did not have anything from the 25 Pantry/Fridge Staples. Aldi:Red Seedless Grapes .99/lb Kroger:Skim Milk, Gallon $2.89Romaine Lettuce .99 Food Lion:Red Seedless Grapes $1.29/lbSweet Onions .89/lbBroccoli Crowns $1.59/lbRomaine Lettuce $1.49 each  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/130 Frugal Finds 6 12 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/130 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this week, Wal-Mart will not be featured. Aldi:Red Onions 2 lb bag $1.29 Food Lion:my Essentials large white eggs $1.39Red Delicious Apples $1.39/lbJumbo White Onions .89/lbSweet Potatoes .59/lbMy Essentials Frozen Vegetables $1.97 each Kroger:Simple Truth Natural Chicken 20% offKroger Pasta-look for whole wheat .99Romaine Lettuce .99Tyson Boneless Chicken Breast $2.99/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/129 Frugal Finds 6 5 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/129 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Find in our Community for this week! Wal-MartBoneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbDel Monte Canned Tomatoes .98Aldi:Vidalia Onions .89 2 lb bagKroger:1/2 Gallon Skim Milk $1.77-remember to look at unit price, that gallon may be cheaper!Dannon Yogurt 32 oz $2.00Romaine Lettuce .99Tyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.99/lbJumbo Fuji Apples .88/lbFood Lion:Food Lion Canned Tomatoes .75Large White Eggs 18 ct $2.00Vidalia Onions 5 lb bag $2.99Baby Carrots 1 lb bag $1.29Broccoli Crowns $1.49/lbNatural Brown Rice 16 oz bag .77  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/128 Frugal Finds 5 29 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/128 Wed, 29 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 This Week's Frugal Finds! Wal-Mart will not be featured as it did not have food items this week!Food Lion:my essentials yogurt 32 oz/ $2.47Gala Apples 3 lb bag $2.99Jumbo White Onions .89/lbmy essentials or food lion pasta-look for whole wheat .99Aldi:Bananas .44/lbFit and Active Vanilla Nonfat Yogurt 32 oz. $1.99Season's Choice Frozen Fruit 16 oz. $1.99Season's Choice Frozen Blueberries 12 oz. $2.49Kroger:Kroger Value Chicken Breasts $1.99/lb18 ct large eggs $1.99Dannon Yogurt 32 oz. $2.00San Giorgio Pasta-look for whole wheat $1.00Romaine Lettuce .99 each  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/127 Frugal Finds-May22 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/127 Wed, 22 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Not a lot in the ads this week folks!  But, here it goes:Wal-Mart:  Sweet Onions $3.00 4-5 lb bagAldi:Vidalia onions .99 for 2 lb bagKroger:Kroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbGreen Giant Canned Vegetables .50Romaine Lettuce .99Select variety of apples .99/lbFood Lion:Vidalia Onions .69/lbRomaine Lettuce $1.29Broccoli $1.49/lbMueller's Pasta, look for whole wheat $1.89 and on sale for Buy One Get One Free  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/126 Frugal Finds-May 15 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/126 Wed, 15 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds in our area! This week, Wal-Mart will not be featured as they did not have anything in the ad that is featured on the 25 Pantry/Fridge Staples List.Kroger:Skim Milk-Gallon $2.79Kroger 18 ct eggs $1.77Gala, Fuji, Red or Golden Delicious Apples .99/lbRomaine Lettuce .99Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, look for spinach $2.00Aldi:Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Jumbo Pack $1.69/lbFood Lion:Gala Apples .99/lbYellow Onions .79/lbGarlic .50myessentials frozen vegetables .97  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/125 Frugal Finds- May 8 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/125 Wed, 08 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for Martinsville and Henry County. Wal-Mart will once again not be featured in this week's Frugal Finds as their entire ad this week was focused on frozen sweet treats! Kroger:**Starting May 12, Kroger will no longer be doubling coupons!  All coupons will be accepted at face value**Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts 50% offRomaine Lettuce .99Kroger 18 ct eggs $1.77Barilla Pasta $1.00-look for whole wheat varietyBird's Eye Vegetables (frozen) $2.00Lunchbox Apples .99/lbSweet Vidalia Onions .39/lb Aldi:Bananas .44/lb Food Lion:Food Lion Canned Tomatoes .69my essentials large white eggs $1.69Vidalia Onions 5 lb bag Broccoli Crowns $1.29/lbBaby Carrots $1.29Braeburn or Jazz Apples $1.39/lbMueller's Pasta $3.29 each, part of Buy One Get One Free promotion, look for whole wheat variety.   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/124 Frugal Finds-5 1 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/124 Wed, 01 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 There are quite a few deals on Vidalia onions this week!   Wal-Mart will once again not be featured in our Frugal Finds for this week as they did not have any items on our list. Before we hop into this week's finds, SparkPeople.com, which is a free website, sent this out recently about how much food $20 could buy you and your family.  I think you may be surprised how far $20 will go!  Check out the article here!  Kroger:1/2 gallon skim milk $1.77-CHECK THE UNIT PRICE!  The last time a Coalition staffer was in Kroger, when they looked at the unit price, the Gallon size of Skim Milk was actually the better deal!  Be smart shoppers!Kroger Canned Tomatoes $1.00Iceberg/Romaine Lettuce .99Lunchbox Apples .99/lbVidalia Jumbo Sweet Onions .99/lbOrganic Mini Peeled Carrots $1.69Kroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lb Aldi:Lettuce .69Sweet Onions .79 for 2 lb bag Food Lion:my essentials large white eggs 18 ct. $2.00Vidalia Onions 5 lb bag $1.99Red Delicious Apples 3 lb bag $2.99Sweet Potatoes .59/lbRomaine Lettuce $1.29Carrot Chips $1.79Boneless Chicken Breast Value Pack $1.79/lb  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/123 Frugal Finds-4 24 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/123 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 This week's Frugal Finds for our community! Wal-Mart will not appear today, as their ad this week focused on gardening. Aldi:Bananas .44/lbGranny Smith Apples $2.19 3 lb bag Kroger:Vidalia Jumbo Sweet Onions .99/lbTyson Split Chicken Breasts $1.29/lb Food Lion:Fuji or Pink Lady Apples $1.39/lbVidalia Onions .69/lbBaby Carrots $2.79 2 lb bagGarlic .50Muellers Pasta $1.00-look for whole wheat variety  Happy Shopping!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/122 Frugal Finds 4 17 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/122 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 The Frugal Finds in MHC for this week.   This week, Wal-Mart's ad focused mainly on camping and fishing, and did not have any Frugal Finds Staples in their ad, so they will not be featured in this week's finds.  However, there are some deals at Kroger, Aldi, and Food Lion.Aldi:Red Onions $1.29 for a 2 lb bagKroger:Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts 50% offKroger Skim Milk (Gallon size) $2.79Cameo or Braeburn Apples .99/lbRed or Black Seedless Grapes $1.29/lbFood Lion:Green Giant Canned Vegetables .80Luck's Beans .80Gala Apples .99/lbRed Seedless Grapes $1.29/lbJumbo White Onions $1.19/lbBroccoli Crowns $1.69/lbmy essentials frozen vegetables .97  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/121 Frugal Finds 4 10 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/121 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 This week's frugal finds for MHC! Before we hop into this week's Frugal Finds, just a quick reminder for you savvy shoppers out there.  Be sure to check the UNIT price on items that you are buying.  Case in point, a Coalition staff member went to Kroger last week to buy milk.  The ad showed a half gallon for $1.77.  However, when the staff member checked the unit price on the gallon of milk, it was actually a better deal to purchase the gallon of milk rather than the sale priced half gallon!  Remember, grocery stores are in the business of making money and sometimes they try to pull some fast ones on us, so always be alert!   Here are this week's Frugal Finds!Aldi:Bagged Spinach .99Red Delicious Apples 3 lb bag $1.99Season's Choice Frozen Strawberries, Peaches, or Mixed Fruit $1.99Wal-Mart:Rotel Diced Tomatoes .98Skippy Peanut Butter (look for natural PB) $4.08 26.5-28 oz.  Be sure to check around for the Wal-Mart brand of Natural Peanut Butter too-may be cheaper as Skippy is a name-brand!Kroger:Tyson Split Chicken Breasts .99/lbSan Giorgio or Smart Taste Pasta $1.00Kroger Peanut Butter (look for natural)  $2.99Broccoli $1.50Organic Mini Carrots (bagged) $1.99Peter Pan Peanut Butter (look for natural) $1.49 when you buy 5 participating products in sale.Food Lion: Canned Vegetables .67Food Lion or My Essentials Canned Tomatoes .99My essentials extra large eggs $2.00my essentials 32 oz. yogurt $2.17Strawberries 2 lb tub $3.79Red Delicious or Granny Smith Apples 3 lb bag $2.50Yellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.79Carrots 2 lb package .99Peter Pan Peanut Butter (look for natural) $2.50  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/120 Frugal Finds 4 3 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/120 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 We're excited that spring is finally here, as fresh fruits and vegetables will be readily available in the stores! This week, Kroger and Food Lion have several of the staples in their weekly ad.  Wal-Mart and Aldi only had 1 item each.Wal-Mart:Grade A Large Eggs 2.5 dozen $3.98 Aldi:Red Grapes .99/lb, $1.98 for a 2 lb packageKroger:Red Seedless Grapes $1.79/lbSan Giorgio Pasta $1.00-be sure to look for Whole Wheat varietyKroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lbKroger Skim Milk Half Gallon $1.77-be sure to check unit price on the Gallon to make sure you are getting the best deal!Kroger Frozen Vegetables/PictSweet Steamables $1.00Mini Peeled Carrots 1 lb Bag $1.00Kroger Peanut Butter $2.00-look for Natural PBGala, Fuji, Red or Golden Delicious Apples $1.29/lbFood Lion:Luck's Beans (canned) .80my Essentials Canned Vegetables .67Bush's Black Beans (canned) $1.00Rotel Diced Tomatoes $1.00Red Seedless Grapes $1.29/lbSweet Onions .79/lbBraeburn or Jazz Apples $1.37/lbGarlic .50Ronzoni Pasta Buy one at $1.79, get one free.  Be sure to look for Whole Wheat varieties.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/119 Frugal Finds-March 27 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/119 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Here is the weekly roundup of Frugal Finds in our area AND a recipe featuring several of the 25 Pantry/Fridge Staples. Wal-MartLarge Grade A Eggs 2.5 dozen $3.98Birds Eye Big Bag Frozen Vegetables 48-80 oz.  $5.98 Kroger:Tyson Split Chicken Breasts .99/lbSweet Potatoes .69/lbKroger 18 ct. large eggs $1.99Kroger Frozen Vegetables or Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables 9-12 oz $1.00Kroger Canned Vegetables .69Birds Eye Vegetables 10-13 oz. $2.00  Aldi:Yellow Onions .99 for a 3 lb bagBaby Carrots .59 for a 1 lb bagSweet Potatoes .89 for a 3 lb bagCanned Green Beans .49 Food LionGreen Giant Canned Vegetables .79myEssentials Large Eggs $1.79Sweet Potatoes .69 a lbRed Delicious Apples $3.49 for a 3 lb bagBaby Carrots $1.29 for a 1 lb bagYellow Onions $1.79 for a 3 lb bag Recipe:  Creamy Mashed Sweet Potato 6 servings, .5 cup eachIngredients:1-1/2lb. sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks1-1/2cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth4oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Fat Free Cream Cheese, cubed1/2cup PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, toasted1/4tsp. ground nutmeg Directions:PLACE potatoes in large saucepan. Add broth; cover. Bring to boil on medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 min. Uncover; simmer an additional 8 to 10 min. or until most of the broth is absorbed and potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.MASH potatoes to desired consistency using a hand masher or electric mixer, gradually adding cream cheese and mixing until melted.STIR in almonds and nutmeg.Nutrition:Calories 140 Total fat 4.5 g Saturated fat 0.5 g Cholesterol 5 mg Sodium 280 mg Carbohydrate 19 g Dietary fiber 3 g Sugars 9 g Protein 8 g Vitamin A 290 %DV Vitamin C 20 %DV Calcium 15 %DV Iron 6 %DV Recipe Source:  http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/creamy-mashed-sweet-potatoes-109205.aspx    http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/118 Tip Thursday-Adjusting from Indoors to Outdoors http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/118 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 With spring officially here, we have a feeling you may want to get off the treadmill and into the fresh, hopefully warmer air! Today's tips are about the adjustment from indoor walking/running on a treadmill to walking/running in the great outdoors! Running: Adjust from indoor to outdoor running by reducing the mileage.  If you slow down and add more walk breaks, you will probably be able to cover the same distance you've been logging on the treadmill.  But feel free to cut your mileage back a little as you adjust. Beginning to run outside after months indoors can be a shock to your body.  Ease into it by going outside once a week.  If you've been running continuously for 30 minutes on the treadmill, when you head out, run one minute and walk one minute for 30 minutes.  On the second week, add another outdoor run and increase the run/walk ratio to 2:1.  Gradually decrease your indoor time as you increase your outdoor time.Information from the Runner's World Daily Calendar Walking:For those who are treadmill walkers, it's great because you were in a climate-controlled environment, the surface was flat, had some give for your knees, and even with an incline you weren't giving your muscles the same variability or challenge as you would with walking outdoors.  You may even notice that your treadmill workout was faster or that you covered more distance than when you made the switch to the outdoors!  You may notice that you have a harder time walking at the same speed or distance when outdoors.  Walking outdoors is more challenging and uses the body differently. No matter if you are a walker/runner, this article from SparkPeople does a great job of pointing out the differences between treadmill walking/running vs. outdoor walking/running.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/116 Frugal Finds-March 13 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/116 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Here are the finds from this week! Here are the local finds in MHC for this week.  Please note that Wal-Mart did not have an ad with food in it for this week, so no items will appear.  Also, there will be no Frugal Finds posting next week!  Sorry for any inconvenience, but we know you can scour the ads and find the best deals for you and your family.  If you need a refresher on the 25 Pantry/Fridge Staples, click here.Kroger:Tyson Split Chicken Breasts .99/lbWhite Seedless Grapes $1.89/lbDel Monte Tomatoes $1.00-be sure to check for Kroger brand and compare unit prices to make sure you are getting the best deal!Kroger Beans .69Kroger Peanut Butter $2.50-look for natural varietyPacific Rose Apples $1.49/lb AldiGreen Grapes .99/lb or $1.98 for a 2 lb packageBaby Carrots .69Frozen Berries/Fruits $1.99 Food LionmyEssentials Canned Vegetables .50Green Seedless Grapes $1.79/lbGala Apples $2.99 for 3 lb bagBaby Peeled Carrots $2.59 for a 2 lb bagYellow Onions  $1.79 for a 3 lb bagmyEssentials Frozen Vegetables .97 each, look for frozen spinach Happy Shopping!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/117 100 Mile Challenge-Motivation Monday 3 18 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/117 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 We issued a survey on Day 50 of the Challenge, our halfway point.  Here are some of the successes that YOU, the participants shared with us!   We had over 50 people complete the survey, so we have divided the responses in half and we will showcase the first half this Monday and the second half next Monday, March 25th.  We are completely in awe with what you all are telling us!  It's amazing how 50 days made a difference in each of your lives!  We can't wait to hear about your successes at 100 days!  Keep up the great work!*I am a dress size smaller.*I ran 2 miles all the way through for the first time ever!*I have the ability to walk longer and further.  Much stronger desire to keep walking each day.*I joined the challenge to give myself another way of being accountable during marathon training AND to make sure my dogs weren't being walked less while I ran more. The challenge really made me more accountable to Tito, who is loving our now-daily 4pm walks around town. We always get in at least a mile or two together. It's good for him and also helps my legs recover after running. Win-win! *I'm actually thinking about trying to walk now.  Before the challenge (before writing the miles down), we didn't think about it much.*With adding the 100 mile challenge to my regular exercise program, I have been successful in seeing a little weight loss and lots of toning. Thank you for offering this challenge....it is a great motivation to do some type of physical activity EVERY DAY!*I started walking at least 5 days a week last June. This program helped me to stay focused during the winter months when it is really hard to stay motivated. Once daylight savings time begins, I'll be back outside at 7 am each day for my 30 minute walk, and say goodbye to the treadmill until next winter! *Feel better since I've been walking; have more energy. The pedometer makes me more conscious of my steps and I find that I think of ways to get in more steps throughout the day. I have gotten in at least 2 miles everyday and the most I have walked since starting was 6 miles in one day-I was very proud of myself! *It has kept me more focused to get up and walk every morning*Just by being in the program, I feel obligated to complete the miles each week. The accountability has certainly helped keep me motivated and hopefully is starting some healthy life style changes.*Although I am active and enjoy running/walking, it has been a tremendous motivator for me to be accounted for and also promoting the program to others helps to build relationships and support groups.*Due to the challenge, I have been walking most days this winter, which I have never done before. I have more energy and have not been sick at all. My general health seems to have improved in every way. Thanks again for the challenge!!!*I have noticed that my recovery time after running is quicker. I am also able to run for longer durations. *I started weight watchers at the end of November to hopefully lose weight and become more healthy. I wanted a more fit me in 2013. I started the 100 miles in 100 days with a friend in hopes it would help. I am now 25lbs lighter and exercising more. I am feeling much better about myself these days!   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/115 Frugal Finds-March 6 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/115 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 All 4 large grocery stores in the area have items from our 25 Pantry/Fridge Staples List! This week, the "bigger" stores in our area all have items from our 25 Pantry/Fridge Staples List!  Be sure to check the unit prices on a few of the items to make sure you are getting the best deal! Aldi:Yellow Onions .99 for a 3 lb bagCarrots .69 for a 2 lb bagSeason's Choice Frozen Raspberries or Blueberries 12 oz for $1.99 eachSeason's Choice Frozen Strawberries, Peaches, or Mixed Fruit 16 oz for $1.99 each Kroger:Kroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99 per poundKroger 18 count large eggs $1.99Kroger Milk Half Gallon $1.77 (look at the unit price of the half gallon vs gallon)Bird's Eye Frozen Vegetables $2.00Del Monte Tomatoes $1.00Red Seedless Grapes $2.49 per poundPacific Rose Apples $1.49 per pound Food Lion:Rotel/Hunt's Tomatoes $1.00myEssentials diced tomatoes .69Jazz or Pinata Apples $1.79 per poundCarrot Chips 16 oz $1.59Mueller's Pasta-look for whole wheat variety $1.79 each and buy one get one freemyEssentials Long Grain Rice-look for brown rice .77 for 1 lb Wal-MartGrade A Large Eggs 2.5 dozen $3.98Peeled Baby Carrots $2.50 for 2 poundsDole Ready Cut Fruit 14 oz for $2.96Harvestland Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $5.18/lbHappy Shopping!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/114 Frugal Finds and Recipe for 2.27 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/114 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Here is this week's round up with recipe that uses some of the items on our 25 Fridge/Pantry Staples. This week, Wal-Mart's ad did not have any food items, so they will not be featured in this week's edition. Kroger:Red Seedless Grapes $1.99/lbTyson Split Chicken Breasts .99/lbKroger Skim Milk (Gallon) $2.79Del Monte Canned Vegetables $1.00Kroger or Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables $1.00Bush's Beans or Red Gold Canned Tomatoes $1.00Kroger Pasta (be sure to look for whole wheat) $1.00Organic Broccoli (look to see what the unit price is on non-organic broccoli to make sure you're getting the best deal!)  $2.00Organic Gala or Fuji Apples (again, look for non-organic apples and compare unit prices!)  $1.79/lbKroger Canned Beans .69 Aldi:Baby Carrots 16 oz. .59Fresh Chicken Breasts $1.69/lbBenita Salsa Diced Tomatoes .89 Food Lion:Eggland's Best Large Eggs $2.50 (check to see if the Food Lion Brand unit price is better, Eggland is a name brand)Green Seedless Grapes $1.89/lbRed Delicious Apples 3 lb bag for $3.49Sweet Onions .89/lbGarlic .50Broccoli Crowns $1.69/lbBirds Eyes Steam Fresh Frozen Vegetables $1.00myEssentials or Food Lion Pasta (look for whole wheat) .98Boneless Chicken Breast Value Pack $1.99/lb Here is this month's recipe using some of the ingredients from the 25 Fridge/Pantry Staples and some items you may already have around your house.  Breakfast Smoothies makes 4 8 oz servings1.5 cups (12 oz) plain fat-free yogurt3-4 bananas, peeled, cut into chunks14 oz. strawberries, stems removed, roughly chopped to equal 3 cups1/4 cup skim milk2 tbsp honey1 cup ice Gradually add all ingredients to the jar of a blender, puree until smooth.  Serve immediately.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/113 Frugal Finds for 2 20 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/113 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this week in MHC! This week is a pretty light week as far as the frugal finds 25 pantry/fridge staples go. The Wal-Mart ad this week had non-grocery items, so no items will be featured.Kroger:Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts are listed at 50% off, no price ranges were given.  Be sure to check for the Kroger brand chicken breasts to find the best deal!Dannon Yogurt 32 oz. $2.00Mini Peeled Carrots 16 oz.  $1.00Kroger Black Beans .69Aldi:Sweet Onions  .89 for a 2 lb bagFood Lion:Green Giant Canned Veggies $1.00Baby Carrots 16 oz. $1.29Yellow Onions 3 lb. bag $1.79Ronzoni Pasta (look for whole wheat) is on a Buy One Get One Free sale, price $1.79 Come back next week as we feature a recipe using pantry/fridge staples and other common low cost items!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/112 Frugal Finds-Feb 13 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/112 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0500 This week's Frugal Finds for MHC. Not much on sale this week in MHC. Wal-Mart and Aldi did not have any of the 25 Pantry/Fridge Staples in their ads. Kroger:Tyson Split Chicken Breast .99 per poundBoneless Chicken Breast $2.79 per pound Kroger Black Beans .69Kroger Frozen Veggies $1.00 Food Lion:Royal Gala Apples .99 per poundSweet Potatoes .69 per poundNature's Place Boneless Chicken Breast was listed as 25% off, but no sale prices were given. Check back next week as we will scour the ads for more finds, but also talk about storage of fresh fruits/vegetables and how long they will last!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/111 Frugal Finds-Feb 4 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/111 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds in the Martinsville Henry County area for this week! Coalition Staff Member, Ruth Anne Collins, found a great article on yahoo that has "The Best Foods for Every Vitamin and Mineral".  Looking through the article, you will see that a lot of foods that appeared on our 25 pantry/fridge staples also appear in the best foods list!  For example:  sweet potatoes, spinach, yogurt.  Be sure to check out the article by clicking here.  Here are the Frugal Finds at our local stores:Kroger:Del Monte Tomatoes are 50% off, they did not give a price in the ad, be sure to compare to store brands.Cameo or Fuji Apples $1.28/lbKroger Value Boneless Chicken Breast $1.99/lbKroger Skim or 1% milk (half gallon) for $1.77-be sure to look at the unit price to see if the half gallon is the better deal in comparison to the gallon.Kroger 18 ct Large Eggs $1.99Dannon 32 oz. yogurt $2.00Kroger Frozen Vegetables/Green Giant Vegetables $1.00Food Lion:Rotel or Hunt's Tomatoes $1.00Luck's Beans .80Red Delicious Apples $3.49 for a 3 lb bagMy Essentials Pasta (look for whole wheat varieties) .98 Aldi:Apples $2.69 for a 3 lb bagPeanut Delight Natural Creamy Peanut Butter 16 oz for $1.99 Wal-Mart:2 1/2 Dozen Large Eggs $3.982 lb. bag of peeled baby carrots $2.50Great Value Pinto or Black Beans .68  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/110 Frugal Finds-Jan 30 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/110 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds for this Week AND some recipes using the staples! This week we have something special for you!  We have found 2 recipes that are great for comfort food, will feed your Super Bowl Party attendees, but they also have ingredients that are in your 25 Pantry/Fridge Staples!  This week, be sure to check out the recipe for Crockpot White Chicken Chili and Double Corn Bread! This week's Frugal Finds:Kroger:Tyson Split Chicken Breasts .99/lbTyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.79/lbBush's Best Beans $1.00Barilla Pasta $1.00Kroger Peanut Butter $2.00-be sure to look for Natural varietiesSan Giorgio/Ronzoni Pasta .79 if you buy 10 participating items in the sale. Hunt's/Rotel Tomatoes, .49-reduced pricing if you buy 10 participating items in the sale. Food Lion:Rotel or Hunt's Tomatoes $1.00my Essentials Nonfat Plain Yogurt 32 oz $2.47Sweet Onions 5 lb bag $3.79Braeburn or Jazz Apples $1.37/lbBaby Carrots 1 lb. bag $1.49Garlic 2/$1.00Aldi:Not much happening at Aldi this week:Baby Carrots .59 for a 1 lb bag.   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/109 Frugal Finds-Jan 23 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/109 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0500 We scoured the ads for this week's deals. Here are this week's deals, please note that the Aldi and Wal-Mart ad did not feature any of our 25 pantry/fridge items, so they will not be included in this week's finds. Food Lion:Canned diced tomatoes 28 oz $1.00Hanover Kidney Beans 40.5 oz $2.00Royal Gala Apples 3 lb bag $2.99Garlic .50Carrots 1 lb bag .69Yellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.79Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables $1.29Ronzoni Pasta-look to see if whole wheat is included in sale $1.00 Kroger:There are 3 items that are part of their current promotion-buy 10 participating products and receive a $5 discount when using your Kroger card.  So, this may be a good time to "stock up" on a few of these staples and get that discount.  The items in the promotion are:Ronzoni or Healthy Harvest Pasta-look for whole wheat .79Bird's Eye Vegetables $1.49Hunt's Canned Tomatoes .49Other sale items this week include:Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts 50% off-be sure to look at the Kroger brand chicken breasts for the best deal.Red or Golden Delicious Apples $1.28 lbKroger Peanut Butter-look to see if natural is included in sale $2.00Barilla Pasta $1.00  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/108 Frugal Finds-Jan. 16 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/108 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0500 A look at the frugal finds in our area for the week of Jan 16 Here are some of the frugal finds in our area:Kroger:Bush's Beans-$1=be sure to look at store brands and the unit prices, may score a better deal Tyson Split Chicken Breast .99/lbBarilla Pasta $1-look to see if they have whole wheat pasta availableKroger Frozen Vegetables $1Broccoli $2 for a bunch Food Lion:Han Over Kidney Beans $2.00 for 40.5 oz.myEssentials large white eggs 18 ct.  $2.50Sweet Onions .89/lbFuji/Golden Delicious Apples 1.37/lbmyEssentials frozen vegetables $1.97/lbRonzoni Pasta 1.79 each-Buy 1 Get 1 Free look to see if whole wheat pastas are included in sale.Aldi:Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Breast $2.49/lbCarrots .69 2 lb. bagSweet Onions .99 3 lb bagFrozen Blueberries 12 oz. $2.49Frozen Strawberries 16 oz. $1.99  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/107 Frugal Finds-Jan 10 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/107 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0500 We apologize for the tardiness of this week's frugal finds. We apologize for the tardiness in getting this week's frugal finds posted.  We have been so busy getting folks registered for the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge, that we completely looked over the Frugal Finds post!  So, without further ado, here are your 25 pantry staples at local stores and pricing: Kroger:Kroger Value Boneless Chicken Breasts $1.99 per poundKroger Medium Eggs .99 for a dozenBarilla Pasta, selected varieties on sale $1.00Kroger  Half Gallon of Milk $1.99-be sure to look at the unit price of the half gallon vs. a full gallon to get the best deal!Jonagold or Cameo Apples .99 per poundJumbo Sweet Onions .99 per pound Aldi:Apples 3 pound bag for $2.69Canned Tomatoes 28 oz for $1.49Frozen Berries $2.39-$3.49 Food LionCanned Tomatoes $1.00Yellow Onions .79 per pound  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/106 Frugal Finds-Jan 2 http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/106 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 12:00:00 -0500 We scoured the ads for you to find the best deals in town! Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a fun and safe time ringing in the New Year! There are probably some of you out there that have made resolutions to eat better/healthier foods, and last week we showed you the 25 pantry/fridge staples that every kitchen should have. This week, we scoured the ads and found items on the staples list and what their prices are!Kroger:  Tyson Boneless Chicken Breasts $2.49/lb (Be sure to check the Kroger brand of chicken breasts, as they may be on a better sale)Cameo Apples .99/lb Wal-Mart:  2 1/2 dozen eggs $3.98 Food Lion:  Bone-In Chicken Breast  .99/lbRed Delicious Apples $2.99/3 lb bagCanned Beans 2/$1.00-be sure to research the stores policy, often times you can receive sale price for only buying 1 of the item.my Essentials Pasta 5/$5.00-look for whole wheat pastasBaby Peeled Carrots 1 lb bag $1.29Leaf Lettuce-Romaine $1.29Yellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.79Garlic 2/$1.00Broccoli Crowns $1.69 each Aldi:Bananas .44/lbBlack Beans .59Non-fat yogurt $1.99Also at Aldi, there is a food scale for $9.99.  We talk a lot in our Diabetes Self Management Classes about portion sizes and one famous line is about chips.  A serving chips may read-28 grams or about 15 chips.  Well, what exactly is a chip?  Is it the super mega huge chip, how many crumbs equal 1 chip, etc.  If you own a food scale, you can weigh out your portion and get exactly what you need!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/105 Frugal Finds-Local Pricing http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/105 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Frugal Finds-The 25 staples that every house should have and local pricing There was an article published in 2011, called 25 Good, Cheap Foods to Keep in Your Kitchen.  You can read the article by clicking here.We looked at the WIC Approved Food List for 2012 and most of the items on the 25 List appear, you may have to adjust sizes to meet the requirements, or other fine details.We went "shopping" at Wal-Mart, Kroger, Food Lion, and Aldi to compare how much it would cost to buy all 25 staples.  There were some issues in the shopping, some of the stores didn't have certain items or they weren't easy to find and I was in the midst of the Christmas rush, so the stores were crowded.We have attached a spreadsheet with the breakdown of the pricing, please note that prices are subject to change due to sales.  One thing that is unique about Aldi, is that you never really know what they are going to have in stock on any given day, so you may need to supplement your grocery shopping by visiting another store.Here is a brief note about the spreadsheet and how some of the totals came to be:With items that have a price range, we used the lowest price and for items that were based on the pound, we kept it simple with just 1 pound of product.  Of course when shopping, not everything is a nice, round number, so keep that in mind. Wal-Mart-reflected in the pricing is name-brand chicken, we were unable to find lentils, and the frozen spinach is name brand as it was difficult to find the store brand. Kroger-reflected in the pricing is name brand chicken, no lentils, no lettuce, and no frozen spinach.Food Lion-(shopped at the location across from Wal-Mart and in the same lot as Rose's).  The prices include name brand canned salmon as there was not a store brand alternative, name brand natural peanut butter as there was not a store brand alternative, no lentils, name brand bag of natural almonds as there was not a store brand alternative on the shelf, no romaine lettuce, no garlic, and name brand pasta.Aldi-no lentils, no grapes (they did not receive any in their shipment), no hearty lettuce, no frozen spinach, and no price on the fat-free milk.So as you can see on the spreadsheet, that shopping in the area if you stick with store brands is pretty comparable and competitive.Come back next week as we will scour the ads to find deals on healthy items to help you stock your fridge and pantry!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/104 Frugal Finds-Unit Price http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/104 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Today Frugal Finds talks about the Unit Price of products in the store. When you are shopping in the store, what do you look at when you pick an item off the shelf?  Is it the price?  What kind of sale or special is running, to get the most bang for your buck?   Truth be told, we should be looking at the Unit Price!  Stores have all kinds of tricks and gimmicks up their sleeves to try and derail us from healthy eating and our budgets!  How many times have you seen that bright colored label that advertised a lower price and immediately thought, "that's a great deal, in the cart it goes!"  Stores will also put smaller items on "sale" when in actuality, the bigger item is the better deal because of the unit price.Here is what we are talking about when we say unit price- when you look at a store shelf sticker, you will see the total price-usually large and in bold print, but if you look carefully to the bottom and side of the sticker, you will see the price per ounce.  That is the unit price.  To show you better what we are talking about, check out this worksheet that has been circulated around many agencies and was most recently shared on the Virginia Cooperative Extension facebook page.The next time you go to the grocery store, be sure to do some research, take a calculator with you or pull out that cell phone and do some calculations on your own if the label does not have the unit price listed.  The unit price can be used to compare different brands and different sizes of the same brand to determine which is more cost effective for you and your budget.Along with the unit price, check out buying in bulk.  It is almost always cheaper to buy foods in bulk.  Smart choices are family packs of chicken, steak, or fish and larger bags of potatoes and frozen vegetables.  Before you go shopping though, remember to check if you have enough freezer space!  And, really ask yourself, is this something that I/my family will eat?  If it's not, it doesn't matter how good the deal is if you purchase the item and it just sits in your fridge/freezer only to get thrown out later.Come back next week to check out the Pantry Staples that everyone should have and we are going to price them out at a variety of store locations to show you the pricing options in our community.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/103 Frugal Finds-Couponing http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/103 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0500 You've probably seen the commercials or show, Extreme Couponing, but let's talk about couponing in the real world. The TLC channel, brought us the show Extreme Couponing.  If you have never seen the show, be sure to check out this link for some of the more extreme moments.Coupons have their time and place in shopping, but just because you have a coupon does not mean that you are getting a good deal!  When shopping, be sure to check out the store-brand or generic foods because they are usually just as good and less expensive.  Next week, our Frugal Finds posting will be all about the Unit Price and how to decode store signage!If you are new to coupons or want to brush up on your knowledge, check out this posting from a savvy shopper who operates a blog.When using coupons, make sure that you know the store's policy.  For example, here locally-Aldi does not accept manufacturer coupons.  In the link above, the blogger has links to popular stores and their store policies.  Some stores may double/triple the coupon amount, some exclusions may apply, etc. Also, be sure to read up on store price-matching policies.  We talked briefly last week about sales and how something might be a great deal, but if you're spending more in gas to get there, it's not really all that great, BUT if your local store has a price-match policy, you may be able to score the deal at the store closer to you.Also, with your coupons, make sure that you're using them on something that you would normally buy!  Often times sales and coupons are on products that are not all that healthy, processed foods, or flat out junk food!  You don't want to stock your pantry or fridge with unhelathy options that you aren't going to eat, save your money for healthier options!Do you have any couponing tips that you use on healthy foods?  If so, be sure to send in your tips that may help others while they are shopping.  You can share your tips by e-mailing us here.Come back next week as we talk about the unit price and how to decode those pesky store labels/signs! Information from SparkPeople.com, hip2save.com  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/102 Frugal Finds-An Introduction http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/102 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Participants in our class have spoken-"Eating healthy is expensive", we listened and we now present to you, "Frugal Finds" In our classes, whether it be an aerobics class or an educational class-like our Diabetes Self Management Program, our participants kept saying the same thing."Eating healthy is so expensive"Well, we heard you and we are going to start presenting Frugal Finds on Wednesdays.  For the month of December, we are going to blog about the popular topics related to eating healthy and keeping costs down, and starting Wednesdays in 2013, we'll actually scour the grocery store ads and create a list of healthy options that may be on sale for the week.You may be asking yourself, "why Wednesdays, when the sale papers come out on Sundays?"Well, many of the local grocery stores do put out ads on Sundays, and their sales run Sunday through Saturday.  But Aldi and Food Lion ads come out on Wednesday, and their sales run Wednesday through Tuesday. Onto your first tip:  PLAN, PLAN PLAN!Think about this-when you are going on a roadtrip to a new location, do you just get in the car and hope that you make it?  Chances are, that's not the case.  Some of you may get online and print out directions to your destination, others may punch the information into your GPS.  You may pack some snacks for traveling or at least make some plan for when/where you are going to stop for meals.  So, much like a roadtrip, your trip to the grocery store requires planning.How many of us go to the grocery store, pick up some ingredients, get home and then wonder what are we going to make?  Your first step in planning your grocery store trip is to plan out your meals for the week.  Do you have to stick to this "menu"?  No, but it's much better to go into the store with an idea of what you're going to be making for the week, instead of picking up random ingredients!  Once you decide on your meals-check your cabinets, fridge, and freezer to see what ingredients you already have and write down the things you need.Next, you want to check for the best price.  Check out the sale papers and store website.  In looking for the best price-take into consideration that although the store may be running a super sale, are you going to spend more money in gas getting to the other side of town/county?  Also, be sure to check out if the grocery store has a loyalty card for extra savings-many of the stores in our area do.Make a list. If you write down the items you wish to pick up, you are less likely to wander around and mindlessly pick up whatever looks good!Next Wednesday, we'll talk more about them, but gather up any coupons that you may have for products.  There is nothing more frustrating than going to the store and forgetting your coupons!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/101 How to Create a Diabetes-Friendly Holiday http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/101 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0500 An article that appeared in American Profile (November 11-17, 2012) about how to Create a Diabetes-Friendly Holiday. The holidays are just around the corner, we have parties a plenty to attend, potlucks, and who can forget holiday goodies?  Tackling the holiday season with a healthy outlook can be difficult and often times, people with diabetes have the most trouble, but here's the good news!  You don't have to sit at home alone while others around you celebrate, if you have diabetes and go in with a plan, you too can enjoy the festivities!  Don't plan a special meal.  The way a diabetic person eats, is really the way everyone should eat as it is healthy and well-balanced.  When eating your holiday meals, be sure to choose fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and seafood, whole grains and healthy fats, and limiting sweets and unhealthy fats.Control portions.  People with diabetes can enjoy most traditional recipes as long as the portions are reasonable!  There is no shame in pulling out measuring cups and spoons to keep your portions in check.  While everyone else is hurting from overeating, you'll still be feeling good!Add fresh veggies whenever you can.  Add extra fresh veggies to recipes, you'll be adding nutrition to your dishes!Use herbs, spices, and aromatics.  Return to simplicity.  Casseroles are tricky as you don't really know what is inside of it!  Instead try to eat or prepare roasted vegetables and let natural flavors prevail!Switch to low-fat dairy.  To lower your intake of unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats use low-fat dairy ingredients like reduced fat cream cheese, greek yogurt, nonfat milk.  Why is this important?  Because people with diabetes are at a higher risk of heart disease!  Reduce your risk by making the switch.Offer variety.  Along with the traditional desserts, place a bowl of fruit on the table and offer healthier appetizers like as hummus dip for vegetables, and calorie-free beverages.  Why drink your calories away?Put salad in the spotlight.  Go beyond just lettuce and try something that complements your holiday meal like baby greens with sliced pears and blue cheese crumbles, and for dressing use balsamic vinegar and oil.Do a dry run.  If you're trying new recipes, experiment and tweak as necessary.Get feedback.  If you have diabetes, check your blood glucose two to three hours after your Thanksgiving meal to see what worked and what didn't.  Keep a record so you know what changes to make during the month of December and for other holidays.Article appeared in American Profile, November 11-17, 2012 edition.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/100 November is American Diabetes Month http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/100 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:00:00 -0500 November is American Diabetes Month-GET CHECKED! 25.8 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes.  That is a lot of people with diabetes.  But, then when you see that 7 million people are walking around undiagnosed, it's just scary!    Be sure this November to sit down with your family members and discuss family history of diabetes.  We have had participants in the Diabetes Self Management Program who eat right and exercise, but still got the diabetes diagnosis due to genetics.  Next time you visit your health care provider, discuss having your blood sugar tested to establish a baseline or continue having your blood sugar checked to monitor where you are at.Throughout the month of November, we will be sharing tips and tidbits about folks living with diabetes, so be sure to check in!Today's tidbit is about Paula Deen.Paula Deen revealed earlier in 2012 that she had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 3 years ago. She was recently on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and informed Jay that she had lost about 40 pounds. When asked what she was doing to lose the weight, she said that she was watching her portions, but one of the greatest things she did was cut back on her sweet tea. Paula said that she siphoned out how much sugar she was drinking in her sweet tea, that she drank from about 11:00 a.m. until she went to bed, and it amounted to 1 FULL CUP OF SUGAR! Of course there are some options for those who drink tea-you can lower the amount of sugar used to prepare the tea, switch to no-calorie sweeteners/sugar substitutes or try unsweetened tea.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/99 Motivation Monday-Change the Plan http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/99 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, but never the goal." ~Author Unknown "If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, but never the goal." ~Author Unknown We've all then there-we decide to do something, whether it be eat healthier, work out, get a better job, and the list goes on, but we get stopped in our tracks.  This quote shows that we should never give up on our goal, we just need to change the way we get there!  So sit down tonight, if you have a current goal-evaluate how that is going.  Are you making strides to reach your goal?  Have you been sidelined and stuck?  If you are stuck, it may be time to sit back and re-evaluate your plan.  Brainstorm some new strategies of how to get to your goal!  You can do it!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/98 Motivation Monday-Worth It http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/98 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."  ~Judy Garland "I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it." ~Judy Garland This quote can definitely apply to many areas of your own life.  You've been diagnosed with a chronic health condition, you are trying to lose weight, you are going back to school, etc. Sometimes things don't come easy to us and we have to work hard to get to where we want to be.  We may have struggles along the way.  We may completely fail and have to start over again.  But in the end it's going to be worth it.  Maybe it's the fact that you no longer have to take medication for your chronic condition, maybe you are at your goal weight, maybe you achieved something physically you never thought possible, got the dream job, etc. Go out there and do what you need/want to do!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/96 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/96 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Learn about local programs and what you can do to help protect yourself. During the month of October, it seems like the color pink will be everywhere because it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Did you know that Martinsville and Henry County has a Community Breast Health Initiative?  The program is called, Ladies First:  MHC Community Health Breast Initiative.  Their mission?  Winning the fight against breast cancer by providing breast cancer education and assistance to women in Martinsville and Henry County.  The program seeks to decrease the number of breast cancer related deaths among women by increasing access to screening mammograms and other diagnostic tests for uninsured women in our community and providing education and emphasizing healthy lifestyle choices to women ages 19-45 including the importance of self breast examinations and screening mammography.To learn more about the program, please contact Rita Winbush at 276-638-0787. Susan G. Komen for the Cure recommends that you: Talk to your family to learn about your family health history.Talk to you doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer.Ask you doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are a higher risk.Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40.Know how your breasts look and feel and report any changes to your health care provider right away. Make healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce your risk of breast cancer. Your breast cancer protection planAbout 15% of breast cancer cases are genetic.  The other 85%?  That's where prevention is key.  Take these simple steps to reduce your odds at any age.In your 20's and 30'sStart making daily exercise a habit- one large study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that women who had been doing 10-19 hours of activity per week since they were 20 or 30 had about a 30% lower risk of breast cancer when they got older.  But the American Cancer Society says even less can help protect you:  30 minutes of activity-basically walking the dog-five days a week.  You are getting in your exercise and making your pooch happy too!In your 40'sConsider a new method of birth control-hormonal birth control is linked to a small increase in your chances of getting breast cancer.  As we age, our baseline risk gets higher.  Don't panic and quit your hormonal method without seeing your ob/gyn.  Talk to your doctor about what's best for you.In your 50'sBe careful about putting on pounds-It's easy to gain when your metabolism slows around menopause, but putting on weight during that time seems to be particularly dangerous in terms of your risk for breast cancer.  At every ageLive a little cleaner-there are emerging concerns about exposure to chemicals like BPA that can mimic the effects of estrogen, a hormone that can jump-start some forms of breast cancer.  To lower your exposure, eat fresh food over canned and don't heat food in plastic containers. Source:  Redbook Magazine, October 2012 issue.     http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/97 Motivation Monday-Desire http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/97 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Motivation from Mario Andretti "Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal-a commitment to excellence-that will enable you to attain the success you seek."~Mario Andretti   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/95 Motivation Monday-Seven Days http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/95 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them." "There are seven days in the week and someday isn't one of them"  ~Anonymous How often do we say that we want to do something and say, "oh we'll do it someday", "we'll get around to it someday", etc.   This quote breaks it down quite simply.  Seven days in the week, and not one of them is someday, so stop putting off your "someday" wish list, goals, and dreams and start making them happen!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/94 Motivation Monday-No Secrets to Success http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/94 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."~ Colin Powell   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/93 Motivation Monday-Tracking http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/93 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Tracking what you eat. "If you bite it, write it.  If you snack it, track it.  If you nibble it, scribble it.  If you hog it, log it.  Grab your pencil before your utensil".It's a cute little saying, isn't it?  But, this week we challenge you to look at what you are eating.  So many times we talk to our friends and family about how the scale won't budge, or perhaps it's moving in the opposite direction.  And, we rack our brains about why it's doing what it's doing, but do you really know what you're consuming in one day?  This week, or if you don't want to commit to a whole week, try a day or two, and write down everything that you put in your mouth.  At the end of the day, look over what you've had for the day.  Are you surprised?  Look at the time of day that you ate, think about your emotional status at that time-were you upset, were you celebrating?  Were you just plain bored?  All of this factors into when/why we eat and by tracking your food intake, you can get some pretty good insights!There are several programs and websites out there to help you keep track of what you eat and can even give you feedback about what you can do better, offer recipes, meal suggestions, etc. Here are a few of our favorites, they are free, they have smartphone apps, and have lots of great information:www.sparkpeople.com www.myfitnesspal.comTo see today's motivational quote in picture form, be sure to check out our Pinterest page. http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/92 Motivation Monday-Success http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/92 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."  ~R. Collier "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." ~R. Collier Motivation Monday returns after some technical difficulties!  But, we love this quote as it shows that success is not something that just happens out of the blue (sometimes it does) but more often than not, it takes hard work and dedication, and when we work towards something (whether it be a fitness goal, health goal, work goal, etc.) every day, it turns into success over time!   Be sure to take some time and celebrate your successes! If you have had a success that you wish to share with us, please feel free to submit your story at info@healthycommunitymhc.org  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/91 Motivation Monday-What Step Have You Reached Today? http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/91 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Today's Motivation Monday comes in picture form. Sometimes motivation is hard to come by, but if you take it one step at a time, eventually you'll get there!  Today's Motivation Monday is a picture that we found on pinterest.  Feel free to share with your friends, print out to keep around your house, or whatever it is that will keep you on track and motivate YOU to accomplish your goals!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/90 Motivation Monday-Why not you? http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/90 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "Today I want you to ask yourself this one question.  "Why not you?"... Some of you may know Jillian Michaels as the "tough" trainer on The Biggest Loser.  She has gone on to have her own show, she's been on numerous talk shows, and appears in magazines all the time with her health tips and workouts.  Today, our Motivational Monday quote comes from Jillian.  "Today I want you to ask yourself this one question.  "Why not you?"  Why not you to do something for work that you love?  Why not you to have a healthy body?  Why not you to have healthy love?  Why not you to be, have, or do anything you have ever dreamed?!  We are so quick to think others are deserving over ourselves.  The truth is that we are all deserving so why not you?!"~Jillian MichaelsTo see this quote on our Pinterest page, click here.  Take a minute to ponder the things that you have wished for others, when we should be wishing for ourselves.  We are halfway through the year.  Take some time to look over your New Year's Resolutions or goals.  Have you met them?  Are you on track to meet them?  Consider this your "fresh start" for the rest of the year.  Decide on that goal and make a concrete plan on how to get there.    http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/89 Motivation Monday-Tech Savvy http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/89 Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 For those who are tech savvy:Ctrl your portions and hungerAlt your lifestyle and choicesDel junk food and bad vibes.  Today's Motivation Monday is geared toward the tech savvy, but it's simple advice that everyone should follow. Ctrl your portions and hungerAlt your lifestyle and choicesDel junk food and bad vibes. To see the picture, click here for our Pinterest page.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/87 Motivation Monday-Rising Up http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/87 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."~Ralph Waldo Emerson   "Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."~Ralph Waldo Emerson As the quote indicates, no one is perfect and we will fail from time to time in different areas of our life.  But it's not about doing things perfectly, it's what we do to bring ourselves back out of that "failure", that "rough patch", whatever you may call it in your own life that makes us the person we are today and gives you that sense of accomplishment.  Sure, it may be easy to just let that "failure" consume your life, take on a "woe is me" attitude, and do nothing.  But challenge yourself to rise up the next time you have a "failure" in your own life.To see this quote with a pretty background on Pinterest, please click here and feel free to share with your friends.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/88 What do you think Wednesday-A 9 year old's determination http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/88 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 A 9 year old girl in Scotland started a blog to document the unappealing, non-nutritious lunches she was being served.  She was censored and a whole chain of events took place afterwards. Martha Payne is a 9 year old student in Scotland who started a blog.  Doesn't sound too out of the ordinary right?  Well, wait until you hear what her blog was about!Her blog is titled, "Never Seconds" and it documents the unappealing, non-nutritious lunches that she is being served at school.  She had a way of writing that appealed to children and adults alike and people were sending her pictures of their lunches from across the world!  It's interesting to see what is being served across the globe.Ms. Payne caused quite the ripple in her little community.  On June 14th, Martha posted that she would have to shut down her blog as she was forbidden to take a camera into school.  12 hours after the article was posted, Martha received huge amounts of public support, there were 214 news articles about the situation world wide, her blog received half a MILLION page views, and the charity that she supports Mary's Meal raised enough money to build a brand new kitchen at a school in Africa.In less that 24 hours, the ban on Martha's blog was lifted and she is able to resume posting.  To read about the chain of events, please click here for the complete article.Personally, we here at the Coalition love this little girl's enthusiasm concerning healthy lunches and for inspiring her school to take action and serve healthier lunches and connecting with children and adults WORLDWIDE!  That's a HUGE impact!We want to hear from you.  Do you think that Martha's blog ban should have remained in place or should she be able to post freely?   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/86 What do you think Wednesday-McDonald's=Healthy? http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/86 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 McDonald's is back in the news, this time it's because the top chef does not see anything unhealthy on the menu. McDonald's is in the news again, this time it's about the top chef's statement "I don't see anything on the menu that's unhealthy".  To see the article, click here.The article points out that the double quarter pounder with cheese has a whopping 42 grams of fat and 1,360 mg of sodium!  Needless to say, I do not think that will appear on an "Eat This" column anytime soon.  The restaurant has introduced healthier options in more recent years to include their oatmeal with fruit.The top chef closed his interview by giving this quote, "I feel if we were to close our doors of all the McDonald's tomorrow, the obesity problem would not go away." We want to hear from you.  Do you think the chef was wrong in his statement about not seeing anything unhealthy on the menu?  Do you think that McDonald's does have some healthier options?  What can fast food places do to help promote healthier lifestyles?  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/85 Motivation Monday-Never Give Up! http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/85 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Today's Motivation Monday is a video. Some of you may have seen this video on youtube or facebook, it seems to have made its rounds around the internet.  But, it's a great video clip of what happens when we don't give up on ourselves or our goals.  This man was told he would never walk again unassisted.  But, just watch this video and see what he is capable of!   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/84 What do you think Wednesday-Proposed Ban on Sugary Drinks http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/84 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Last week Mayor Bloomberg of NYC proposed a ban on selling sugary soft drinks larger than 16 oz. at restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas, and similar locations. From Hungry Girl:Just last week, Mayor Bloomberg of NYC proposed a ban on selling sugary soft drinks larger than 16 oz. at restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas, and similar locations. The ban would not apply to drinks with fewer than 25 calories per 8-oz. serving, alcoholic drinks, fruit juices, or dairy-based beverages. (Refills and ordering additional drinks would still be okay.) So large Cokes are off-limits but fishbowl-sized margaritas and milkshakes are okay? Will the number of sugar packets one can add to iced tea be restricted? To read more, click here. As you know the Coalition has been advertising the Healthy Zip Code 95210-where the 0 stand for 0 sugary beverages, but we want to hear from you.  What do you think about the proposed ban?  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/83 Motivation Monday-Doing the Impossible http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/83 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "Start by doing what is necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you're doing the impossible." ~St. Francis of Assisi "Start by doing what is necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you're doing the impossible." ~St. Francis of Assisi  So many times when you are faced with a new challenge or problem it looks impossible, but if you break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks, it gets easier.  As the quote suggests, start with the necessary steps.  After you meet those objectives, look to the next step, and do what's possible.  Once you've completed that, what once seemed impossible is now possible! http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/82 What do you think Wednesday-Obese child returned home http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/82 Wed, 23 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Some of you may recall a story from Ohio in the fall about a 9 year old boy being removed from his mother after his weight crept up to 218 pounds.  Read on. The boy was removed from his home in October and placed in foster care after case workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight.  He was removed due to "medical neglect".  The boy is 9 years old and weighed 218 pounds. The family was working with social workers for a year prior to his removal. The boy was placed in foster care at first and then placed with an uncle in December, who took him to a gym 3 times a week, and while with the uncle the boy started to swim and play basketball.  While in the uncle's care, the boy shed 50 pounds! The boy was returned to his mother in March under protective supervision which was recently lifted.  Social service workers will check in on the family and have offered them health and nutrition counseling.  The YMCA gave the boy and his mother a free membership. To read more about the situation, please click the following links:  http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2012/05/11/Obese-9-year-old-boy-removed-from-Ohio-home-sheds-50-lbs.html   Article from right after the removal. We want to hear from you.  Do you think the court system was right to remove the child from his home?  Why or why not?  Do you think he was returned to the home too soon?  Let us know your thoughts on this matter.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/81 Motivation Monday-Self Respect http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/81 Mon, 21 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 While cruising Pinterest for some Motivation, we stumbled upon this poster about Self Respect. Set GoalsExerciseLove yourselfFocus on Fitness Rest and RelaxEat RightSmilePortray PositiveEnjoy lifeCare for othersTell yourself you can do this Some simple guidelines that we should incorporate into our lives.  To see this poster on pinterest and our other motivational quotes throughout the weeks, please click here.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/80 What do you think Wednesday-Poll http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/80 Wed, 16 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 We want to hear from you about how you are feeling after JAM session! We here at the Coalition, would like to thank everyone who came out to our Annual JAM Session last night!  We certainly hope that you had a great time and enjoyed your workout!  We want to hear from you about how you are feeling today!  Click here and take our poll!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/79 Motivation Monday-I'm Possible http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/79 Mon, 14 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, "I'm possible!" ~Audrey Hepburn Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, "I'm possible!"~Audrey Hepburn This week is National Women's Health Week.  We could all learn a little something from Audrey's words.  Instead of looking at things in a pessimistic, glass half-empty kind of way, she reframed her thinking and turned it into a positive.  I'm possible.  Today is National Women's Check-Up Day.  Take some time today and schedule that appointment that you have been putting off.  The theme for this year's Women's Health Week is, "It's Your Time".  So, not only are you possible, but take some time for you and take care of yourself!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/78 What do you think Wednesday-Bake Sale Bans http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/78 Wed, 09 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Massachusetts bake sale ban to start in August. In Massachusetts a new law that is set to start in August will limit fundraisers in a BIG way!  1/3 of children in Massachusetts are overweight, so lawmakers decided that if they banned bake sales which primarily includes cookies, brownies, and other sweets it would help reduce the number of overweight children. However, many organizations are upset because bake sales were the main fundraiser!To read more, feel free to visit this website:  http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/05/massachusetts-bake-sale-ban-set-to-go-into-effect-in-august-75793.html We want to know what you think?  Will this help reduce the number of overweight children or will they just find new avenues for food and baked goods?  Should Virginia look at a similar approach?  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/77 Motivation Monday-Better Things http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/77 Mon, 07 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. ~C.S. Lewis There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. ~C.S. Lewis Remember, try to look at the future rather than dwelling in the past.  We've all had things happen in our past that may not have gone according to plan, may have been painful, but they have shaped you into the person you've become.  You can choose to stay bitter and live that event or those events over and over again, or you can look to the future.  Like the quote above says, there are far, far better things ahead!  Think positive, take control of your own life, and start living it!Remember, the Coalition in on Pinterest and you can see all of our previous Motivation Monday "pins".  Be sure to check it out!    http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/76 What do you think Wednesday-Facebook and Organ Donors http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/76 Wed, 02 May 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Facebook has included a new item to place on your timeline. From Yahoo Health Highlights for May 2, 2012New Facebook Initiative Promotes Organ DonationFacebook has introduced an initiative to help promote organ donations for people who require life-saving transplants.Facebook users in the United States and Britain can now indicate that they are organ donors on their timelines. If they are donors, they can find links to official donor organ registries and enroll, Agence France-Presse reported."We want to make it simple," said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. "You just put in the state or country that you're from, so that we can help link you to the official registries.""Today, more than 114,000 people in the United States, and millions more around the globe, are waiting for the heart, kidney or liver transplant that will save their lives," Zuckerberg said in a statement with Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, AFP reported.We want to hear from you.  Do you think that this is a good idea?  Are there any negatives to adding this to your timeline?  Will you be adding this information to your timeline?  Are there other organizations or initiatives that Facebook could future in the future that would do some good in the world? http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/75 Motivation Monday-We Hear You! http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/75 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Some of the success stories coming from our classes that we wanted to share with you to inspire and motivate! I had the pleasure of running into an aerobics participant over the weekend and she informed me that she went to the doctor recently and received good news!  Turns out she had been frustrated for weeks as she had been coming to class on a regular basis, but was not seeing the results she wanted on the scale, and getting pretty bummed about it.  But, on this recent trip to the doctor's office, they told her that her A1C and blood sugar levels were coming down!  This has relit a fire in the participant and she's going to keep coming to class and focus on eating better, healthier foods to get those numbers down even further and avoid diabetic medications!Remember-success doesn't always show on the scale!  In this participant's case, she is helping her body by exercising and her sugar levels are coming down!Another one of our participants shared that since starting aerobic classes she has lost 10 pounds, BUT she her blood pressure is back to normal!  She has more energy and feels stronger.  She reports that going up and down the stairs in her home is not an effort anymore!This participant had success on the scale, but has also improved her health by lowering her blood pressure to normal ranges. One of our participants bought a jacket on sale, it was a sale so good, that she could not pass it up, but the problem was, it was too small.  She tucked the jacket away in the closet because it was uncomfortable in the shoulders and across the torso.  After months of coming to our classes, she decided to try that jacket on again.  And guess what?  IT FIT!  The jacket was now comfortable and she had toned up so much that she even was able to wear a sweater underneath!Again, this success had nothing to do with the number on the scale, this was about fitting into a piece of clothing that was once tight and too small.And lastly, another participant told us that she really gets enjoyment out of coming to our classes and meeting everyone.  Everyone is so friendly and that means a lot to her.Remember, exercise can help you physically, but it can also help you mentally and emotionally.  It can clear your head and take you away from your daily stressors and it can make you happy.  There is nothing like a room full of energy and friendly people to help encourage you and cheer you on!We LOVE to hear stories like this from you!  So, please, if you have a success story that you would like to share with us, please send it our way.  If you attend our aerobic classes, simply talk to your instructor after class and fill out a form for us.  If you attend an education class (Diabetes Self Management or our Chronic Disease Program), talk to your instructor and they will see that you get a form.  If you would like to e-mail us, please send it to info@healthycommunitymhc.org    http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/74 What do you think Wednesday-Heart Attack Grill http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/74 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Would you eat at a place called "The Heart Attack Grill" This grabbed our attention this morning while we were searching the internet.  "2nd Heart Attack Grill Victim?  Woman collapses while eating burger." Say what?  Yes, there is a restaurant in Las Vegas called the Heart Attack Grill.  There are signs in the restaurant that warn customers, "This establishment is bad for your health."We want to hear from you.  Would you eat at this place?  Do you think this place should even exist?  Let us know what you are thinking! http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/73 Motivation Monday-Regret http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/73 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "Wow, I really regret that workout." ~No One. Ever. "Wow, I really regret that workout." ~No One. Ever. We saw this on Pinterest and decided to make it our Motivation Monday quote.How many times have we put off a workout?  Talked ourselves out of a workout?  Talked about how awful our workout was going to be?But what happened?  You did the workout and yes, the first few minutes might have been bad.  Maybe we weren't in the mood to workout, but just went through the motions, but a couple minutes in, what happens?  You start to enjoy the workout.  You start to feel better.  Maybe your mood improves, you feel stronger.  When you finish that workout-maybe you're sweating or not, but one this is for sure, you're glad that it is done!  You can look back and see your work as an accomplishment!Not quite at that point yet?  Make sure that you are doing an activity or exercise that you ENJOY!  If you don't like running, why torture yourself?  If you like to dance, try a Zumba class!  If you don't like aerobic activities, try a sculpting class or use some weights.  There is something out there for everyone, you just have to find your likes and dislikes!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/71 Motivation Monday http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/71 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "The groundwork of all happiness is good health." ~Leigh Hunt "The groundwork of all happiness is good health." ~Leigh Hunt Think about it-when we are healthy, we feel good about ourselves, which in turn makes us happy!Not in good health?  Take the first step today, by calling your healthcare provider and setting up an appointment.  Don't have a provider, consider calling Bassett Family Practice at 276-629-1076 and setting up an appointment.  A part of good health is exercise.  In the movie, Legally Blonde, Elle Woods wins a court case by talking about how "exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy..."  Be sure to take some time and get some exercise.  This can be on your own, with your family, or come out with a group to a class, it doesn't matter what you choose, just get moving!If you have additional questions about good health, we have classes to help you!  We offer a Chronic Disease Self Management Program and Diabetes Self Management Program.  If you are interested in either of the programs, please call us at 276-403-5030.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/72 What do you think Wednesday-Feeding Tubes http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/72 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Some of us have gone on crash or fad diets, but what do you think about the "feeding tube" diet? We were absolutely shocked when we saw that some brides-to-be in an effort to lose the last 10-20 pounds were actually going to a doctor and having a feeding tube inserted!  You can learn more by clicking here. We want to hear from you.  Would you ever go to such extreme measures to lose weight?  Do you think that this doctor is making ethical choices?  What do you think will happen after their "big event" whether it be wedding, reunion, etc.  Will they keep the weight off or will it come back plus more?  Let us know your thoughts on the matter. http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/70 What do you think Wednesday-Health Scores http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/70 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Henry County and Martinsville City Health Scores Last week the Martinsville Bulletin had the Health Scores for Henry County and Martinsville.The report found that Henry County and Martinsville remain among the unhealthiest places to live in Virginia.  In terms of health, Henry County places 123rd out of 131 and Martinsville was 113th our of 131.The report looks as aspects such as:  obesity, smoking, fast food restaurants, unemployment rates, high school graduation rates, child poverty levels, and lack of health insurance.The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness offers a variety of programs to help combat a lot of these factors and we also team up with area resources to help serve you better.The MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness currently offers education classes for folks with Diabetes or Chronic Conditions.  We offer FREE aerobic classes in the community.  We have SHAPEDOWN for children and families.  We have coaches to help you-an Early Childhood Coach, Youth Coach, and General Community Coach.  And, so much more!  If you are interested in any of our programs, please call us at 276-403-5030. Bassett Family Practice is an excellent practice to meet your medical needs.  Also, on site at Bassett Family Practice is our Project Connect Advocate, Ann Walker.  She helps pregnant women and children sign up for FAMIS.   Be sure to visit our Sponsors and Partners page to see what other services are available in this community.We want to hear from you.  Did you know that these resources existed?  Are there other resources that should be in our area that would help reduce some of the factors that are mentioned in the article?   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/69 Motivation Monday-Repeat for Life http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/69 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "Eat well. Move daily. Hydrate often. Sleep lots. Love your body. Repeat for life." ~Anonymous "Eat well. Move daily. Hydrate often. Sleep lots. Love your body. Repeat for life." ~AnonymousSometimes we get caught up in the newest fad diet that is so restrictive that we are so hungry, we're willing to eat the first thing in sight!  Sometimes we get caught up in the newest fitness craze that promises big results but we quit after the first workout because it was too much, too fast.This breaks it down into small, manageable chunks, and it's things that we should be doing already.  For those who do not know, we have launched the 95210 campaign for children and this aligns perfectly with that message.  Eat well-we should be eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  Move daily-the experts recommend an hour of physical activity a day.  Keep in mind, this does not have to be all at once!  We know that many of you keep very busy schedules.  Break up the hour into what works for you.  Maybe 2 half hour periods of activity, 4 15 minute periods, you get the idea.Hydrate often-water is the best choice to keep your body hydrated.  However, if you are drinking a lot of sodas or sugary beverages, cut back.  You will notice how much better your feel.Sleep lots-aim for 6-8 hours a night.  Some people need less, some people may need more, but make sure that you are getting your sleep!  Power down electronic devices an hour before bed, do a soothing/relaxing activity to get you ready for sleep.Love your body-sure, we can always find something wrong with our body.  But try to reshape your thinking, instead of focusing on the negatives, focus on what your body is doing for you, for example-are you able to walk?  Play with your children/grandchildren?Repeat for life-make this a habit that you can continue for life.   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/68 Motivation Monday-Your Story http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/68 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end" ~ Unknown "At any given moment you have the power to say this is not how the story is going to end" ~ Unknown Sometimes we are dealt bad cards in life-perhaps we have just been diagnosed with a chronic condition, perhaps we have suffered a physical injury, but this quote says it all.  You can either accept what is happened to you and let it get the best of you, or you can take action and change your story's ending.  If you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition or would like to ward off chronic conditions for as long as humanly possible, we have some education classes that can help.  Please give our office a call at 276-403-5030.Trying to get back into shape?  Nursing an injury?  Have a chronic condition that feels better when you do physical activity?  We can help with that too.  We offer a variety of aerobics programs in the community for FREE!  If you have never attended a class before, we ask that you show up 10-15 minutes before class to fill out some paperwork for us.  We offer low-impact aerobics to include yoga, water aerobics, zumba gold, and chair aerobics and we have higher-impact options as well!  Be sure to check out our April Calendar on our home page. http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/67 What do you think Wednesday-Race Weekend http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/67 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 We want to hear from you about this weekend's race. This week's What do you think Wednesday is shifting gears a bit, instead we are doing, We Want to hear from You Wednesday.We want to hear from you about this weekend's race, the Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K.Are you racing?  If so, what distance are you racing?  Is this your first race?  How did your training go?  Do you have any favorite pre-race rituals that you follow?  Share with us!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/65 National Poison Prevention Week http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/65 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 This week is National Poison Prevention Week, read on for tips and information. This week is National Poison Prevention Week.Be sure to follow these tips to keep your family safe:1.  Properly use child resistant packaging2.  Keep all medicines and chemicals locked up and out of sight.3.  Keep the number for the Poison Control Center accessible.  Call immediately in case of emergency. Poison Control Centers are available 24 hours a day at 1-800-222-1222.The leading causes of poisoning in adults and children are medications and household cleaning products.  Children are also attracted to health and beauty products such as perfume, nail polish, and deodorant.    http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/66 Motivation Monday-Race Weekend http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/66 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 For those participating in the Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K this weekend, here is some motivation to get you/keep you going on Saturday! Good luck to all who are participating in the Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K this weekend!  We know that you have spent many weeks/months preparing for this day!  Here are some quotes to get you going or keep you going on Saturday!"The miracle isn't that I finished.  The miracle is that I had the courage to start."  ~John Bingham"If you run, you are a runner.  It doesn't matter how fast or how far.  It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years.  There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get.  You just run."  ~John Bingham"We all have dreams.  But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."  ~Jesse Owens  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/64 What do you think Wednesday-Can you give it up? http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/64 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 6 Great Reasons to stop drinking soda You've heard it before and you'll continue to hear it, but drinking soda is bad for you and your health.  This article focused on 5 items to include accelerated aging and Mt. Dew Mind.Sodas contain phosphoric acid which can cause heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, osteoporosis, and trigger accelerated aging.There is already a term out there pertaining to children's mouths after drinking large quantities of soda and not brushing afterwards, "Mt. Dew Mouth", but there may be a new term "Mt. Dew Mind".  Studies are showing that when soda is consumed in large quantities memory loss and nerve disorders can occur. Be sure to check out the article as they listed 3 other items and describe why they are harmful.  Then, we want to hear from you.  Do you drink soda?  If you are drinking soda, do you think you can give it up?    http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/61 Motivation Monday-Goals http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/61 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach." ~Benjamin Mays "The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach." ~Benjamin Mays Set some goals!  Many people set goals or resolutions at the start of the New Year.  Some people keep them, some people break them, but this quote shows that we need to have a goal to reach!  We've said it before and we'll say it again-life happens and sometimes we have to rework our goals.  This may mean reworking timelines, readjusting some numbers, etc.  This week we challenge you to set a goal!  Write it down and keep it someplace where you see it every day!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/62 Did you know? http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/62 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Did you know that being pregnant and exercising will help you sleep better, have fewer back aches, AND have a shorter labor? PLUS, the benefits of exercising during pregnancy help your child through preschool and beyond! A Healthy StartPregnant and Exercising? Smart move, since you'll sleep better and have fewer back aches and a shorter labor.  Recent studies are also reporting that your child will benefit through preschool and beyond!  At one month:  Your child will have a stronger heart than their peers, thanks to your regular workouts during pregnancy (at least 90 minutes per week during pregnancy), according to a study at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.At 2 years:  Your toddler will be trimmer.  New research in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health shows that the more active you are throughout your third trimester, the healthier your child's height-to-weight ration will be!At 5 years:  Children of women who exercised at least three times a week while expecting scored higher on intelligence and language tests than those of mamas who didn't according to a review in Clinics in Sports Medicine.Be sure to check in with your doctor to make sure that exercising is safe for you and your baby.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/60 What do you think Wednesday-Disney Closes Exhibit http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/60 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Disney closes exhibit after controversy. March 5th was supposed to mark the opening of a new Disney exhibit at the Disney World Epcot Center called, "Habit Heroes". The exhibit has 2 animated superheroes-Will Power and Callie Stenics, and they gook groups of up to 12 visitors through interactive rooms to battle bad habits.  With the bad habits were characters like, "Lead Bottom" who represented not enough exercise, "Snacker" who represented too much fatty, processed food, and "Stinkbomb" who represented bad hygiene.The exhibit was pulled because critics said that the exhibit stigmatized overweight children.  According to a Disney spokesperson, Disney has closed the exhibit indefinitely to "further improve and refine the experience." To learn more, please click on this linkWe want to hear from you.  What do you think?  After reading the article, do you think the exhibit should have been shut down?  Do you think Disney has the right idea, just wrong approach?  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/59 Motivation Monday-Dr Seuss http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/59 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." Dr. Seuss "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." Dr. Seuss Last week many school children celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday.  Although some of his rhymes were silly, he did provide some motivational words to all of us. We like this quote in particular because you can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  It is completely and totally up to you if you want to make any lifestyle changes.   You have the brains in your head, but you also have support from the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness!  You do not have to embark on your healthy journey by yourself!  You can take education classes with us-we currently offer Helping Hands:  Health and Nutrition Development and Self Management Programs for those with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, and other chronic conditions.   You have feet in your shoes, and the Coalition can help with that too!  We offer a variety of aerobic classes to get you in shape and get the recommended 1 hour of physical activity a day!  You can check out our calendar by clicking here.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/58 What do you think Wednesday-Video Games http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/58 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "Active" video games are not living up to their claims. A new study has found that active video games like Wii Fit won't boost kids' physical activity.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children and adolescents should get at least 1 hour of physical activity each day.  The study found that using active video games is not an effective way of getting kids to be more active.To learn more, check out this link. And we want to hear from you about the "active" video games and hear your thoughts on the matter. http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/57 Motivation Monday-Closer http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/57 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday." ~Author Unknown "I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."  ~Author Unknown Many of us probably set New Year's Resolutions for 2012 or have some kind of a goal in mind.  Sometimes our resolutions or goals get off track-maybe they were too ambitious and we want to quit, life threw a curveball at you and you had other things that took priority- but instead of giving up, we should reframe our thinking and this quote shows that.It doesn't matter how long it takes you to achieve that resolution or goal, just keep working at it!     http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/55 What do you think Wednesday-Say Goodbye to King Size http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/55 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Mars Inc., which makes M&Ms, Twix, Milky Way and many other notable candies, told Reuters that by the end of next year it will not sell any chocolate products that have more than 250 calories. Last week Mars Inc. announced that by the end of next year, they will no longer sell chocolate products that have more than 250 calories!  This means that all "King-Size" products will be a thing of the past, as their "King-Sized" bars are more than 500 calories!  Even the current Snickers Bar will have to go on a diet as it currently weighs in at 280 calories! On it's website, Mars talks about "responsible snacking" and highlights the fact that currently its "king size" candy is made in two pieces, "one for now and one for later."    However, we want to hear from you, do you think taking the current "king size" candies and portioning out the servings will help with the obesity epidemic in the United States or does it still boil down to self-control of the consumer? To learn more about Mars Inc and their responsible snacking movement, click here or here.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/56 Pump it Up-Heart Health http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/56 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0500 How to keep your heart in tip-top shape! The American Heart Association suggests following the seven heart-healthy guidelines below.  Take the assessment and see how you stand.  Your numbers not quite there?  Don't worry, you have something to work towards! Cholesterol:  Should be less than 200  Ways to keep this number in check?  Eat fiber and pick whole fruits over fruit juice.Blood Pressure:  Should be below 120/80  Lower your blood pressure by lowering your sodium intake.Sugar Level:  Should be less than 100.  Reduce your sugar intake by sharing the occasional dessert and cutting back on sweets.Smoking:  Don't start, or quit.  Go to heart.org for how-to resources. Body Mass Index (BMI):  Should be less than 25.  Unsure of what your BMI is?  You can talk to your doctor or find an on-line BMI calculator.Exercise:  It is recommended that adults get at 2.5 hours of activity each week.  Not quite at this level yet?  Start small and start adding on the minutes!  You'll be there in no time at all! Healthy Diet:  Lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains.  Try to eat at least one fruit or veggie at meals or with snacks.  Did you know... More women than men (52% vs 48%) die of cardiovascular disease, the top killer of both genders in the United States?The most common sign of a heart attack in both sexes is chest pain?    Sources:  Weight Watchers Magazine January/February 2012 issue, American Heart Association, US Dept. of Health and Human Services.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/54 Motivation Monday-Go Beyond http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/54 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Words from Bruce Lee. "IF YOU ALWAYS PUT LIMITS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO, PHYSICAL OR ANYTHING ELSE, IT'LL SPREAD OVER INTO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. IT'LL SPREAD INTO YOUR WORK, INTO YOUR MORALITY, INTO YOUR ENTIRE BEING. THERE ARE NO LIMITS. THERE ARE PLATEAUS, BUT YOU MUST NOT STAY THERE, YOU MUST GO BEYOND THEM."~Bruce Lee We love this quote as it acknowledges that everyone hits speed bumps or road blocks when working towards a goal or a dream.  It's what we do when we hit that speed bump or road block-do we throw in the towel and say we gave it all we had?  Or do we look at the speed bump and find a way to get past it? We challenge you this week to look at your goals and dreams-they can be work related, fitness, health/wellness, family oriented, etc and see if you have put any limits on that dream.  Are you stuck?  What can you do to move forward?  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/53 What do you think Wednesday-New USDA Regs http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/53 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0500 The USDA has overhauled school lunch program for 1st time in more than 15 years. School aged children will see more fruits and vegetables and less fat in school lunches starting in the fall. The USDA overhauled the school lunch program for the first time in more than 15 years!  The USDA seeks to improve child nutrition and reduce childhood obesity.  The changes will affect nearly 32 million children! The overhaul will start in the fall and will be phased in over the next 3 years. To learn more about this topic, click here.  We want to hear from you, what do you think of the changes?  Should this have been done sooner?  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/52 Motivation Monday-Super Bowl Commercial http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/52 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Today's motivation comes from a Super Bowl commercial. Today's Motivation Monday is actually a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl.  We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do! http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/50 Motivation Monday-Words from Jerry Rice http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/50 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't." ~Jerry Rice  "Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't." ~Jerry Rice If you're just starting on a healthy lifestyle, you may still think of exercise as torture.  You may think that the healthier food options have no taste or you still crave sugary/fatty foods.  But, think about the future: by exercising and taking care of your body-eating healthy, getting regular check-ups at the doctors, etc, you are setting yourself up for a bright future where you can remain independent longer, you can move freely, and you are free of chronic diseases/conditions!No one said that you had to dive head first into your healthy lifestyle and go cold turkey on the sugary/fatty foods or that you had to run a marathon.  Set small goals for yourself and work your way up.Here's to a healthy future!   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/51 What do you think Wednesday-Tebow Law http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/51 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0500 There's been quite a bit of controversy over the proposed Tim Tebow Law in Virginia. There's been quite a bit of controversy over the proposed Tim Tebow Law in Virginia.  The Law would allow Homeschooled Children to play on athletic teams of local schools.  There has been similar legislation in the past, and it failed in Virginia.  McDonnell said earlier this month that he would support it. He expressed the view of those who support it by saying on a radio show: "Home-school parents pay taxes like everybody else. It's just fair." However, there is a number of people who are opposed to the Tim Tebow Law to include the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, Virginia Education Association, and the chairman of the House Education Committee.  The folks opposed to the law are making arguments such as:  Coaches will game the system by recruiting top players; allowing homeschoolers to play for local teams would devastate eligibility and participation requirements, and would be unfair to full-time students and teachers.To learn more, click here or here. We want to hear from you, what do you think?  Should homeschooled children be allowed to play sports for their local school?  Why or why not?    http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/49 What do you think Wednesday-McDonald's and Pink Slime http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/49 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0500 McDonald's confirms that it will no longer be using the "pink slime" chemical in hamburgers. Some of you may have seen the picture floating around facebook last week of the "pink slime" that is used in McDonald's food.  If you would like to see the slime, and read more about chemicals in your food, click here. The slime is the chemical Ammonium Hydroxide which is used in fertilizers and household cleaners.  Crazy to think that it was also in your burger!  The article suggests that the only way to avoid chemically processed food would be to eat fresher products and to cook your meat and other meals at home.What do you think about fast food joints and restaurants using chemicals in our food?  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/48 Motivation Monday-A Triple Dose http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/48 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "If you want to do something with your life, if you really want to do it, just do it. I promise that you can. You just have to do it. And when you do, you’ll be happier for it." Ben Davis "If you want to do something with your life, if you really want to do it, just do it. I promise that you can. You just have to do it. And when you do, you'll be happier for it." Today, you not only get a motivational quote, but you also get a motivational video, AND motivational song.  Ben Davis at the age of 22 was overweight, unhappy, and depressed.  His grandmother asked if he was happy and when he took a minute to examine his life, he realized how unhappy he was.  He started a blog as a present to her to show his way back to happiness.  Since starting the blog, he has lost 120 pounds, he set some goals for himself starting with a 5K and moved up to an ironman and there is not stopping him.  You can check out his blog by clicking here.His video about his journey can be viewed here, it's set to Coldplay's Fix You.  To see the lyrics to the song, click here.  So, go ahead, make some goals and make them happen!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/47 What do you think Wednesday-Personal Trainers for Kids http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/47 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Half a million kids ages 6 to 17 in the United States have personal trainers. In a recent article in Redbook Magazine, they reported that half a million kids ages 6 to 17 are working out one-on-one with fitness experts.  Some of the kids are conditioning for sports, but others are being sent for weight loss.The article went on to talk about a cheaper way to get kids moving by using Netflix.  They suggested putting the following items in your queue:  for younger children Kari Anderson's Shake video and for tweens, Sabrina Bryan's BYou2. What do you think about kids having personal trainers and exercise videos targeted to children?  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/45 Motivation Monday http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/45 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run". -Jenny Craig "Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run". -Jenny CraigAre your weight issues really a symptom of something else?  Boredom?  Depression?  Regret?  Rejection?  At the root of many issues is our self-loathing at worst, our self-indifference at best.  Food is not the enemy.  We are.  Break the cycle of dieting and replace it with loving yourself enough to make good choices about your diet. This week we challenge you to examine your eating habits.  How can you love yourself back to a healthy relationship with eating?  Take steps towards defeating the natural compulsion or craving that might take you down a path of regretful eating.  If you slip up, remember to get back on track!  Many of us see the slip-up as an excuse to make poor choices for the rest of the day.  Get back on track at your next meal or snack!  You will feel so much better!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/44 What do you think Wednesday-Paula Deen has Diabetes http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/44 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Paula Deen has come out to say that 3 years ago, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Paula Deen, the queen of homecooked Southern foods, has announced that she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes three years ago.  She did not say anything sooner as she said that she did not have a clear plan of how to move forward and she wasn't ready to come to terms with the fact that she had diabetes.  Since her diagnosis, she has met with her doctor and she has since launched Diabetes in a New Light   She has also reportedly given up sweet tea and started walking on a treadmill.  Her son, Bobby, has his own show on TV called "Not My Mama's Meals" where he takes Paula's recipes and recreates them using healthy substitutes making the meals lower in calories and fat, but does not compromise the taste.  If you or someone you know has diabetes and lives in the Martinsville/Henry County area, consider signing up for the Coalition's Diabetes Self Management Program  We will be starting up a new round of classes soon.  If you have questions or would like to attend the next 6 week session, please call 276-403-5030.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/43 Motivation Monday http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/43 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -Martin Luther King, Jr. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."Martin Luther King, Jr.We all face health and physical challenges from time to time.  We can sit around, do nothing, and let our challenge consume our lives or we can take charge of our challenge and do something about it.  If you have physical challenges, the Coalition offers a variety of free aerobics programs in the community to suite everyone's needs.  We have low-impact programs, high-intensity programs, strength training or sculpt sessions.  To see our calendar, click here.  If you are interested in attending aerobic classes, simply show up 10-15 minutes before class starts and let the instructor know that you are a new participant.  You will be asked to fill out some paperwork and once done, you can stay for the class.We also offer a variety of education classes that not only give you more information about how to manage your chronic condition but also offers encouragement and support.  We are about to start up another round of Diabetes classes and we are also happy to announce that we will be offering Chronic Disease Self Management Programs soon! If your challenges are related to diet and nutrition, we have the Helping Hands program that is being offered in collaboration with the Virginia Cooperative Extension.  The program consists of 4 classes and once you complete 4 sessions you will receive some goodies.  If you have any questions or would like to sign up for any of the education classes, please call 276-403-5030.     http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/42 January's Healthy Tip from FAMIS http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/42 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Ann Walker, Project Connect Outreach Advocate, shares why children should attend well-child visits with their doctor or primary care physician. January's Healthy Tip from FAMIS A sick child should see a doctor. What about a healthy child? An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of CureWell-child visits provide an invaluable look at your child's health over the long term. This allows your pediatrician to monitor your child's development and catch any emerging health problems. Without these regular visits, your pediatrician might not catch a problem until it is too late to treat effectively.During a well-child visit, your child will receive a full physical examination complete with any recommended screenings for common health issues or developmental problems. Important information like height, weight, body mass index, and test results will be recorded and kept in your child's file. All this information can help your pediatrician identify potential problems or diagnose any current health or developmental issues.Academic achievement starts with healthy students!Remember - FAMIS Plus or FAMIS (the low to no cost health care coverage for children through the Commonwealth of VA) covers well child and sick child visits to your doctor, immunizations, dental and vision care and more. No sign up costs or monthly premiums. Is your child covered?If not, call Ann Walker for help applying for one of these plans. 276 732-0509Starting Jan. 1, 2012, all families with children on FAMIS Plus or FAMIS, MUST enroll in an MCO(Managed Care Organization). If you have questions about which MCO to chose, please call the above number.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/41 Little tidbits from the news http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/41 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0500 In Denmark, there are fines on foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fat! Check this out-In Denmark, they have set fines on foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fat.  It's the first such fee imposed on healthy foods.  Kudos to them for trying to prevent obesity problems before they start and/or get worse.  Check out the full story here.Some of the foods that would be hit with the fines include butter, milk, pizza, oils, and meats. Let us know what you think!  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/40 Motivation Monday http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/40 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:00:00 -0500 "The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years." Dr. Deepak Chopra "The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years." Dr. Deepak Chopra Many of us don't think that we do in our 20's, 30's, etc. can effect us down the road when we are in our "golden years".  For example, the use of tanning beds puts us at risk of skin cancer, smoking can put us at risk of lung cancer and other chronic conditions, you get the point.Challenge yourself this week to change the way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat.  Start with small changes.  See what works for you and try to incorporate those into your daily life.Need some direction?  Check out the Daily Challenge presented by MeYou Health.  It's a free service and sends you a daily e-mail with a challenge for the day.  Some of them are physical in nature, some are about food, some are about doing a task around the house.  You can integrate your profile with facebook and challenge your friends and family to take on the Daily Challenge.  There is also a social aspect to this site.  You can see what others are doing to make changes in their life and there is a text box where you can interact with that user.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/38 Protecting Your Family from Food Illnesses http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/38 Mon, 19 Dec 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Check out this site for information on how to keep your family safe from food illnesses. Check out this website to get an overview of food illnesses, learn the basic facts, and learn how to take action to keep yourself and your family safe.  To learn more about how to keep your food area safe and if your leftovers are still good.  Stay tuned for more information on an educational class that the Coalition will be offering in January in collaboration with Kim Hairfield, from the Virginia Cooperative Extension. http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/36 National Handwashing Awareness Week http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/36 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 12:00:00 -0500 National Handwashing Awareness Week-December 4th-10th In the midst of cold and flu season, it is important to wash your hands to stay healthy.  This week is National Handwashing Awareness Week.  You can visit Henry the Hand's website to learn more and hear his smash hit, "Doin' the Handwash".There are 4 Principles of Handwashing that everyone should keep in mind:1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating2. DO NOT cough into your hands3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/37 Holiday Indulgences and Swaparoos http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/37 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Holiday Treats and how to make them healthier! The holidays bring out some foods that are available for a short-time only and we indulge in them, but at what cost?  A treat every once in a while is okay, but when we start making it a habit of a couple times a week, we are piling on the calories and large amounts of fat!  This does not mean that we cannot have the treats, just means that we need to limit the number of times we treat ourselves, make swaps when ordering OR make healthier alternatives on our own!  Here is one example of a holiday indulgence:  A McDonald's McCafe Peppermint Mocha.The small whole-milk, whipped cream, with chocolate drizzle packs 260-270 calories AND 11 grams of fat!  Yikes!  By making a few swaps when ordering, you can bring the numbers down.  Instead, order a non-fat mocha with NONE of the toppers-say goodbye to the whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.  By switching to non-fat milk and leaving off the extras, you just dropped down to 160-170 calories and 1 gram of fat!  Now, if you want to do one better than that, you can make a similar drink on your own at home that only has 105 calories and 2 grams of fat!  Click here to check out our swap courtesy of Hungry Girl. The other holiday indulgence:  Chick-fil-A Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake.    A small milkshake has a whopping 660 calories and 23 grams of fat!  And, if you ordered the large you would be looking at 930 calories and 31 grams of fat!  On this one, if you felt the need to purchase one from the restaurant, order the small and save yourself 270 calories and 8 grams of fat.  But, you could also make a similar recipe at home that has only 238 calories!  Click here to check out another swap from Hungry Girl.If you have any other startling statistics on your holiday favorites, send them our way!  If you have any healthy swaps, send those to us too!   http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/34 Information for Diabetics: Recipes for Healthy Living http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/34 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Recipes for Healthy Living and register for MyFoodAdvisor. Diabetes Month is coming to a close, but we stumbled across a fantastic resource for those with diabetes or those simply wishing to eat healthier.Follow this link to Register for Recipes for Health Living.  By registering you will get FREE access to MyFoodAdvisor:  Recipes for Healthy Living. This site has one day meal plans that lay out your entire day!  It starts with breakfast, has lunch, an afternoon snack, dinner, and an evening snack.  The site shows each meals nutritional information as well as your total nutritional information for the entire day.  The site also has a feature that allows you to make adjustments to fit in desserts, because let's face it, we all like a little sweet treat every once in a while!The site also has recipes, food and kitchen tips, and other helpful tips.  We hope that you will find this a helpful resource!  If you know of any other helpful resources, please drop us a line at info@healthycommunitymhc.org.  http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/33 Thanksgiving Survival Tips http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/33 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Some tips for a healthy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Survival TipsDrink water: Avoid calorie ridden, sugary. Water helps control your appetite by making you feel fuller faster.Eat slowly: With all of the food in front of you, it is very easy to inhale all the yummy goodies that we only see once a year, but SLOW DOWN! It takes 20 minutes for brain to register that you are full. According to the experts, eating slowly, putting your fork down between bites, and tasting each mouthful is one of the easiest ways to enjoy your meal AND feel satisfied with one plate full of food.Eat Before the Party Starts: Don't go to your meal or party starving! Eat a healthy breakfast or a low calorie snack before hitting the buffet. Eat a small but satisfying breakfast like eggs with whole wheat toast or a bowl of whole grain cereal with low-fat milk. You are less likely to overeat if you have your appetite under control.Eat the Special Stuff: Don't blow all of your calories on food you can eat every day. Instead, fill your plate with small portions of holiday favorites. Your best bets (because they are lower in fat and calories) are: white turkey meat, plain vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, defatted gravy, and pumpkin pie.No Seconds: If you are eating slowly and drinking plenty of water with your meal, you should not feel the need to go for seconds. Being pressured by a family member to re-visit the buffet table? A simple, but polite, "no" will do the trick.Exercise: Get some activity in before your meal-go for a walk, a run, play outside with family members, use the Wii gaming system, just get moving! After your meal, take a family walk around your neighborhood. You'll feel a lot better than just vegging out on the couch! http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/30 Pledge Card-10 Ways to Promote Healthy Eating Habits http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/30 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Pledge Card-November Healthy Tip If you have a child in elementary schools in Henry County or elementary and middle schools in Martinsville, you will see some Healthy Pledge Cards coming home soon.  We would like to share 10 Ways to Promote Healthy Eating Habits1.  Nutritious New Foods: Try, Try Again.  Studies show that it takes children 2-3 times of trying new foods, before they acquire the taste for it.2.  Stick to a strict meal and snack schedule3.  Help them recognize when they have eaten enough4.  Start with small portions5.  Set a good example.  If your child sees you eating a healthy meal, they are more likely to copy you and your good habits.6.  Promote fruits and vegetables at dinner7.  Warn kids about drinking calories (soda, shakes)8.  Avoid buying unhealthy foods in bulk9.  Encourage them to eat smart at school10.  Do not ban junk food outright.  Allow your child the occasional treat. http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/31 Aerobics Calendar Changes http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/31 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:00:00 -0500 Apologies Please accept our apologies as we have had a few minor changes to our November Aerobics Calendar!  All changes have been reflected on our homepage calendar.  Printable versions of the new calendar have been added to the events themselves.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!  Thank you! http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/32 Halloween Candy Guide http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/32 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:00:00 -0500 It's Halloween.  You've been eating all the right things and today there is an abundance of candy EVERYWHERE you look.  Don't let all the candy/junk food ruin your healthy lifestyle.  Know what you are putting in your body.  Check out Hungry Girl's Halloween Candy Guide 2011 Edition. http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/27 November Aerobics Calendar is UP! http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org/blog/details/ID/27 Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:00:00 -0500 November Aerobics Calendar and some announcements Good afternoon!We hope that everyone is enjoying this fine fall day!The November Aerobics Calendar is up on our website!  Please take a minute and review it.  Just some friendly reminders about some of the new features that our calendar now has.*You can filter classes based on location, simply click at the bottom the class location(s) you want to see.*New this month-if you click on a class you will find the description of the class, the instructor's name, AND your very own printable version of the calendar! *Facebook integration-if you want to talk about the class, challenge your friends to come and workout with you, this is the place to do it!  Simply click on the class that you want to go to, type your message, and the website takes care of the rest.  Your comment will appear on the calendar portion of our website AS WELL AS on your facebook feed!  Pretty neat, huh? A few announcements about the month of November.You will notice that there are no classes on November 7th and 8th at the Druid Hills Location.  Druid Hills is used as a voting site, so due to the elections, no classes will be held at Druid Hills on those 2 days. Also, starting the week of November 21st there will not be any 6:30 p.m. classes at the Druid Hills Location due to the Martinsville City Basketball League games and practices.  We hope that you will understand that we are doing all that we can to continue to offer aerobics in the community.  Thank you in advance for understanding and we appreciate your patience.