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Cajun Chicken Ragu Recipe

One of my favorite dishes, this Cajun Chicken Ragu is a comforting and filling meal that can still be healthy! Typically this calls for bacon and sausage, but even without those two ingredients, this dish is still a hit and packs a ton of flavor and comfort. It also involves a lot of veggies and protein to make a well-rounded dish! Originating from the Cajun/Creole style of cooking, you don’t need to go down to New Orleans to enjoy it – it can be made right in your kitchen here in New England.  Many of the ingredients are common ones that can be found in your kitchen pantry….

Author: Matt Vaghi

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Healthy Recipes- Meals

It can be easy to eat healthy at home! You just need to have the right ingredients (and you probably have many of them right in your pantry or refrigerator!) Here are some of our favorite meal ideas – check them out: Breakfast Recipes: Baked Egg Muffins Egg White Omelet Breakfast Banana Split Banana Oat Pancakes Smoothies Lunch Recipes: Chicken Tenders Turkey Avocado Wrap Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus Sandwich How to make a healthier salad   Dinner Recipes: Baked Salmon One Pan Roasted Chicken and Veggies Taco Salad Three Cheese Penne Pasta Snack Recipes: Ants on a Log…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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New Year, New Wellness Goals!

With the new year comes new goals! New Year’s resolutions can seem so daunting. How are you going to do something consistently for a whole year?? Here are some tips for sticking with your 2020 wellness and fitness goals: Try breaking your resolutions into more specific actions. Instead of “exercise more,” your resolution could be “take a walk every Wednesday.” Instead of a broad goal to “drink more water” you could get an app that reminds you to drink water throughout the day. Make monthly resolutions. In January you could focus on drinking more water. In February, work on…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Fitness Opportunities for Athletes

Here are a list of the current fitness programs that are being offered by Special Olympics Massachusetts! To sign up or for more information email Vicky.dinatale@specialolympicsma.org NEWTON – Boxygen, boxing based fitness program. SPRINGFIELD AREA – Western MA Hiking Club. Enjoy nature while getting some exercise. MARLBOROUGH – Running & Walking Club at Yawkey Sports Training Center. No matter your fitness level we have a spot for you! Family Bootcamp at Yawkey Sports Training Center. Will resume in the fall. We host class one time a month for families to work out together! WORCESTER – Worcester State Fitness Program-…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit ! Feel Good ! June Blog

First off, Let’s start by taking time to reflect on April’s Goal: Eat Better. There are numerous reasons out there for why people don’t eat healthy. It’s too expensive, I don’t have enough time, schedules are too crazy, etc. If you are one of these people who find eating healthy difficult, your not alone and there are ways to change ones eating habits! Instead of trying to change your eating habits completely try to focus on one aspect of it. During last month’s blog we discussed then food groups and how to eat healthy for each group (see below)….

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Recipes to make water more fun!

You probably know you should drink 5 glasses of water a day, but sometimes that’s hard to do when there are so many other flavorful drinks out there. Here are some fruit and water recipes to make drinking water fun! The natural sweetness from the fruit will make your drink taste sweet without added sugar. Get a water bottle with an infuser, or put fruit in your bottle and fill with cold water. You can even fill a bottle or pitcher with fruit and water and leave it overnight in the fridge. Then strain the water in the morning…

Author: Catherine Twing

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Get Fit! Feel Good! January Blog

Happy New Years! 2019 has finally arrived meaning this is your chance to hit the reset button and start fresh on your health and wellness goals or resolutions. I mean what better time to start than the beginning of a new year!  New Year, New Goals! Experts says it takes about 21 days to form a habit and I know that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, it takes small changes over a period of time. Trying to start a fitness routine, eat healthier, and break a bad habit (such as smoking, eating fast food or drinking soda)…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Get Fit! Feel Good! December Blog

Staying Healthy & Fit for the Holiday Season! Did you know that December 2 -8 is National Hand Washing Awareness Week? Although many of us were taught as kids to wash our hands before dinner, it’s important to remember germs don’t care what time of day it is. Having clean hands can prevent sickness which especially important during the winter!! Doing it Right- Experts recommend washing your hands with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds making sure to get in-between your fingers and under your nails. Once finished be sure to use a clean towel to dry your…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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November Blog- Tips for Staying Healthy at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day where we gather with friends and family to give thanks. Thanksgiving is also a day that often revolves around food and begins a long food-filled holiday season.  For those that have a fitness goal or are working towards healthier habits, Thanksgiving might feel like more of a battle than anything else. According to the article Wellness Warriors of Wayne State University a recent study found that on average most people only gain about 1 pound over the entire holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day).  So there is no reason to stress about weight gain…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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Get Fit! Feel Good!

October Means Halloween & More Fall Fun! With Halloween approaching, stores have already begun stocking up and displaying our favorite decorations and that includes lots of candy. With candy on every corner, resisting those sweet cravings becomes challenging and many times we lose sight of our fitness/ health goals. This Halloween, stay on track with these helpful tips: Sugar – What it Does to You & Ways to Avoid the Cravings From: NASM: Surviving the Terror of Halloween Candy Most people know that in order to have a healthy diet, avoiding candy or having it in small and occasional…

Author: Vick DiNatale

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