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COVID-19 Myths Debunked03/02/2021
Are you confused about masks? Healthy Blue gives the facts about some mask myths.
How to curve poor dietary habitsBryce Robinson | 03/01/2021
Make special nights out of it; meatless Monday, Soda free Saturday. This makes it an event and promotes creativity Get...
Diets vs. Lifestyle ChangesBryce Robinson | 02/09/2021
Despite diets being defined as the way a person habitually eats it has taken on a new meaning. Diets are...
Staying Active with a Heavy Work ScheduleBryce Robinson | 02/01/2021
In the modern era most feel they don’t have enough time for much aside from typical responsibilities such as work...
Importance of daily and nightly stretchesBryce Robinson | 01/08/2021
2020 has been a year for the history books for sure. Many of us have had to adapt to spending...
Getting Your Kids into Healthy FoodsBryce Robinson | 01/04/2021
In modern society, unhealthy foods are promoted everywhere, especially with the advancement of technology and children learning how to use...
Getting Past Your Mental Block of Exercise in Quarantine (and Beyond!)Bryce Robinson | 08/11/2020
Eat Smart Move More South Carolina | August 11, 2020 It’s hard to start exercising. It may seem easy when...
Cooking Demo: Black Eyed Pea SaladLauren Wright | 07/30/2020
Clemson Cooperative Extension | July 30, 2020 In partnership with Clemson Cooperative Extension, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, and...
Inexpensive Sources of Protein to Fill Your Shopping CartKelsey Allen, MPH | 05/08/2020
If you've noticed the typical food staples at the grocery store aren’t available, don't worry. There are plenty of other...
Managing the Uncertainty of the COVID-19 Outbreak through WalkingAmerica Walks | 03/26/2020
If maintaining good health during this time of social distancing and digital connection is the goal, then walking and moving...
Making Moves — 5 Easy Ways to Add Exercise to Your RoutineDr. Imtiaz Khan | 01/27/2020
Starting and keeping up with a fitness routine can seem like a lot, but try and take it one step...
Foods that Lower Blood Pressure: Healthy Alternatives This Holiday Season12/13/2019
Unhealthy food choices, especially during the holidays, can wreck any diet and play havoc on your blood pressure.
3 Useful Tips to Help Muscle Soreness after Working Out12/13/2019
If your muscles feel fine right after a workout, but begin to feel sore a couple of days later, you're...
Great Exercises That Require No Equipment11/19/2019
Sometimes making a trip to the gym just isn't possible. Fortunately, there are exercises that you can do at home...
5 Strategies to Avoid Gaining Weight between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Eve11/19/2019
With these 5 tips, you can enjoy this holiday season without worrying about gaining weight.
Find Your Pasture-Raised Thanksgiving Turkey from a Local FarmCarolina Farm Stewardship Association | 11/08/2019
Support local farmers on Thanksgiving by buying a locally-sourced turkey.
Wearable Tech Named Top Fitness Trend for 2020American College of Sports Medicine | 11/07/2019
Do you use your smartwatch or fitness tracker to track your exercise, heart rate, calorie consumption or sleep quality? If...
A Squash for Every Season: 12 Powerhouse Gourds to Gorge On Through the Year11/07/2019
Whether you prefer spring, summer, winter, or fall squash, one thing's for certain: you can't go wrong adding gourds to...
Making Nutritious ChoicesDr. Imtiaz Khan | 04/30/2019
Did you know that fruit juice isn't the healthiest choice? Learn how to make healthier food and beverage choices that...
Turn Your Kids into Cooks for a Healthier Adulthood03/13/2019
Getting your kids interested in cooking can turn them into healthy adults.
Stretch Your Way to Better Sleep03/13/2019
Stretching before you go to bed will loosen muscle tightness and help you relax so that you feel comfortable and...
5 Ways to Get in Shape for the New Year12/20/2018
Have you vowed to take care of your health and lose weight for the New Year?
How to Stick to Your Workout During the Holidays12/11/2018
You don't have to sacrifice your fitness during the holidays.
7 Holiday Foods You Should Avoid12/11/2018
If you can avoid the wrong foods during the holidays, you can still eat healthy, or at least healthy-ish.
How to Eat Healthy at Restaurants09/10/2018
Plenty of healthy options are available when eating out at restaurants. Find out how with this plant based guide for...
The Fellowship of Sweat in a Spartanburg Running ClubNed Barrett | 08/27/2018
If you look around Spartanburg, you’ll notice more of these kinds of groups—social events where people exercise.
My Three Favorite Hikes in Spartanburg at Croft State ParkNed Barrett | 08/15/2018
If you’re looking for a nice place to hike in the Upstate, these three trails at Croft State Park in...
Morning Walks at Cottonwood TrailNed Barrett | 08/15/2018
I started going to Cottonwood Trail in Spartanburg for its flatness and of course for its beauty. But now that...
FAQ’s About Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) ProgramsLinda Watson | 07/23/2018
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs allow you to support a local community farm. In return, you receive fresh food directly...
10 Tips for Healthier Fast Food Choices07/17/2018
It's possible to make wise choices and eat a fairly healthy meal at fast food restaurants if you order carefully.
5 Tips for Choosing a Better Cheese07/10/2018
Want a cheese that delivers the goods - flavor, protein and calcium with the least calories, saturated fat, and salt?...
Walking: The Most Popular Form of Exercise07/03/2018
Follow these tips getting started and learn more about fitness walking
4 Healthy Lunch Tips for Travelers06/21/2018
Here are tips for eating healthy at the airport and on the road.
Vegetarian, Vegan and Meals Without Meat06/19/2018
Eating vegetarian or vegan meals every now and then can help you lower your cholesterol and improve your heart health.
5 Tips To Becoming a Smarter ShopperJasmine Guest | 06/18/2018
Use these tips to become a more effective grocery store shopper:
The Weirdest Workouts Across South CarolinaHeather Cooper Curtis | 05/29/2018
We're all a little weird, and so are these workouts. You won’t regret giving one of these offbeat sweat sessions...
Just Move! One Step at a Time.Mike Campbell | 05/29/2018
The furthest thing from TheFatGuy's mind was establishing a exercise program, riding a bike, going to the gym, anything that...
Why Have Broccoli When You Can Have Fries?Jasmine Guest | 05/22/2018
The introduction of good or bad food choices in a child's life has lasting effects on their physical and mental...
Become the Ultimate State Park OutsiderDeanna Anderson | 05/16/2018
Learn more about state park events with guided kayak and canoe tours and guided hikes.
Sugar: The Good, Bad and the UglyCharlton Goodwin | 05/15/2018
Here are four things to know that can help you enjoy sugar moderately at a healthy level.
Going for a Walk? Don’t Forget your Fitness Tracker!Meg Stanley | 05/10/2018
If you feel like you’re lacking motivation, a fitness tracker may be just what you need to get you back...
Ace Your Meals with Asparagus05/10/2018
Although asparagus is available almost year-round now, it’s always exciting to see the spears — green, white, or purple —...
Don’t Stop Moving When it Starts Raining05/07/2018
Sometimes, it seems like there aren’t enough activities in the world to keep everyone active and entertained, so use these...
Beyond the Kale05/07/2018
You’ve probably heard about the many virtues of kale and its mighty nutrient powers, but when it comes to gorgeous...
A Short Guide to Hiking05/01/2018
Hiking is one of the best ways to get in shape while taking advantage of beautiful weather and scenery in...
5 Things to Start & Stop Doing When Eating HealthyKen Immer | 04/30/2018
When we are trying to eating healthy, we can feel like we are in uncharted territory.
Decoding Food LabelsHayley Weise | 04/17/2018
Reading food labels can sometimes feel like trying to understand a foreign language.
9 Ways to Get 10,000 Steps a Day04/05/2018
There are countless ways to reach a daily step goal. Find the tricks that work for you and keep you...
The Importance of Moving More02/13/2018
Use our Move More blog to stay updated on physical activity tips and trends. You'll find helpful information that you...
The Importance of Eating Smart02/13/2018
Use our Eat Smart blog to stay updated on healthy eating tips and trends.
5 Common Root Vegetables that are Good for YouBrandie Freeman | 02/05/2018
Winter provides an assortment of vegetables that are good for you and comforting and the same time.
Sport Drinks: An Unhealthy ChoiceLauren Wright | 01/26/2018
Many people think sports drink are a healthy replacement for water. Are they right or wrong?
Be Sweet to Your FeetThe American Heart Association | 01/17/2018
Healthy feet are happy feet, and they'll keep you moving toward your activity goals!
10 Tips for Saving Money at the Grocery Store Without CouponsKen Immer | 01/15/2018
Save money at the grocery checkout with these tips!
4 Ways to Make Thanksgiving HealthierLauren Wright | 11/21/2017
Ready to enjoy a healthy and active Thanksgiving this year?
3 Ways to Avoid Going Overboard at ThanksgivingColeman Tanner | 11/21/2017
Thanksgiving is a day to indulge... mindfully!
Must-See Passages of the Palmetto TrailDeanna Anderson | 04/18/2017
South Carolina is lucky to have the Palmetto Trail, a cross-state trail extending roughly 350 miles from Oconee County to...
How to Tell When Produce is RipeKen Immer | 11/18/2016
We can save money and time by using ripeness as a purchasing strategy.
Hikers, It’s Time to Challenge Yourself!Deanna Anderson | 11/03/2016
It's time to get moving with a new outdoor challenge- hiking!
How to Make Your Tailgate HealthyLauren Wright | 09/27/2016
When you plan your football spread this year, try some of these healthier tailgate recipes.
5 Healthy After School Snack IdeasLauren Wright | 08/22/2016
These healthy snack ideas are sure to please your child�۪s taste buds while fueling them for homework and play.
Packed Lunch Ideas for Your Healthy LearnerLauren Wright | 08/18/2016
Try these easy and healthy lunch recipes that your child won't want to trade.
3 tips for a happy, healthy vacationKen Immer | 08/10/2016
Maintain your healthy lifestyle, even when on vacation.
Why consistent workouts are essential for new momsAlbert Krav | 08/08/2016
Sticking to your workouts will elevate your mood, re-energize your body, and ensure you get back in shape faster.
Pre & Probiotics- Promoting Gut HealthLauren Wright | 08/08/2016
Ever heard about the gut microbiome wondered why you should care about bacteria?
When is the best time of day to work out?08/02/2016
Morning, midday or midnight --- when's the best time to work out?
Super-powered BlueberriesLauren Wright | 08/01/2016
Blueberries are one of summer's super foods! Time to fill up while they're in season!
Fairfield Central High School: A partnership for community healthElizabeth Gerndt | 07/27/2016
Fairfield Central High School makes open community use of its outdoor facilities work.
Home-canning Heirloom TomatoesCiranna Bird | 07/19/2016
Make the most of summer's tomato by preserving them for later use.
What is it about tomatoes, anyway?Craig LeHoullier | 07/12/2016
Summer's here, and so are tomatoes! Get 'em while they're fresh!
Staying Active in Warm Weather07/08/2016
Ample sunshine, longer days and warmer temperatures provide more opportunities for the whole family to get outside and get active!
Getting Ready for the Farmers’ Market: Know Your Farmer, Know Your FoodCiranna Bird | 07/07/2016
It's time to hit the farmers' market- let's come prepared!
The Big A: AntioxidantsCharlton Goodwin | 07/06/2016
You've probably heard of antioxidants and wondered what they do. Read on!
4 Tips to Drink More WaterLauren Wright | 07/05/2016
Staying hydrated is easy, even in the summer heat!
Easy Bean TostadasLauren Wright | 07/01/2016
Beans are a nutritional powerhouse and taste great as tostadas.
Tips for Eating Organic AffordablyLaura Pyatt | 06/30/2016
Eating organic doesn't have to break the bank with these easy tips!
Adventure Abounds in Poinsett State ParkDeanna Anderson | 06/29/2016
Poinsett is quickly becoming the premier location for mountain bikers and hikers.
Choosing the Best Organic ProduceLauren Wright | 06/28/2016
We’ve all heard about organic foods and have seen them boldly advertised in grocery stores. But what’s the deal with...
It Pays to Meet Healthy at Work!Hannah Walters | 06/23/2016
Adopting a healthy meeting and events policy supports good employee health!
What’s in Season in SC This SummerLauren Wright | 06/20/2016
Summer officially arrives on June 20, and with it comes bountiful summer produce!
Container Gardening in 4 Easy StepsLauren Wright | 06/13/2016
Maximize small, outdoor spaces with a container garden.
3 Great Ways to Use Herbs and SpicesLauren Wright | 06/10/2016
Fragrant, fresh, and tasty, herbs and spices are also great for health!
Brockman Elementary: Creating a Culture of WellnessElizabeth Gerndt | 06/08/2016
Open community use makes Brockman welcoming to everyone.
McCracken Middle School: Safe Access for the CommunitySandra Sessions | 05/25/2016
McCracken Middle School is a school that believes in community involvement and opportunities for every child.
Entitlement to a Safe EnvironmentSandra Sessions | 05/25/2016
Boiling Springs Middle believes that all people are entitled to a safe and supportive environment.
School and Community: A Reflection of Each OtherCorina Vidaurri | 05/23/2016
Calhoun County High School is located in St Matthews, SC and is at the center of the community.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt: Working Together as a CommunityCorina Vidaurri | 05/11/2016
Leon Maxwell has helped make Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School dedicated to wellness!
Quinoa is a popular new grain, and it's healthy! We put quinoa to the taste test!
Johnsonville High School: A Community PlaceAngela Rogers | 05/09/2016
New upgrades to Johnsonville High make it a center for wellness.
Wildly Good CSAsLinda Watson | 05/06/2016
Community Supported Agriculture is a great way to support local farmers.
Why You Should Add Walking to Your Workout05/05/2016
All of us take the act of walking for granted. Why? Because we don’t realize the amazing benefits of it...
The Picky Eater’s Healthy Grocery ListAnjali Shah | 05/05/2016
One of the most common questions I get asked is what to buy at the grocery store. I’ve found that...
Doby’s Mill Fitness Trail and physical activity05/05/2016
Doby’s Mill Elementary, located in Lugoff, SC believes their students should develop healthy lifestyles by participating in physical fitness and...
Part 2: Becoming a Walkable CommunityJean Crowther | 05/04/2016
Part 1 of this topic discussed the meaning of walkability and why it matters. However, even for communities where citizens...
How to choose the best running shoes05/04/2016
A pair of running shoes can make or break a run. It’s truly the most essential piece of gear for...
Part 1: The Importance of Walkable CommunitiesJean Crowther | 04/26/2016
What is walkability? The most basic definition is simply, “the ability to walk.” However, true walkability is so much more...
Opening School Grounds for Community Use04/11/2016
There are many reasons to be physically active. We may engage in physical activity to improve our health, to connect...
Food as Fuel – Before, During and After Workouts03/23/2016
Your body is your vehicle, so you have to keep your engine — your heart — running when you work...
Juice Up Your Water!Deanna Anderson | 03/22/2016
A few simple tricks can turn a plain glass of water into a tasty, refreshing beverage.
Geocaching: Treasure hunting all over South CarolinaDr Greenhouse | 02/19/2016
I am a pediatrician. And I am addicted to geocaching. There, I’ve said it. So what is geocaching? Geocaching is...
Ch-Ch-Ch-ChiaHannah Walters | 02/19/2016
Remember Chia Pets? Turns out chia seeds are good for much more than growing goofy chia pet hair!
What is Moderate and Vigorous Activity?02/15/2016
American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week –...
The Best Yogurts For Your Health: Greek or Regular?Jayne Hurley | 02/12/2016
With so many options, how can you know which yogurts are the best yogurts?
Trail Review: Harbison State Forest02/10/2016
Harbison State Forest Trail: Firebreak Trail Length: 4.3 miles Level: Easy – Moderate Harbison State Forest is located about 25...
How do you get your heart rate on target?01/26/2016
When you work out, are you doing too much or not enough? There’s a simple way to know: Your target...
Old Man Winter Can’t Keep Us from Being ActiveRebecca Parrish | 01/07/2016
As winter approaches and the weather grows colder (and holiday meals and sweets become more prevalent), I fall back on...
Kick Off Your First Day with a HikeDeanna Anderson | 12/29/2015
There is a belief that how you spend the first twelve days of the year predicts how you’ll spend the...
VIDEO: 17 Miles of Biking and Hiking at Croft State Park12/09/2015
Croft State Park overview from MoreView Media on Vimeo. Croft State Park is a big park with lots to do....
How to Turn your Child into a Healthy EaterBrie Holmes | 12/08/2015
With a little work, it's possible to get even the pickiest eaters to enjoy their fruits and vegetables.
Six Tips for a Healthier HalloweenHannah Walters | 10/29/2015
Though fun, Halloween is a notoriously sugary holiday. Here are 6 tips to keep you and yours healthy this fall!...
Go Outside and Take Your Medicine09/28/2015
By Ned Barrett, Trails Coordinator for Partners for Active Living I had the great fortune of getting to spend three...
What’s in Season?09/22/2015
Navigating your local grocery store or farmers market is easy when you know what's in season.