Grocery Tours 3/23 and 3/30

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Take a grocery shopping trip with HarbinSTRONG registered dietitian, Marcy Pugliese.
Saturday, March 23th: Does the nutrition label confuse you? Are you puzzled by all the claims on the food labels? Spend an hour with Macy Pugliese, your registered dietitian, to find the truth behind the food label.
8:00 a.m. – Rome Publix
10:30 a.m. – Cartersville West Ave Ingles
Saturday, March 30th: Want to Shop Healthy on a Budget? How can I get the most bang for my buck? Come sporting your HarbinSTRONG finest for an hour with your registered dietitian.
8:00 a.m. – Rome Publix
10:00 a.m. – Cedartown Kroger
Participants earn 20 HarbinSTRONG points
Click here to register. Registration is also available via the HarbinSTRONG portal.
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Leprechaun A Thon Photos

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Reminder: Hike 2 Health Tomorrow (location change)

group walking for H2H

Reminder: Hike to Health Tomorrow 

(note location change below!)

Saturday, March 16th

9 a.m.

Meet at behind Hermann Hall on the Berry College Campus

Hikes are weather permitting. Please call Brian Price at (706) 238-2225 with any questions or to confirm weather is not an issue.

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7 Things to Avoid for Better Sleep

7 Things to Avoid to Get Better Sleep

According to a 2016 study, more than a third of American adults don’t get the recommended minimum seven hours of sleep per night. If you’re included in that group, you’ve likely heard (and tried) many tricks to get a better sleep: Follow a set sleep schedule. Drink sleep-inducing tea. Turn on a white noise machine.

But when it comes to scoring quality shut-eye, what you don’t do is just as important.

Case in point: These seven common mistakes can stand between you and the sleep your body needs. Take note of each for a restful night’s sleep.

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Optimizing Your Sleep

This week the TriChallenge is focusing on sleep health.  Checkout these tips for maximizing your sleep. Sweet dreams…

Proven Ways to Optimize Your Sleep

A sleep expert’s absolute best strategies for falling and staying asleep.

What should I do if I can’t sleep? 

Relaxation techniques are easy, effective practices that may help facilitate sleep. On a restless night, deep breathing exercises can help soothe the mind and body to sleep. Inhale completely and slowly, hold at the top for a few seconds, and release audibly and with control. The longer the breath, the better. Trouble falling asleep is sometimes caused by a mind full of the day’s worries. If we are too busy and don’t have time to resolve our concerns during the day, they may surface when it’s time to rest. In this case, keeping a worry list may be an effective relaxation technique. This list should be kept current, and time should be allotted during the day, not at night to review it. During this time, planning and problem solving can calmly take place.

How much sleep do we really need?

The recommendation for adults is typically seven to eight hours a night, though sleep needs vary individually. It is important to remember that children have longer sleep needs that actually increase during adolescence. As we age, we become less efficient at sleeping, and sleep periods often become more fragmented.

How can I determine if I am getting enough sleep?

Most adults in the U.S. carry a sleep debt, which means that their sleep patterns are insufficient to the needs of their body. Sleep debt is clinically irrelevant at small levels. However, an accumulation of sleep debt over weeks can affect mental and physical performance, including hormonal regulation and immune function. Observe your own sleeping pattern and note whether you wake up frequently during the night, are feeling well-rested throughout the day, and how many hours of sleep you’re getting.

Can a daytime nap compensate lacking sleep at night?

Daytime naps can be used to offset acute sleep loss and compensate for missed hours. Naps are also used to compensate for a scheduled short sleep. The best nap duration is around 20-30 minutes, as longer naps may involve periods of deep dream sleep. This is referred to as “sleep inertia,” the “tired” feeling after a long mid-day rest. Napping is a culturally acceptable behavior in many countries and there is no evidence that a short nap is problematic.

Is it true, that a lack of sleep can lead to overweight?

An insufficient sleep cycle may lead to hormonal imbalances and changes in behavior; these include metabolic changes and saturated food cravings. In both extremes of sleep duration, either too much or too little, the metabolism suffers, leading to weight gain, obesity, and other health problems.

Which environment and circumstances can improve my sleep?

A quiet and dark environment free from external stimuli is the ideal. We typically recommend adjusting the bedroom’s noise, light and comfort levels as needed. A dark environment during the rest period enhances melatonin activity. This means that lights from electronic devices should be turned off or covered. Choosing the proper mattress, pillow and covers can also help improved sleep experience.

What’s the best time to go to bed? 

Sleep is regulated by circadian rhythms that are coordinated by cells in the brain following a 24-hour clock. Frequent changes in bedtime and wake time decrease sleep effectiveness and knock our rhythms out of synch. For this reason, it is critical to have a consistent rest schedule. One should first determine their ideal wake time; be realistic about your goals in order to achieve them throughout the week. Once wake time is established, one should determine their bedtime by calculating backwards to allow for seven to eight hours. Whether you are a morning person or a night owl, a stable rest schedule will strengthen the circadian system and improve sleep.

What are the latest and most surprising news in your field of science?

Sleep medicine is a fascinating field that studies various mental and biological systems. We constantly see interesting developments in our field, from basic molecular discoveries to clinical and behavioral treatment approaches. One of the most interesting on-going scientific developments is an analysis of the gut microbiome’s role in regulating sleep. What does healthy neurohormonal function look like according to the stomach? There will be new and exciting moments ahead!

Dr. Krieger is a clinician scientist, Chief of the Division of Sleep Neurology and the Medical Director of the Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian.

Please go to and follow @nslexperience to learn more and come along on the learning journey with us!

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Breakfast Smoothie Recipes

A guide for 6 super easy and simple 5-ingredient Breakfast Smoothies. Many Healthy Breakfast Smoothies either require 20 ingredients OR are not that healthy at all actually. No need to over complicate things. Keep it simple with these amazing smoothie recipes. No protein powder required.

This is a great way to get a jump start on your daily servings of fruits and vegetables!

Be sure to login to the HarbinSTRONG portal to record your daily servings for the Start STRONG TriChallenge.

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Getting the most nutrients from veggies

Closeup of precut vegetables including carrots cabbage cauliflower lettuce

Walking through the produce section in the grocery store can be daunting. The good news is that pre-cut, packaged vegetables are just as healthy for you as whole vegetables – as long as they’re fresh. They’re also less time-consuming to prepare, making it more likely that you’ll include them in your home cooking.

There are some things you should keep in mind, though, when shopping for baby carrots, celery sticks, broccoli florets or other pre-cut, bagged foods.

7 Tips for Getting the Most Nutrients from Bagged and Pre-Cut Veggies.

If you’re participating in the TriChallenge, be sure to log your fruits and veggies on the portal this week!

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