Week 2 – STRONG Knowledge Challenge

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Week 2 of the STRONG Knowledge Trivia Challenge starts TODAY!

This three-week challenge tests your wellness knowledge. Each week there is an internet “scavenger hunt” with clues to answer wellness related questions. The weekly trivia questions are posted on the HarbinSTRONG portal midday on Wednesday. Complete the weekly quiz correctly to earn 7 points. Complete all three quizzes to collect bonus points for a total of 26 points.

Quizzes are only available for one week. You can jump in to participate at any time during the challenge but you cannot take the quiz from previous weeks.

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Acts of Kindness

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Did you know… that stress related health problems improve after doing “kind acts”. It helps reverse feelings of depression, provides social contact, calms aggression and decreases the likelihood of loneliness, which can cause stress and overeating, among many other things.   (exploringyourmind.com)

HarbinSTRONG encourages you to take time to spread kindness and look for specific ways to do small things with great love for those around you.
Log into the HarbinSTRONG portal to share ways you have shown kindness and collect HarbinSTRONG points.
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Give the gift of life this holiday season!

HarbinSTRONG 4th Quarter Blood Drive

Wednesday, December 4th  

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


9 a.m. – 2 p.m.                       

550 Gentilly/Cartersville                    

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.                                  

Cancer Center                                      

12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Thursday, December 5th

12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

504/550 – SCI/Specialty Center

Donors receive a FREE Blood Assurance blanket (see image above) and will be entered into a raffle for a KitchenAid Mixer.  Donors also receive 15 HarbinSTRONG points. 

Registration available on the HarbinSTRONG portal.

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Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner!

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Sweet Potato Casserole

This Sweet Potato Casserole remake packs in creaminess and a great depth of flavor using Greek yogurt and vanilla beans.  The nut topping with a touch of maple syrup provides just the sweet crunch the casserole needs.

4 ½ lbs sweet potatoes

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or skim milk

2 vanilla beans

2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

¾ tsp ground cinnamon

¾ tsp salt

½ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp white pepper


1 1/3 cup of oats

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

½ cup All Purpose Flour

¼ tsp Cinnamon

¼ tsp salt

5 Tbsp transfat free margarine

1 Tbsp maple syrup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake Sweet Potatoes.

Steep vanilla beans in milk – which means warm the milk and let the vanilla beans soak while potatoes bake.

Mash potatoes to your favorite level of chunkiness.

Remove vanilla beans from milk.  Combine potatoes, milk, yogurt and spices until smooth.  Pour into a 9×13 baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.

In a separate bowl, combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over potato mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Acts of Kindness

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“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James
Visit the HarbinSTRONG portal to share ways that you show acts of kindness.
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A little rain won’t stop this group!

This STRONG group of Harbinites showed up in the rain on Saturday morning to train for the Jingle Jog! They set a goal and a little rain isn’t going to stop them.
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Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast with Stuffing

Healthy Holiday Turkey.  Poultry can be a great lower fat protein option.  However, often our holiday bird is laden in extra butter and oil to keep the turkey from drying out and to provide a tasty beautifully browned skin.  This year let’s try to lighten our bird.  Using turkey breast will help decrease time in the kitchen and decrease calories on the plate.

Garlic Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

1 whole bone in turkey breast 6-7lbs., thawed

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 Tbsp chopped rosemary leaves

1 Tbsp chopped thyme leaves

1 Tbsp chopped sage leaves

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp Dijon mustard

½ cup orange juice

2 Tbsp lemon juice

½ cup unsalted chicken stock

1 orange sliced (or you may use onion and carrot slices)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Put sliced oranges on the bottom of your baking dish.  Stir garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage, salt, pepper, olive oil and mustard together to form a paste.  Use your fingers to lift the skin away from the breast meat and spread half of the paste under the skin. Spread the remaining paste over the top of the skin.  Pour the juices and stock into the bottom of the dish.  Scatter remaining orange slices around the roasting pan.

Roast the turkey for 1 ½ to 2 hrs until skin is golden brown and internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165 degrees.  You can cover the turkey with foil if it browns too quickly.  Once turkey reaches the safe temperature, remove from oven and cover with foil.   Allow the turkey to rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.  Slice the turkey and spoon pan juices over the top.  The turkey should serve 8 people with 4-6oz portions. 

Stuffing:  Stuffing and dressings are usually made with lots of butter, oil and salt.  Using a transfat margarine to help brown the tops of the dish, helps control the fat portion.  Unsalted stocks provide a robust flavor without the added salt.

8 slices of whole grain bread

1 ½ cup unsalted Chicken Stock

1 ½ cup chopped onions

1 ½ cup of chopped celery

¼ cup granny smith apples finely chopped

1/3 c egg substitute

1 Tbsp fresh rosemary

1 Tbsp fresh thyme

1 Tbsp fresh sage

2 Tbsp transfat free margarine

Dry bread – either leave out on the counter or dry at a low temperature in the oven.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  In a pot, combine chicken stock, onions, apples, celery and seasonings.  Cook for 15 minutes.  Removed from heat.  Chop bread and put in a greased baking dish.  Pour egg substitute over bread.  Pour stock mixture over the bread.  Dot the dish with the margarine. Cover baking dish and cook for 25 minutes.  Stir and cook uncovered for another 15 minutes.

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Take Your Breakfast to a New Level

Let’s talk about the typical American breakfast: namely toast, bagels, muffins, waffles, pancakes, “cereal,” biscuits and bread. Basically just white flour and sugar. Stripped carb. For example, “cereal” really means grain (like oatmeal, millet, kasha, bulgur wheat), and not boxes of sweetened, dyed, highly processed products of limited nutritional value.

Even people who have made the switch to real food and who have rid their kitchens of items from that list of typical American breakfast foods above (at least most of the time) can still be strongly influenced by the list.

Click here for inspiration to re-image your breakfast.

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