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Wellness Bulletin December 21, 2015
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Happy Monday,

During the holidays we often find ourselves cooking and baking more for special gatherings and parties! My current blog offers some heart-healthy substitutions that you can incorporate both in your daily meal preparations or when cooking for larger groups. For more information regarding healthy tips and recipes please refer to the latest blog. Additional information can be found on the 9 Health Substitutions for Everyday Foods blog by the American Heart Association. Furthermore, refer back to our Health Cooking/Nutrition Programs for material and ideas to promote healthy eating practices. Don’t forget to share this information with your department and community using social media, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Coming up in January, the nextWellnessWebinar will be hosted by Greg Walker of Fletcher Parks and Recreation, and Mark Scott, owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Asheville. The webinar will focus on organizing a 5k run/walk in your own community. The webinar will take place onTuesday, January 12that 1:00pm. To register please click the link:

Thiscoming April 2016, NCRPA is partnering with departments statewide to host the first ever statewide Recre8 5k! If you have never organized a 5k race in your community, then participating in the 5k Webinar will be extremely useful information! For more information on how to get your department involved in the Recre8 5k race, visit the race page:,or contact myself( or matt (

I challenge all of you during the rest of December to engage yourself in healthy holiday eating practices and to exercise regularly. If you have any healthy eating ideas or exercise tips during the holiday season then please email us or submit them on thewellnesssite here:(,


Colleen Dougherty
Graduate Assistant,NC Recreation & Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27605

North Carolina Recreation and Park Association
883 Washington St, Raleigh, NC 27506


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