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Start R.I.G.H.T. is a city-wide, healthy living campaign and challenge that aims to increase health knowledge and access to fitness and educational opportunities for Riverside Residents. Learn more.

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RSVP for jumping at SkyZone, Bootcamp, and a Walk with the Mayor

Start R.I.G.H.T. Participants have really been stepping up their game this week with 1656 total hours of activity so far. We have Hunter Industrial Park neighborhood at the head of the pack with the Eastside neighborhood not far behind. With one month left in the challenge, it’s still anyone’s game. Coming up this week we

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Week #7: Boot Camp, Citrus Park Walk, and 1200+ hours later

Today marks the start of week #7 of the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge. Participants have challenged themselves to complete more than 1,200 hours as well as complete free group walks and boot camp classes. If you haven’t been able to attend an event so far, don’t worry we have plenty in store. This month we will

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RSVP today : California Citrus State National Park Walk

Since the beginning of this year’s Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge, participants have completed nearly 1,000 hours of activity. This includes walks up Mt. Rubidoux, boot camp, Zumba class and more. This Saturday, March 5 Start Right Participants and their families are invited to take a walk through the California Citrus State National Park at 9:00 a.m. 9400

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Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge Week 2

This week marks the beginning of week 2 of the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge. We have a couple of free workout events this week and even more coming this month. Be sure to check Upcoming Events for a full calendar. Log those workouts every day for a chance to win one of the cash prizes! Full list

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Winner announcement

Thank you to all the Start Right participants this year. You’re incredible! We’re holding the final weigh outs at Grow Riverside at the Convention Center. The winner will be posted later today. To receive a reminder email when next year’s challenge begins, please fill out the information below. Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates

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Last update and weigh out dates!

We’re in the last week of the challenge and up to 1,915 hours of logged activity. That’s 191 hours logged in the past week, almost twice as much as last week! Arlington has passed Downtown for the lead. But it’s not over yet! It will be over this Saturday, June 13th. Weigh outs will be

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12th week update and inspirational posters to keep you motivated

We’re in the 12th week of the challenge and up to 1,761 hours of logged activity. That’s 89 hours logged in the past week! Downtown remains steady on top. La Sierra Hills has yet again moved up a spot in the lineup, this time passing Casa Blanca. Remember to log your activities. Every bit counts! A healthy

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Week 11 update and free workout apps

We’re in the 11th week of the challenge and up to 1,672 hours of logged activity. That’s 72 hours logged in the past week! You guys have really been pushing it. Downtown remains steady on top. La Sierra Hills worked hard to move closer to the top. Don’t forget to log any activity from this

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Week 10 update and 7 things to do this week in the IE

We’re in the 10th week of the challenge and up to 1,606 hours of logged activity. Downtown is steady on top. Casa Blanca and Arlington Heights moved up two spots in one week so watch out everyone. There’s still time to make it to the top! Let’s keep moving this week. Here are 7 Things

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Week 9 update, new lead, and motivation tips

We’re in the 9th week of the challenge, up to 1,513 hours of logged activity and we have a new lead. Downtown has pushed Arlington off the top. Canyon Crest has the most active user so don’t count them out yet. Let’s see what this week brings! Staying motivated to exercise is challenging so here are 5

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8 week update, neighborhood lead, and a healthy guacamole recipe

We’re in the 8th week in the challenge, up to 1,378 hours of logged activity and Arlington is in the lead! Downtown has certainly stepped up their efforts and follow closely in second place. After Downtown, it’s former front-runner Canyon Crest. Looks like we’ve got some healthy competition going on. Keep it going! Here’s a

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Update 4-21-15

We’re in the 6th week the challenge, up to 1.164 hours of logged activity and Canyon Crest decided to keep the lead. Although the lead hasn’t changed since last week, Downtown has certainly stepped up their efforts. The Downtown neighborhood squeezed into second place this week forcing the Arlington neighborhood into 3rd place. Looks like

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Update 4-14-15

We are officially in the 5th week of the Start RIGHT Challenge and as you can see, you’ve been VERY busy. Almost 1,000 hours of activity has been logged! I’d also like to note that Canyon Crest is back in the lead. Apparently the Canyon Crest and Arlington neighborhoods are quite competitive. I think it’s

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Update 4-8-15

We are in our 4th week of the challenge and have close to 850 hours of logged activities!!! Way to go  As you can see in the chart below, Arlington has taken the lead for the most active neighborhood. Keep up the good work and check back soon for more updates.

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Challenge Updated 3.24

We are now in the second week of the Challenge and Riversiders have logged over 400 hours of physical activity. Check out the graph below to see where your neighborhood stacks up:  

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Community Walk Up Mt. Rubidoux this Friday!

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via Curves on Main Curves on Main invites everyone to join them for a walk  up Mt. Rubidoux this Friday March 20th at 6pm.  We will meet at the entrance on the side of the mountain by Ryan Bonaminio Park. Everyone is welcome to join us and if you are interested you can RSVP by calling 951-276-7100.  

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How to Sign up for this year’s challenge!

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Interested in being a part of this year’s Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge? Here’s how to sign-up: ADULTS / 18 & Over 1) Join us for the Start R.I.G.H.T. Kickoff Event on March 14th from 9 am at 12 pm at Ryan Bonaminio Park (5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside, CA 92506 ) in Riverside to get your official

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New AIReal Yoga™ At Source Studios

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Submitted by Source Studios  AIReal Yoga™ is the first and ONLY form of Aerial Yoga accredited by the Yoga Alliance.  Uses a looped fabric (hammock) that swivels freely on a single point taking you to a higher level. It allows you to deepen your stretch, be fully supported in nature, and serves as a tool

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2015 Challenge Information

The Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge will be starting on March 14th, 2015! Join us for the kickoff event and Walk with the Mayor from 9am to 12pm at Ryan Bonaminio Park in Riverside. The Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge is a city-wide, healthy-living campaign and challenge that aims to increase health knowledge and access to fitness and educational opportunities

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And First Place Goes To…

Congratulations to all the contestants who participated in the 2014 Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge!

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Weigh-Out Information!

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The last week of the Challenge is officially here. We hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves over the past couple of weeks — now it is time to see your results. The official weigh-outs for the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge — which you must have in order to be eligible for prizes (1 $500 and 2 $300 prizes)

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Healthy Seasonal Recipes — Spinach Salad with Steak, Onion, and Date Kebabs

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via www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com  If you’ve been to one of Riverside’s lovely Farmers Markets lately, you’ve probably noticed an abundance of greens, strawberries, and more delicious local goodies. If you haven’t checked out Katie’s great food blog Healthy Seasonal Recipes, we strongly suggest it. She puts together beautiful food using local ingredients — she’s from Vermont so

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Exercising in Heat Safely

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via webmd.com The temperatures are creeping back up here in Southern California, which means you might have to adjust your workouts to make sure you are staying safe and hydrated. We highly recommend everyone take some time to read the following article from WebMD that provides info on how to prevent heat stroke and exhaustion

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Midpoint Check-in / Weigh-in Info

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Challenge News We’ve officially set up our midpoint check-ins for those of you who would like to see how far you have come from the beginning of the challenge. We’ll be joining up with Alvord Unified School District at their “Set for Summer” Wellness fair. Tuesday, May 27th at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park 4031 Flat Rock Dr. Riverside

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The Danger of the Half-Way Point

via inc.com We shared this great research in our weekly e-mail newsletter last week, but we thought it was worth sharing again. Ever wonder why you lose motivation in the middle of a goal? Inc. writer JESSICA STILLMAN shares why the middle might just be the most difficult part of the journey:

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Healthy Mother’s Day Gifts

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via www.health.com  Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day Gift? Well if your Mom is a trying this challenge or is looking to live a healthier lifestyle, the folks over at health.com offer up some excellent ideas for healthy Mother’s Day presents. Here’s some ideas from the article: A good night’s sleep “Adequate sleep is linked

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13 Tips for a Successful Challenge

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13 Tips for a Successful Challenge! 

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Last Day to Register to Win Prizes! Friday, April 4th!

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Friday, April 4 is the last day you can register for The Challenge to be eligible for prizes. Just a reminder that today is the last to register for the Challenge to be eligible for the grand prizes. In order to be officially registered, adults must receive a weigh-in and children must receive a check-in.

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Challenge Kickoff Tomorrow (3.29) Rain or Shine!

The Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge begins tomorrow. The event will be held rain or shine! 

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#RethinkURDrink to win Prizes

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Big News! We now have an Instagram and during the challenge you can share your pictures with us to win prizes!

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What’s Up With the Challenge?

The 2014 Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge is set for March 29, 2014! Find out all that you need to know to sign up and enter to win!

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Dance for Heart Health coming to Riverside!

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via Molina Health and Riverside Community Health Foundation Come and dance for Heart Health on Wednesday, February 12th at Bobby Bonds Park Gym! Molina Healthcare and Riverside Community Health Foundation are partnering to bring this fun, family-friendly event that allows you to earn raffle tickets by doing heart healthy activities. At the end of the

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Challenge Update — Date Change

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via startrightriverside.com We’ve changed the date of this year’s challenge from January 25 to March 29! We are excited for all the advancements this extra time will allows for. Please keep checking back here, you’ll notice our web address is now www.startrightriverside.com, for news. We appreciate your patience through this entire process and can’t wait

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Bike Ride — This Friday!

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Via iebikealliance.org Join the IE Biking Alliance and others on a fun, holiday-inspired bike ride this Friday, December 13th! 

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How much exercise does it take to burn off a Thanksgiving Dinner?

via dailyburn.com We all need days to indulge and Thanksgiving is a great day to do it! You don’t need to feel guilty about eating potatoes and macaroni & cheese tomorrow — enjoy every bite. But, for those that are curious, the dailyburn.com posted this fun infograph about how much exercise you need do to

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MyPlate Gets a Holiday Makover

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via choosemyplate.gov MyPlate, which illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image, gets a pretty cute holiday makeover for Thanksgiving. Check it out below! (If you are having trouble viewing the image, click here.)

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Go Red Shuffle — This Weekend!

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via the American Heart Association of the Inland Empire   Come on out for an event the whole family can enjoy! Plus, its free. This Sunday our local chapter of the American Heart Association will be holding its 2nd Annual “Go Red Shuffle” at the Tyler Mall in Riverside, CA.  

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Diabetes Seminars Coming to Downtown Riverside

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via Riverside Community Diabetes Collaborative  For the last three years, RCDC has brought a special educational seminar to the Riverside Community focusing on the emotional impact of diabetes. This year’s seminar, which will be held in both English & Spanish, is called Diabetes, Food and the Holidays: Preparing for the Perfect (Emotional) Storm. The seminar will cover both

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Karla Adams Health Fair this Weekend! (10/12)

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via Karla Adams Fitness Corporation Karla Adams 3rd Annual Health Fair is this weekend (10/12) at Riverside Plaza. Come out for a day of health and fun. A message from Karla with more details about the event is below.

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Healthy Foods: Key Questions To Ask Yourself Before Your Next Bite

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By Robin Allen, Certified Nutrition Specialist  There is a big push in our society to reduce obesity. Or is there?  Lots of new foods and snacks are being created and marketed as “healthy”.   Many of these so called “healthy” foods do very little to conquer the major challenges that confront us, which is obesity, illness

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Arlanza Community Fair Oct. 5th!

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via Riverside Community Health Foundation  October 5, 2013 / 11 am to 3 pm Free & Open to Everyone Riverside Community Health Foundation and the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department team up for their Annual Arlanza Family Health fair this coming Saturday at Bryant Park! Everyone is welcome! The day will

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Riverside Neighborhood Conference

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via City of Riverside  Join your neighbors at Riverside Neighborhood Partnerships 2012 Riverside Neighborhood Conference! The event will be held on October 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a variety of workshops designed to build strong neighborhoods with focuses like relationship building, neighborhood organizing and enhancing social capital. There will

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RCC Community Garden Grand Opening!

via Wood Streets Green Team Support students at Riverside Community College as they open their new Community Garden! The opening event will feature tasty treats, live music, and information about how you can become a member or get your own plot. Everyone is welcome! The event will be held on the RCC campus on Saturday,

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Heart Walk Volunteers Needed!

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via the American Heart Association — Inland Empire Our local Inland Empire Chapter of the American Heart Association needs volunteers for its upcoming Heart Walk, which will be held on September 21 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. There are many ways to volunteer: Pre-event (ongoing) – As your schedule permits We need volunteers

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2nd Annual Riverside Triathlon

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via Riverside Triathlon The 2nd Annual Riverside Triathlon to benefit the Riverside Police Foundation is set for October 20th, 2013. It’s a great race for a great cause! More details for the race’s website below:

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Halt the Salt!

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via The Drs  A great visual about what happens in your body when you eat to much salt!

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HDSA First Inland Empire Team Hope Walk — November 9

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via Huntington’s Disease Society of America   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Daniel Medina cycmed001@yahoo.com 951-505-1280 Hundreds to walk for Huntington’s Disease In HDSA first Inland Empire Team Hope Walk November 9 Funds raised will help support Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s fight to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s disease and their families. RIVERSIDE, CA

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“It’s a Lifestyle Challenge” from Karla Adams

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from Karla Adams Fitness Corporation  Karla Adams Fitness Corporation is adding a challenge component to their Health & Fitness Fair this year. Chance to win a vacation! Details in the graphic below or at the website link above.  

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Karla Adams “It’s a Lifestyle” Mixer Tonight! (Wed. 7/24)

via Karla Adams  Karla Adams Fitness Corporation is holding “It’s a Lifestyle” Mixer tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its Training Location at 6426 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92506. Everyone is welcome!

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8 Ways for Seniors to Stay Safe in the Summer Heat

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via Everyday Health  Whew! It’s been a hot summer already and we have a few months to go, so we thought we’d share these 8 Tips for seniors to stay safe in the summer heat and remind everyone that the City of Riverside does have designated cool centers for those who need to escape oppressive

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New Exercise Class Premiering in Riverside this Weekend! 7/13

via rcdc.rchf.org Fitness Instructor Ginger Mickow is launching a brand new fitness class – DISCO BOX – on July 13th and is inviting Riverside to join her.

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UPCOMING CLASS: How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally

via Necessary Nutrition Riverside, CA–The Necessary Nutrition Academy presents:  How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally.  This class will take place Saturday, July20th, 10:00am at 3985 University Ave, Riverside, CA.  Registration is $20 and includes lunch. To register call 951-259-5198 or visit www.Necessary-Nutrition.com.

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Healthy 4th of July!

via multiple sites Grilling holidays, like Memorial Day and the upcoming 4th of July, tend to have high-calorie menus between the hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and salsa, potato salad, and desserts upon desserts. But, as we like to remind you here at fitfreshfun.com, it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve found the best healthy

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6 Summer Health Tips for Families

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via Speaking of Women’s Health  Summer is officially here! Hot days, long nights and lots and lots of time for family fun and adventure. Dr. Holly L. Thacker recently wrote the below piece for the Speaking of Women’s Health website to help families everywhere have a safe and happy summer. Enjoy!

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Hills of Riverside Trail Run Series

via Moms RUN This Town Looking for something fun and challenging to do this summer moms? Check out a new running series from Riverside’s Chapter of Moms RUN This Town.

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T3 Fitness Energy Grand Opening this Weekend!

via T3 Fitness Energy T3 is excited about its new, closer to downtown location on Brockton! They are holding a Grand Opening this Saturday that includes class demos, discounted membership deals, and a swag bag for the first 100 people, and raffles!

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Free Healthy Food Tasting Party

via www.Necessary-Nutrition.com.  Riverside- CA – On Saturday, June 29th at 12pm The Necessary Nutrition Academy will host a free Healthy Food Tasting Party, downtown Riverside at 3985 University, Ave.   Although this is a free event, space is limited and reservations are required.  Additional information can be obtained by calling 951-259-5198 or visiting www.Necessary-Nutrition.com

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Healthy Cooking and Meal Prep Classes Offered in Riverside

via Necessary Nutrition For Immediate Release Riverside, CA—The Necessary Nutrition Academy will hold two cooking and healthy meal prep classes this month; The Cancer Fighting Cooking Class on Saturday, June 22nd, 10am and Healthy Cooking Made Simple, Wednesday, June 26th 6pm.  Classes are held at 3985 University Ave, Riverside.  Registration for each class is $20

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Spotlight on Men’s Health — Infographic

via http://online.nursing.georgetown.edu/  

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Men’s Health Week

via menshealthmonth.org This week before Father’s Day each year is Men’s Health Week, a week to “heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.” As Congressman Bill Richardson once said, “Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact

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Wood Streets Green Team Hosts “Dust It Off” Family Bicycling Workshop

via the Wood Streets Green Team RIVERSIDE, CALIF. – June 9, 2013 – The Wood Streets Green Team is hosting the “Dust It Off” Family Bicycling Workshop on Sunday, June 9, 2013, from 3 – 4:30 pm at Pedals Bicycle Shop located at 3765 Jurupa Avenue, Riverside.

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Healthy Memorial Day

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via eatingwell.com, Taste of Home, Kitchen Daily, Recipe Renovator, The Balanced Platter Fennel Salad? Portobello Burgers? Beef and Bean Burger Wraps?  There’s  an endless list of delicious recipes out there that are perfect for grilling holidays like Memorial Day. So, add a bit more flavor and nutrition to your Memorial Day line-up this year instead of just hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips. Need

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Celebrate Older Americans this May!

via The Administration for Community Living (ACL) Did you know May is Older Americans Month? Thanks to a Facebook post from the Janet Goeske Foundation we do now! The ACL’s website says this month is a, ”  proud tradition that shows our commitment to honoring the value that elders contribute to our communities. Show your support for Older Americans Month by

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Stay busy this Summer! RUSD Summer Activity Fair May 18

via Riverside Unified School District  Do you know how you and your children will fill your summer vacation? If you could use a few more ideas, come on out to the Riverside Summer Activity Fair on May 18 at Riverside Plaza from 9 am to 2 pm to learn about summer camps, classes, and programs

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May 8 is Bike to School Day

via City of Riverside  May 8 is Bike to School Day! So grab your bike and hit the road. The day is held by National Center for Safe Routes to School, which aims to help parents and communities create safe walking and biking routes for students in an effort increase safety, health, and community in a

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The Healthy Heritage Movement Celebrates National Women’s Health Week

via Healthy Heritage  Join The Healthy Heritage Movement in celebrating National Women’s Health Week. Details below:

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2013 Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge Update

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via the Start R.I.G.H.T. Committee and CNN Happy Tuesday Everyone! We stumbled across a great article today on CNN about a family that won $10,000 in a Fitness Challenge. ( You can read the article below.) The article says, “Last year, a Mayo Clinic study found people who received financial incentives stuck with healthy behaviors

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How-To-Garden Tour Update

via Wood Streets Green Team This Sunday is the Wood Streets Green Team’s How-To-Garden Tour! Check out the information below to see the map of the gardens and get directions!

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Stop the Pain Conference,featuring Dave Pelzer, to be held in Riverside

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via WomenWonderWriters.com This weekend (April 20) the Positive Results Corporation, in partnership with Women Wonder Writers and Street Positive, is bringing the “Stop the Pain: Teen Summit on Dating Violence, Sex Trafficking and Bullying Prevention” at California Baptist University. The summit is for young men & women ages 12 to 22 and their parents and

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Mind Over Matter with Chrissie Wellington

“Your Mind Matters More” via CNN Casual runner turned 4-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington talks about the importance of your mind and rest during training. Now, that sounds like advice we can all enjoy.

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Local Asthma Resources

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via Riverside County Department of Public Health Help Spread the Word — the Riverside County Department of Public Health offers FREE asthma services to children and seniors.

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How-To-Garden Tour

via Wood Streets Green Team The Wood Streets Green Team is holding its 4th Annual “How-To-Garden” Tour on April 21st from 11 to 4 p.m. 

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Six Foods to Avoid to Cut Salt

via Go Red For Women This great article hit our inboxes this morning and we’d thought we’d share! Here are six foods to watch out for if you are trying to cut salt:

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Make Your Voice Heard — The Riverside Community Quality of Life Survey

via Seizing Our Destiny Our friends over at Seizing Our Destiny wanted us to pass along some information to you! Make sure to answer your phones the next couple of weeks and take the time to complete the Riverside Community Quality of Life Survey.

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So, you want to run a marathon?

Article via runningforbeginners.com  Did you watch the L.A. Marathon this past weekend? We did. We also knew a few people who ran and it made us wonder — could we run a marathon? Here at Start R.I.G.H.T., we like to believe the answer to that question is yes. Yes, we could run a marathon if we

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Avoiding back pain

Video via CNN Ouch! According to the American Chiropractic Society, about one-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain each year. And, chances are if you make your living sitting in a desk, you’ve experienced a back ache once or twice. But, it turns out some very common health-practice, like quitting smoking and staying hydrated,

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Whole-grain banana bread

Article  via Mayo Clinic Who doesn’t love biting into a piece of warm banana bread? The experts at the Mayo Clinic give this classic a healthy kick by adding whole grain flours.

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Riverside Kids Help Design Healthy Eating Computer Game

via pe.com  “How many vegetables can you name?” Mike Axinn, creator and executive producer of the nonprofit Doof (that’s food spelled backwards), asked a group of students in Bordwell Park’s after school program. Six hands shot up in the air — half the group. A while later, Axinn asked, “How many types of candy can

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Why Cholesterol Matters.

Via the American Heart Association High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. As your blood cholesterol rises, so does your risk of coronary heart disease. If you have other risk factors (such as high blood pressure or diabetes) as well as high cholesterol, this

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The Benefits of Fruits and Veggies for Growing Kids

By Ryan Devon Via LiveStrong Fruits and Veggies might be the least favorite foods for kids in America, but they provide so many nutritional benefits for growing kids! Here are a few:

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Eastside Community Garden

Submitted by Eastside Community Garden Advocate Hey Eastside Residents, did you know there was a community garden in your neighborhood? “Letting Eastsiders know that we are here, gives them one more step toward healthy living. And gardening is fun too!” said Jane, one of many advocates for the Eastside Garden.

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When was the last time you had a nap?

MayoClinic via CNN.com Taking naps occasionally can be good for your health but taking them too often can cause problems as well. Use these tips to find the happy medium for your naps.  

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The Snack Bin — Healthy and Organized Snacking for Kids!

via Pinterest.com and QuakerOats.com We’ve been seeing ideas for “Healthy Snack Bins” going around Pinterest lately, which, for those that don’t know, is basically an online bulletin board where people can share healthy recipes, fashion advice, pictures, and just about anything else. We loved the idea for a “Healthy Snack Bin” because it saves time

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7 Benefits of Exercise

Mayo Clinic Staff via Mayoclinic.com Here’s a nice refresher of the benefits of exercising. Exercising daily has many benefits to your physical body and mental health. So before you sit down and turn on the television, remember to get in your daily routine.

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Healthy Recipe of the Week–Salmon Wrapped in Foil

Giada De Laurentiis via Foodnetwork.com Looking for a quick tasty meal that will only take you 25 minutes? Look no further. This recipe is only 300 calories and is full of flavor. It’s the perfect ending to a long day.

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Bike with the Mayor

via City of Riverside

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How to protect your children from the flu

Article by Jennifer Shu via CNN.com Like it or not, the flu season is here. Jennifer Shu, CNNHealth’s Living Well expert doctor, practicing pediatrician and mother of two, shares some tips for keeping your kids healthy during flu season. Good luck everyone — wash those hands!

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End of Challenge Photos — Meet the winner!

Take a look at the great successes of some of our challenge participants!

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Looking to stress less in 2013? Follow these three tips.

Via Go Red for Women and the American Heart Association by Katie Morell We are just a week into the New Year and already we feel busy here at fitfreshfunriverside.com — very, very busy. But we felt a little more relaxed after reading these stress-less tips from Dr. Deepak Chopra that the Go Red for

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Nutrition Events in Riverside with Necessary Nutrition Academy

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via Necessary Nutrition Local Fitness Expert Robin D. Allen with Necessary Nutrition Academy is offering two great free events in January — a healthy food tasting party and a webinar. Details below. Registration is required.

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Starting the New Year Off Right

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Via Blue Shield of California, HUFFPOST, New York Times, Time Magazine About 45% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution each year, but according to a study from the University of Scranton only about 8% of those people achieve those resolutions. While those aren’t the best odds, setting a New Year’s resolution can be a

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Are You Exercising for the Right Reasons?

Article by Melinda Johnson via U.S. News Health When most people set out to get some exercise, it’s for one reason: to look better. Whether our end goal is weight loss, toning up, or building muscle, we tend to be motivated to exercise by external benefits. However, recent research on willpower hints that this external

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Positive Self-Talk

via the American Heart Association The holidays can be a stressful time for all. Whether you are a student facing finals or a mother preparing all of those gifts for the Christmas tree, stress can sneak up on you. The American Heart Association came out with a few ways in which to help keep stress at a low.

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Healthier Holiday Recipe — Orange Glazed Turkey with Potatoes & Carrots

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via the American Heart Association The American Heart Association has released a Holiday Healthy Eating Guide to aid people in making healthy decisions despite holiday stress and big meals — it’s got great tips and is wonderfully designed!  The book includes wonderful recipes as well, including the recipe from Orange Glazed Turkey with Potatoes &

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Karla Adams Fitness Mixer

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Karla Adams, local fitness expert and personal trainer, is holding a FREE Fitness Mixer on December 10! Details below:

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Shop Your Age: Choosing Food That Fits

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Article by Bonnie Taub-Dix via U.S. News Health Remember your grandmother or mother telling you to eat your broccoli or drink your milk so you’d grow big and strong? They might have been doing more than encouraging you to clean your plate. Research suggests we should eat according to our age — find out more

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5 Steps to Loving Exercise … Or At Least Not Hating It

Article via the American Heart Association Tips for helping you find the best exercise for you and then sticking to it from the American Heart Association!

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Nutrition over exercise? Why eating healthy shows quicker results than exercising.

Article by Yoni Freedhoff via U.S. News Health We are what we eat. Find out way a balanced diet takes you farther than exercise.  

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Getting Started – Tips for Long-term Success

Via the American Heart Association Give yourself a gift this holiday season and start taking care of your heart!

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Healthier Holiday Recipe — Green Bean Casserole

Recipe from Eatingwell.com The holidays are here, and, if you celebrate this season like most Americans, you’ll be eating lots of food! It’s tempting to just put your healthy eating habits on hold for most of December, but you can actually make a few simple changes to your favorite holiday recipes to cut calories and

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Mango or Papaya? Spinach or Kale? Food Face-Offs

Article by Keri Gans via U.S. News Health Which foods are best for you?

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Steer Clear of the Cold: Foods That Boost Your Immune System

Article by Heather Bauer via U.S. News Health Simple ways to keep yourself from getting sick this flu season! Good luck!    

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Living a Happy, Healthy Life with Diabetes! Nov. 17

Article by Matthew Carter via Riverside Community Diabetes Collaborative Free seminar about finding the balance between your emotional health and your diabetes. Register today!

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Stay Fit Without Setting Foot in The Gym

Article by Elisa Zied via U.S. News Health As Thanksgiving is approaching, the last thing on our minds is to stay fit. Forget my diet I’m going to eat turkey until I pass out —  every man and woman’s dream right? Unfortunately once this amazing festival is past, we lower our heads and crawl back

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Mind Games: How to Prevent Dementia

Article by David L. Katz via U.S. News Health The science behind prolonging the onset and preventing dementia

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The Truth About Organics — Goodwin’s Food Tasting Event

Article by Matthew Carter via Necessary-Nutrition.com Attention all food lovers! On Wednesday, November 28th at 6:30pm, Goodwin’s Orgainic Food and Drinks will be offering a class, a tour of their store AND an awesome food tasting. I don’t know about everyone else, but they had me at food. Goodwin’s Orgainic Food and Drinks is the

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6 Ways to Make Time for Your Health

Article by Keri Gans via U.S. News Health “Over the years, I’ve heard a common complaint from my patients, who say they don’t seem to have time to take better care of themselves. Their jobs, families, and friends keep them so busy that there just isn’t a spare moment left. Getting to the gym? Not

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Does Exercise Distort Your Perception of Hunger?

Article by Chelsea Bush via U.S. News Health I don’t know about everyone else, but when I get back from the gym the only thing that sounds good is that cheeseburger. I’m not entirely sure if that’s normal, and if it is, why?    

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Karla Adams Health & Fitness Fair

Article by Matthew Carter via karlaadams.com Step RIGHT up and don’t be shy, everyone is welcome here. That’s right, this Saturday at the Riverside Plaza on 3545 Central Ave. from 11am to 3pm is the Annual Karla Adams Health & Fitness Fair. There is plenty of fun for the entire family. Come enjoy: free recipes

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Fresh and Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Article by Natalie via superhealthykids.com Spaghetti is one of Americas favorite foods. Here’s a good recipe for a traditional home-made meal. No preservatives or fluff. Just a few fresh veggies, some spices, and lots of love. Enjoy!

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How to Stay Healthy at Work

Article by Angela Haupt via U.S. News Health Well it’s that time again Riverside, the time for runny noses and grandma’s cold remedy. That’s right, flu season is upon us catching many people off guard. Yet we endure the fever and head to work. So how can we protect ourselves from catching that awful cold, yet still thrive in

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“Awaken” Your Health at Reveille

Lauren Matthies of Reveille shares her studio’s philosophy Article by Lauren Matthies, MS, RYT, Registered Yoga Teacher, Fitness Instructor, and Wellness Coach of Reveille  Reveille is French for “awaken.”  The studio’s name was chosen to inspire all who enter its doors to awaken their lives.  My journey in becoming a yoga instructor started with a

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Heart Smart Shopping

Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping Via the American Heart Association Do you ever get overwhelmed with all the options and labels at the grocery store? We know we do, which is why we were excited to find this heart-smart grocery shopping guide from the American Heart Association. It’s got great tips for shopping in any

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The Importance of Sleep for Children

Tips for how to determine if your child is getting enough sleep Article by Leslie Wade via cnn.com The fact that the more sleep your child gets the better behaved he or she will be seems obvious, doesn’t it? So why are we passing this recent study along to you — we were surprised by

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Free Yoga Class for Challenge Members this weekend!

Never tried yoga before? Now is the time! Lauren Matthies, MS, RYT  Registered Yoga Teacher, Fitness Instructor, and Wellness Coach, is designing and holding a class just for Start R.I.G.H.T. participants! How cool is that? Lauren owns Reveille studio downtown, and has a unique and inviting philosophy for her studio. On her website, she says,

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What Are The Benefits Of Pedometers?

Article by Rachel Nelson via  http://www.livestrong.com/article/411832-what-are-the-benefits-of-pedometers/ A device smaller than a cell phone that clips to your belt, a pedometer counts  your daily steps to help you determine how active you are in a day. By using a  pedometer to monitor your steps and increasing the amount of steps you take, you  can achieve the

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Exercise Quotes

Article by goodreads via  http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/exercise We can all use some words of encouragement from time to time. Not only do they lift our spirits, but they can provide us with that little something we need to keep moving forward. Here are a few quotes  to help keep you going:   “An early-morning walk is a blessing

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“Quick and Cheap Ways to Sneak Nutrition Into Your Day” — This weekend!

Happy Monday Challenge Participants! We have got a great presenter for you this weekend! Tosca Page, of Greenheart and Little Health Nut, will be presenting on nutrition tips and tricks for you and your family this weekend (October 6) at Hunt Park at 10 a.m. Tosca has a passion for helping others learn about nutrition

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Recipe of the Week: Maple-Cinnamon Applesauce

Article by American Heart Association via heart.org Apple season is here! Plan a fun apple-picking adventure with your family or friends and then come home and make this healthy recipe from the American Heart Association. Enjoy!   Serves: 7 servings, 1/2 cup each Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes Description Turn fresh fall apples

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Challenge Sign-Up Extension!

Hello all, We are going to allow people to sign-up to be eligible for the Challenge and the Challenge prizes until noon today. Thanks all! The Team at Start R.I.G.H.T. and fitfreshfunriverside.com.

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Last Day to Enter the Challenge!

Today is the final day to enter the challenge! You can register here under the “My Passport” Section. You must have one entry in the “My Numbers” section of the “My Passport” application by today at 5 p.m. in order to be eligible to win prizes! Call 951.788.3471. Thanks everyone!  

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Challenge Members: Nutrition Seminar Today!

Challenge Update — Don’t forget about today’s great seminar!

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Inspiration: A dad’s journey to be one of the fittest men in the world

Video by CNN We were inspired by this man’s journey to become one of the fittest men in the world. His story is proof that all of us , no matter our age or starting fitness level, can change our health and our lives. Have an inspiring story that keeps you motivated? Share with us

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Challenge Update!

Walk Up Mount Rubidoux with Curves on Saturday! The starting point for this weekend’s Curves Mount Rubidoux walk has been changed to the South entrance on San Andreas Ave. Please be there by 8:45 am so we can start walking at 9am sharp. You can talk with a Curves employee about having your access pass

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Calorie IQ Test: Test Your Knowledge

Article adapted from Savor by Sodexo, Fall/Winter 2012 Edition Counting calories can be incredibly helpful in your effort to lose weight. You should always consult your doctor about the amount of calories you should be consuming daily, which can vary depending on your weight, activity level, and age. However, in general,  women should consume around

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Thank you! Thank you! and there is still time to register for the Challenge!

Hello all! First, we want to thank everyone for coming out to the Challenge Kickoff today! We hope you had a great time and thanks for braving the heat. Second, we want to apologize for the slow internet in getting people registered. Luckily, you can register at home by going to the “My Passport” application

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Today is the Day (9/15)! Join the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge and see who won Walk Riverside!

It’s 6:22 am and we are already up and getting ready for today’s BIG event at White Park! We hope you can make it out! The Celebration will take place from 9am to 12pm, with Mayor Loveridge announcing the winner of the Challenge at around 9:05am! I know it’s early on a Saturday, but we

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Start R.I.G.H.T. Kickoff Event Details, Directions, and Parking

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Hello Everyone! We sincerly hope you’ll be able to make the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge Kickoff this Saturday, September 15 at White Park in Downtown Riverside (see map here).  The event will talk place from 9am to 12pm — Mayor Loveridge will speak just after 9am to award the title of “Riverside’s Fitness Neighborhood” to the winning neighborhood of the

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The Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge Update — New partners added!

We’ve been excited and encouraged by the great support we’ve got from area health and fitness businesses to take part in the Start R.I.G.H.T. (Riverside Is Getting Health Together) Challenge. The Challenge will last from September 15 through November 17, and will provide a range of free health education, nutrition, and fitness classes for Challenge

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Recipe of the Week — Grab-and-Go Breakfast Pitas and a whole lot more!

Article by AARP via aarp.org We missed our post on the “Recipe of the Week” last week because we have been so busy preparing for the Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge Kickoff this coming Saturday, September 15. To make up for the missed post, we are linking you to this great collaboration piece that AARP and the

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Start R.I.G.H.T. Challenge is Just Around the Corner!

You may have noticed a new button on our homepage called “My Passport,” which is a sure sign that the first-ever Start R.I.G.H.T. (Riverside Is Getting Healthy Together) Challenge is just around the corner. Here’s the press release announcing the event! We’ve also just found out we’ll be able to offer prizes! $500 for the

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Recipe of the Week — Sweet and Nutty Stir-Fry

Recipe from the American Heart Association via heart.org After a long week of work, sometimes ordering in and watching a movie is the perfect way to spend a Friday night. However, take-out can often be high in sodium and fat, so when you can it’s better to cook for yourself at home. We promise that

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month — Do you know the signs?

10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s Article by the Alzheimer’s Association via alz.org. The Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations dedicated to fighting the disease are encouraging people to “Go Purple” in September, which is world Alzheimer’s Month.We’re passing along some of the signs and symptoms of the disease to raise awareness. Just like with any disease

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Mood and Brain Boosting Foods

Article by Robin Allen, Certified Nutrition Specialist at Necessary Nutrition Academy Proper diet and nutrition plays a very significant role in our mood and behavior.  A person’s food intake can literally affect brain function.  On many levels the “Standard American Diet” often robs our bodies of our natural feel-good chemistry.  It’s important that we focus our

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Recipe of the Week — Morning Glory Muffins

Article by the Mayo Clinic Staff via Mayoclinic.com Looking for something healthy and fun for breakfast? Try these muffins recommended by the Mayo Clinic. They include apple, carrots, and pecans — delicious and nutritious.

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Gold Medal Celebration Planned

Riverside to celebrate its Olympic hero, Tyler Clary Article by Jerry Rice via The Sun How exciting is this — a chance to see an Olympic Gold Medal Winner from Riverside! The event is sure to inspire swimmers of every age and probably everyone else who attends. The Sun has the details: “Redlands-born Tyler Clary,

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Heart Health Linked to Brain Health

Protect Your Heart, Protect Your Brain Article By: The American Heart Association via heart.org Great news! It looks like taking care of your heart is also good for your brain! The American Heart Association explains: “What helps your heart can help your brain, too. Following a heart-healthy lifestyle can lower your chances of having a

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Recipe of the Week — Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers

By the American Heart Association via heart.org Who doesn’t love chicken fingers? (Unless, of course, you don’t eat meat.) Chicken fingers are a special favorite of kids, and this great recipe from the American Heart Association tells you how to make the dish healthier for you and your little ones!

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Start R.I.G.H.T. Kickoff and Closing of Walk Riverside Competition Set for Sept. 15

Hello Everyone! We are excited to announce we finally have a venue for our Start R.I.G.H.T. Kickoff Event and the close of the Walk Riverside Competition! September 15th at White Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. We’ll have free screenings that day, as well as computers to help people get enrolled for the Start

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Fitness for Less: Working out on a Budget

Article by Mayo Clinic Staff via mayoclinic.com. Working out at the gym or with a personal trainer can be wonderful, but it’s not always affordable, which is why we wanted to share these great tips for working out on a budget from the Mayo Clinic. How can you slim down with soup cans, milk jugs,

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Recipe of the Week — Mediterranean Zucchini “Pasta” With Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes

Article Via Diabetes Forecast If you are headed to any of the local farmers markets this weekend, keep your eyes out for cherry tomatoes and zucchini so you can make this incredible looking recipe. (We’ve seen great zucchinis the past few weekends at the Downtown Farmer’s Market  on Saturday mornings!) Enjoy, and tell us what

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Walk Riverside Spotlight: Downtown

We were so excited to receive an update from some of our Downtown Walk Riverside participants! (Downtown recently stole the lead from the Wood Streets to become the leading neighborhood in the competition.) Dick and Donna Wing, who both teach at UCR, have ALREADY reached their goal to walk 100 miles by September, 15th. Donna

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Your Child, School and Asthma

Prepare to Go Back to School with Asthma  Article by the American Lung Association via lung.org Last week we posted about how to start a new nutrition routine for your child at the start of school, so keeping with that “back-to-school” trend we wanted to pass along these great tips from the American Lung Association

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Recipe of the Week — White Bean and Avocado Open-Face Sandwiches

Article via Diabetes Forecast We are starting a new feature here at fitfreshfunriverside.com — Recipe of the Week. Each week, we’ll post an easy and healthy recipe for you and your family to try! This week’s recipe comes from Diabetes Forecast, which is the magazine of the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Forecast has an incredible

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7 Success Tips for Back to School Nutrition

Article by Robin De-Ivy Allen of Necessary Nutrition Can you believe it is August? School is just around the corner for the little ones, and the beginning of school can be a great time to start new routines for your children. Check out these helpful tips for improving your child’s nutrition from Riverside’s own Robin

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Healthier Fast Food

If you have to eat fast food, try these tips to stay healthy. Article via www.heart.org. We’ve all been there — it’s late at night or you’re pressed for time and you are starving! Fast food feels like the only viable option. Next time you are in this predicament, use these tips to make your

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Skip the Soda

The Harmful Effects of Soda on Your Body Article via http://www.termlifeinsurance.org/ We know soda isn’t the best for us, but this infographic from Term Life Insurance reminded us of the multiple negative effects too much soda can have on your body. Check it out for yourself!

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Your Heart is in Your Hands

Article by Go Red For Women via www.goredforwomen.org According to the Go Red for Women movement and the American Heart Association: “Your heart is in your hands. Heart disease and stroke are largely preventable if you work to lower your risks. It’s important to know that there are a range of factors that can raise

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Tips for Staying Cool During Your Summer Workout

Article via the American Heart Association It’s heating up again in Riverside, but don’t let the hot weather keep you from working out! Here’s some great tips from the American Heart Association about how to stay cool and safe during your summer workout. ————————————————- “You’ve been exercising regularly, but now it’s summer — and hot.

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Walk Riverside Kickoff Video!

Did you start R.I.G.H.T. by participating in the July 15th Walk Riverside Kickoff event? See if you can spot yourself in this great video about Walk Riverside and the Start R.I.G.H.T. Campaign & Challenge from our friends at GTV.  

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Water Aerobics and Synchronized Swimming Classes in Riverside!

A great way to workout and stay cool this summer! Article by: Linda Hicks, Riverside Aerobic and Water Aerobic Instructor   The City of Riverside in partnership with the Riverside AQuettes and the Parks & Recreation Department is offering water aerobics classes at Shamel Pool on Arlington Avenue in the city of Riverside. It’s all

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Educational Bike Tour of Long Beach

Sat July 14th – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Long Beach by Bike with Riverside Mobility Adviser Charlie Gandy On this easy, 8-mile loop ride Charlie will share Long Beach’s innovative pilot programs and infrastructure that have moved the city rapidly into #19 of the most bike friendly cities in the nation. The goal of

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The 4 Rules of Healthy Cooking

Tips to make every meal taste better with fewer unwanted calories Article by: Katie Farmand via livestrong.com Preparing food that’s delicious and healthful is as simple as keeping a well-stocked kitchen. From pantry staples to surprisingly healthy foods, here are the keys to making meals at home that taste incredible and are good for you.

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How to Start Cycling

Those of us who live in Riverside are lucky to have access to some great biking trails, like the Santa Ana River Trail & Parkway. Use the trails to see the sights and get a great workout — the following article helps you maximize your workout on a bike! Have fun and ride safe.

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7 Healthy 4th of July Recipes

Something for the Parade, Potluck and Fireworks Article by Eating Well via lifescript.com Creamy Potato Salad Tossing potatoes with a little vinegar while they are still warm infuses them with flavor. Capers, gherkins and a touch of anchovy give this old-fashioned salad a piquant finish, while red bell pepper and celery add an appealing crunch.

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Firework Safety this 4th of July!

Article by The National Council on Fireworks Safety The team at fitfreshfunriverside.com wishes you a Happy 4th of July and reminds you to be safe out there! Here are some firework safety tips from The National Council on Fireworks Safety:

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Help Your Kids Develop a Good Body Image!

If you want your kids to have a healthy body image, it’s important to give kids positive messages without overdoing it. Here are ten things to tell your kids to help them accept and embrace their growing bodies. Article by Weight Watchers Publishing Group via Weightwatchers.com There can be a fine line between helping kids

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7 Strength Training Excuses: Busted!

No More Excuses! It’s time get strong.  Article by Jennipher Walters via Sparkpeople.com  Remember when you were a kid and claimed that your dog ate your homework, when really you just didn’t get around to writing your book report? Of course, your teacher knew you were fibbing. While most of us are past blaming the

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Tame the Emotional Eating Beast for Good

3 Ways to Get Back on Track — Article By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert via Sparkpeople When weight loss professionals discuss emotional eating, you hear a lot of talk about stimulus control, stress management techniques, and cognitive reframing. This is all well and good (and you’ll be hearing some of that here), but it doesn’t quite

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Remember to Register for Thrive Across America!

It’s time to register and form teams for Thrive Across America! This online physical activity program lets you compete against your co-workers and have fun while getting fit. It’s simple. Each day you log 30 minutes or more of the exercise you choose, you earn a Thrive Across America star. Adding stars raises your score.

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Exercise For Everyone

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Exercise For The Disabled Article by: Laura Winston via livestrong.com Disabled people have limited mobility, so exercise is vital to keep the blood flowing, improve circulation and to allow them to remain as healthy as possible.There are various exercises that disabled people can do to keep them as active as they possibly can be. Disabled

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Seven Day Treadmill Kick-Start Guide!

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Stay slim on your treadmill all season with this 7-day plan from Jenny Hadfield, author of Running for Mortals. Article by: the editors of FITNESS Magazine   Monday Power walk: 30 minutes Strength-train: 20 minutes Total: 50 minutes

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Trend Alert!

Two new classes are coming to Riverside! 1. Hot Hula HOT HULA fitness® is a fun, new and exciting dance workout.  It provides a “total body workout” in 6o minutes.  HOT HULA fitness ® isolates your larger muscle groups, increasing strength and definition to your core with specific emphasis on the abs, glutes, quads and arms.  Inspired by

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Cheat Sheet: Aerobic vs. Anaerobic

Article by: Jonathan S. via www.livestrong.com The human body relies on oxygen to perform physical exercise. Aerobic exercise is the form that uses oxygen on a steady basis and results in improved cardiovascular fitness. Anaerobic exercise uses less oxygen, relatively quickly, to build muscular strength and endurance.

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Zumba Start Guide!

Dance Your Way to Fitness Article by: Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor via www.sparkpeople.com You’ve probably heard of the fitness craze Zumba, a workout known as a dance fitness party. I originally tried Zumba with a friend by following a fitness DVD.While the DVD was fun and the hip-swiveling moves were a

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4 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Workout Routine

What to Do When Your Workout Isn’t Working for You Article by: Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer via www.sparkpeople.com When you started a regular exercise program, whether to lose weight or improve your overall health, your enthusiasm and motivation were high. Even though exercise wasn’t the most exciting activity you had experienced, you began feeling better

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Learning to Love Exercise

Learning to Love Exercise Yes, working out can be fun! Here are ideas to help you move beyond “having” to exercise to actually enjoying it. Article by: Melissa Chessher via www.weightwatchers.com We’ve all made an early dash to the grocery store and witnessed that woman jogging. She looks graceful as she bounds through the neighborhood, and we

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Sculpting Magic for the Belly and Arms.

Banish Arm and Belly Jiggle Never be afraid of a sleeveless top or clingy knit again. This workout will keep you toned and tight. Article by: Diana Kelly via www.weightwatchers.com Want to add definition to your arms and strengthen your core before the summer is in full swing? (Really, who doesn’t?) By ramping up your

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Dealing with Excess Skin After Weight Loss

Article via www.livestrong.com “I lost a lot of weight, and now have extra skin in places. Is there any way to burn off these exercise-resistant folds?” –Peyton Farquhar, via Facebook The Answer Extra folds of skin can occur when you lose a lot of weight, lose it very quickly or if you’re a little bit

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Treatment for Shin Splints

Article via www.livestrong.com “I’m a runner and I suffer from shin splints. What stretches can I do to alleviate the pain?” -Thomas Piel, Reichenwalde, Germany

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Sweet Surprise or Health Demise?

The Truth about High Fructose Corn Syrup Article by: Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian via www.sparkpeople.com Is there something unique about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that could lead to weight gain or health problems? Does your body really know the difference between corn syrup, sugar and other sweeteners? That may depend on who you

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Go Vegetarian- A Start Guide!

Why Go Veg? Article via www.vegetariantimes.com People are drawn to vegetarianism by all sorts of motives. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives or do our part to reduce pollution. Others have made the switch because we want to preserve Earth’s natural resources or because we’ve always loved animals and are ethically opposed to

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The Restaurant Survival Guide

Use these insider tips to be a finer — and wiser — diner. Article by: Duane Swierczynski via www.weightwatchers.com If you eat in a restaurant 4.2 times a week you are officially an average American. Unfortunately, the typical American is also overweight. Part of the reason is that restaurant portions tend to be oversized, and it’s

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Top 10 Cooking Basics

You don’t have to be a domestic diva to be able to cook your own healthy, delicious meals. Follow our top 10 tips for kitchen success. Article by: Jodie Shield, RD via www.weightwatchers.com With our 10 basic tips for using the greatest kitchen techniques, you’ll be well on your way to success.

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Healthy Buttermilk Ranch Alternative

 Article by: Ireland Wolfe via www.livestrong.com Creamy, buttermilk ranch is a perfect complement to your fresh vegetables, as either a salad dressing or a dip. But traditional ranch dressing is high in fat and calories. If you are watching your weight or just concerned about your health, you can make your own buttermilk ranch dressing

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How Much Weight Can I Safely Lose?

Article By: Brian Sabin via www.livestrong.com The success or failure of one’s weight-loss efforts often come down to mindset. I’m trying to change my body as fast as possible. What is a realistic amount of weight loss to expect per week or month? Everyone says something different. 

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Forgiveness- A Decision that Saves Lives.

Article by: Harriet Brown via www.oprah.com Fred Luskin wants me to forgive my mother. And, while I’m at it, my father, my third-grade teacher, my passive-aggressive coworker, the woman who cut me off on the highway, and the guys in Washington who’ve made such a mess of things. Not for their sake, but for mine:

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24 Ways to Add Excitement to Your Life

24 Ways to Add Excitement to Your Life Recharge your mind, body and soul with these new ways to remove yourself from a rut. Article by: Ilona Olsen via www.weightwatchers.com Nothing will snap you out of a rut faster than trying something new. From closet cleanouts to reconnecting with long-lost friends, these ideas should keep you

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Green and Gorgeous

24 of the Easiest Houseplants You Can Grow Grow these no-fuss houseplants to bring life and color to your home. Article by: Denny Schrock via www.bhg.com Pothos This low-maintenance vine is also commonly called pothos, and is often confused with heartleaf philodendron. Like philodendron, devil’s ivy has heart-shape leaves and can be grown as a

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“Dancing My Way Back to Life”

After being hit by a drunk driver in 1996, a fused spine sent Jaime Cadegan’s life into an exhausting downward spiral. Sixteen years later, she has begun healing in the most unexpected way. “Half my back is fused.  I was rear-ended by a drunk driver in 1996, which caused a hairline fracture in my spine

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5 Mind Games that Always Fail

These Common Tricks Never Motivate–Find Out Why Article by : Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert via www.SparkPeople.com Motivation is like cold hard cash: You can never have too much! And when you’re trying to lose weight (for the umpteenth time for many of us) you know that you need a wealth of motivational strategies you can count

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Hey! I love your…duct tape?

There’s no such thing as useless knowledge- as proven by this great article from Women’s Day about the wonder of duct tape! Article via http://www.womansday.com/ We Love Duct Tape! Now that the handiest “tool” in the house is popping up in dozens of colors and patterns, there’s even more you can do with it. Our favorite ideas:

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Aspartame: Poison or a Bad Rap?

Article via www.cancer.org Aspartame, a popular artificial sweetener, pops up often under some pretty harsh accusations. But how bad is it really? Do we avoid this low-calorie sweet altogether? Take it in small doses? Check out this great article from the American Cancer Society and decide for yourself!

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Treating Depression…Naturally.

Article by: R. Morgan Griffin via www.webmd.com While therapy and medication are key in controlling depression, there’s also a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Making changes to your own behavior — your physical activity, diet, and lifestyle — can be effective natural depression treatments. “Lifestyle changes are a very important

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Getting ready to launch!

Fitfreshfunriverside.com goes live June 15th. We are so excited to serve as a total wellness hub to the City of Riverside and hope you will join us as get this city moving and thriving!

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Mind Over Matter in Ten Steps!

Article via www.sparkpeople.com Ask anyone who has been struggling to achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle. They’ll tell you that it’s not an easy thing to do, mainly because there is a huge difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it. There is no magic pill, no secret technique or approach that can solve this problem

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Eating with Diabetes

Article via www.sparkpeople.com Since low carbohydrate diets became popular, the phrase “net carbs” has become a fairly regular fixture on the labels of food products. But, if you are not familiar with the term you may be wondering what in the world it means! There are three types of carbohydrates: starches, sugars and fiber. All

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