Monthly archives of “August 2011

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Shop the Perimeter – Reusable Shopping Bag GIVEAWAY!

Reusable shopping bags are growing in popularity.  ODS Healthcare Services has our very own reusable shopping bag with a healthy message. Our bags have a logo and flier included that encourages you to Shop the Edge.  Many of the healthiest options in a supermarket can be found along the perimeter of the store. We want to promote shopping this way for a healthier lifestyle.

This week, I thought it would be fun to do a GIVEAWAY! Read More

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Dance For Exercise! Be Inspired By America’s Favorite Dancer

The Season 8 finale of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) just announced Melanie Moore, a 19-year-old from Marietta, Georgia as “America’s Favorite Dancer”. As a fan of the show, and fellow ballet dancer for 20 years, I watched last night’s episode with excitement.  Melanie shows such strength and grace in each of her performances. I think her audition for the show was her best performance as it showcases her raw talent.

Along with the title, she also won a $250,000 prize. Melanie won 47% of the votes in the last episode. She plans to return to college and study dance and choreography. A big congratulations to Melanie!

Dancing can be great exercise. Be inspired by America’s Favorite Dancer and make it a goal this week to get up and dance!

Small steps to extreme couponing
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Coupons Boost Financial Health

If you’ve seen the Extreme Coupon show on TLC you’re probably wondering how that kind of savings on grocery items in possible.   First, let’s remember that TLC edits for shock value.  That’s not to say that an 90% savings on a purchase is not possible, it’s just not the norm to start with an $800 receipt and walk out of the store spending only $8.

I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ve found a way of life for my family to help us feel financially secure.  In the grand scheme of health and behavior change, we are eating food from our pantry and buying more fresh food than in previous months.  We eat at restaurants less because we have more food at home and that’s good for both our budget and our physical and mental health.   The hours spent couponing, matching, and shopping has increased the number of hours my boyfriend and I spend together.  We enjoy the “thrill of the hunt” and see this as a long term means to a financially secure future.

Couponing is not new to our community but it’s new to my family.   There is no great magic to big savings.  It’s as simple as watching for an item to go on sale at a store, match it with a coupon, and use a double coupon (to double the discount) when possible.  Here are a few things to keep in mind to get big savings… Read More

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Plan a Daycation – Berry Picking!

It’s A Berry Good Summer!

This summer there are an abundance of berry farms within a few miles of nearly every town in Oregon.  When I was growing up and wanted a summer job I would ask my Dad “what kind of job should I get?” he’d always respond “berry picking was good enough for me, it’s good enough for you.”  Thus would begin my search for a babysitting job. 

Little did I know the benefits of berry picking.  Maybe there’s a difference between picking for fun and my own needs than picking as a job.   Not only is berry picking fun, but the health benefits of berries are incredible.  Strawberries have vitamin C, blueberries not only have vitamin C but they also have a cancer fighting phytochemicals.  Berries are high in antioxidants and rank among my favorite foods. 

How to have a daycation at a local you-pick farm: Read More