Subject: Healthful Happenings - September 2018

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Healthful Life Happenings  

Despite crazy 90 degree temperatures in Colorado, this week marks the beginning of fall. Leaves are beginning to change color and kids are discussing Halloween costume choices. Don't let September slip by without taking your next step towards getting healthier from the inside out.  

In this issue: 
  • Blog Article Highlight - Children are our Greatest Treasure
  • Dr. Abby Approved Recipe - Kid Friendly! Spring Rolls
  • Team Member Profile - Meet Reece and Rachel
We have been working hard to bring you the most interesting news in health and weight loss, and we are excited to share with you our latest and greatest. Thank you for joining us on this journey to become healthier from the inside out! 

Children are our Greatest Treasure

Our children are our greatest asset and most precious treasure. Not only is September National Childhood Obesity Month, but it is also International Child Protection Month. This month is a time to promote health and safety for our youth. 

Did you know one in five children in the United States is obese? What a startling statistic! Childhood obesity easily gets overlooked, but it is a major issue for many of our country's youth. Not only are overweight children at a higher risk for serious health conditions, but they often run into challenges socially which can lead to devastating struggleslow self-esteem, depression, isolation. Additionally, many children in our world are impacted daily by bulling, violence and abuse. They live in constant fear and do not know how to navigate these scary and often dangerous situations. It is heartbreaking to think about. 

September is a month set aside to bring awareness to these situations that impact children. So what can we do? There is no easy solution, but there are many ways our community can support children on their journey to health and safety. One of the most important? Being good role models ourselves. Children are impressionable. When they see us making good, healthy choices, and standing up for what is right, they are bound to emulate those same behaviors. READ MORE>> 
Kid Friendly! Loaded Spring Rolls

This is such a great recipe to make with kids. It looks beautiful and tastes delicious too! 

  • 4 rice wrappers
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups vegetables, sliced thin or julienned (Ex: cucumber, carrot, bean sprouts, radishes, bell peppers (any color), snow peas, leaf lettuce etc. Choose a variety of colors.)
  • 1/4 cup peanut dipping sauce
Wash all vegetables thoroughly and peel any vegetables that require it. Have an adult help you to thinly slice all vegetables. Soak rice wrapper in water for about 30 seconds, until soft. Place on a plate and fill with 1/2 cup vegetables. Fold two sides toward the middle; roll the spring roll up like a burrito.

Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 table spoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white miso
Place the peanut butter, soy sauce, apple sauce, rice vinegar, white miso in a blender or food processor and process until well mixed. Add water to desired consistency.

Dip rolls in peanut dipping sauce and enjoy! 

Click here to view recipe online.
Meet the Healthful Life MD Administrative Team
Reece Salinas and Rachel Volk 

Reece heads up operations while Rachel executes on Healthful Life MD marketing and business development.

Why are you passionate about helping people with weight loss?
[Reece] I have struggled with weight throughout my life and know first hand how hard it can be to get healthy in the right way. Dr. Abby is so kind and creates a safe space to deal with this important issue. I really love that we get to help people reach their goals and feel healthier in a lasting way.
[Rachel] Hearing success stories about the positive impact Dr. Abby and the Healthful Life MD has had on people's lives is amazing! I find it fascinating how health and wellness incorporate so many facets and I love the holistic approach Healthful Life MD takes to weight loss. 

How do you stay fit and healthy?
[Reece] I work everyday to improve and establish good habits. My favorite activities are long walks with my dog and experimenting with new, healthy (Dr. Abby approved) recipes to keep things interesting.
[Rachel] I love CrossFit! I also enjoy running and doing yoga on occasion. They are such a good complement to the high intensity of CrossFit workouts.

What are some of your personal hobbies outside of work?
[Reece] I am an artist. I love working in my studio creating jewelry, metal sculptures and painting.
[Rachel] I am a mama to three kiddos and love playing the role of "soccer mom" with all their activities. I also sell ZYIA Active premium activewear and love how it allows me to connect with so many amazing people.

What is your go to power breakfast?
[Reece] My favorite breakfast is fresh fruit, flax seeds and cottage cheese.
[Rachel] My go to is eggs with spinach and bacon!

Is there anything else unusual or interesting you’d like to share about yourself?
[Reece] I am currently working on a project turning stones Dr. Abby found on her trip to Iceland into jewelry. I love being able to turn something unique and meaningful into wearable pieces that tell a story and have special meaning to the owner. 
[Rachel] My husband and I both graduated from Baylor University in Waco, TX. My hubby was actually classmates with Chip Gaines from Fixer Upper!

Click here for the full article. 
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