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Get Your Greens on The Go


With hectic lifestyles, forgetting
to eat your daily dose of greens
can happen.


It's a common problem in York and Adams counties --- a 2012 health needs assessment done by Healthy York County Coalition and Healthy Adams County noted that only 3 to 4 percent of adults get three servings of vegetables a day.


So, in honor of Family First Health's annual Eat Your Greens campaign, we're encouraging individuals to talk with their doctors and dentists about incorporating more fruits and vegetables in their diet.

Here are a few ways to get in your greens:

  • Hide them in muffins and breads: Zucchini bread or spicy carrot muffins can make for a great breakfast on the go! Bake a loaf or batch over the weekend and eat them all week.
  • Add greens to your smoothie: Enjoy the sweetness of fruit while getting the benefits of the hidden greens. Spinach, chard and kale are three smoothie-friendly veggies.
  • Cut 'em up: Right when you come home from the grocery store, cut up your veggies. This way when you're looking for a quick snack in the fridge, it's just as easy to grab a handful of veggies as any other (less healthy) snack.
  • Sip your soup: Looking for something to warm you up while driving? Prepare a batch of pureed soup the weekend before, and toss it in a thermos for your drives. Soups are a tasty way to incorporate veggies like tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Prep your breakfast in advance: Prepare healthy breakfasts the weekend before. Prep some cooked greens (broccoli, peppers, sautéed kale) in individual bags. Then in the morning just cook an egg/omelet, throw the veggies on top, and voilà!

Easy as 1, 2, 3, right? Like Family First Health on Facebook  and follow us on Twitter for more simple, quick tips to get more fruits and veggies into your diet.


Join Us for Eat Your Greens Events in York!


If you'd like more tips on working greens into your family's daily diet, you can join Family First Health at these community events as part of our Eat Your Greens campaign.


10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 14 --- Central Market York

Eat Your Greens kicks off with activities in Central Market before the

York St. Patrick's Day Parade. Join us for a free kids' craft and recipe giveaways.


6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, March 26 --- YorKitchen, 37 W. Clarke Ave., York

Join Chef Tim Spangler of Mezzogiorno and Chef Trae Grabosch of LettUsKnow for the first ever vegetarian Chef Challenge at YorKitchen. Enjoy this intimate evening of food and competition where the two chefs will be challenged to incorporate a mystery ingredient into a three-course dinner. Tickets are $60 each and are available online.


10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18 --- Central Market York

Family First Health will set up our famous photo booth inside Central Market York during Go Green In The City. Pose with our famous stuffed fruits and veggies and wrap up Eat Your Greens with vendors and educational booths on North Beaver Street in downtown York. Can't wait? Check out photos from last year.


And, Like Family First Health on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for Eat Your Greens updates throughout March and April!


Employee Spotlight: Meet Angel Wagner


Title: Clinical Support Staff Supervisor, Lewisberry

Years at Family First Health: 10

Angel Wagner, a clinical support staff supervisor at our Lewisberry office, loves nursing and loves to serve.


"I believe everyone deserves to have the best health care possible," said Angel. "A lot of our patients have enough barriers in their lives to overcome, and finding a health care home they can trust to get the quality care they need, is awesome. That's why I work at Family First Health."


In her free time, Angel is involved in several outreach ministries including the Power Pak Program, Soul Food Ministry and Neighborhood Fun Night. Her work in the community also allows Angel to have a fuller connection with patients, as they benefit from many of the programs.


"I love working at Family First Health and plan to stay until my nursing career ends," Angel said.



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