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Heart-healthy habits, ‘real’ food and support for veterans

Here are a few things that may be of interest to people concerned about their own well-being and that of veterans, children and others:

For veterans and those who love them…

The Combat Support Group for veterans in King George County is shifting its meeting times. The group will meet the first and third Mondays of each month at American Legion Post 89 at 10021 Dahlgren Road, from 6-8 p.m. The group, facilitated by peer specialists, previously met on Wednesdays. For more information on this group, contact Jimmy Brinkley: 540/842-2481 or The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program also hosts other area support groups; visit or call at 540-373-3223, ext. 3003, to learn more.

For anyone interested in heart-healthy habits…

Cardiologists have talked for a while about seven things people can do to protect their hearts, but a new report says only a tiny sliver of Americans, 1.2 percent, do all seven. The seven steps: Don’t smoke, be physically active, control your blood pressure, have a good glucose level, maintain a healthy weight, have good cholesterol levels, and follow a balanced diet. You can read more at

For parents and others who care about nutrition…

I’ve become a fairly regular reader of a blog about shunning processed foods and eating only stuff whose ingredient list is short and includes words you can easily pronounce. A post today caught my eye, and might interest other parents, too: “Kids eat processed foods because parents give it to them (for the most part).” If you’re curious about “real food” meal plans, how to shift your family away from processed and sugary foods and how to eat well on a budget, check out