Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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This week’s Healthy Living includes stories with messages and facts worth contemplating. Among them:

  • Dr. Christopher Lillis writes about the arguments for eating meat—even though personally, he thinks a plant-based diet is best. Should you make room on your plate for a juicy steak? See what the doctor thinks.
  • Dr. Patrick Neustatter discusses how the high cost of medicines is driving some people to get them in Canada or online. But is that safe? Neustatter provides tips for trying out these alternatives.
  • An Associated Press story on heart disease and obesity includes this compelling sentence: “People can keep their risk of heart disease very low if they reach age 45 or 50 at normal weight and weight normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol and no diabetes.”

See these stories and more in Sunday’s Healthy Living. The columns by Lilllis and Neustatter also are available online, at the Healthy Living blog at

Also of note:

  • The disAbility Resource Center in Fredericksburg is hosting Sibling Sunday on June 3, 2-5 p.m., to give kids whose siblings have a disability the chance to meet up with other children whose siblings have developmental, physical or other challenges. The children get a chance to talk while playing games and participating in other activities. The event is open to kids in first through fifth grade. The cost is $15 per child or $25 per family, and some scholarships are available. Registration is required by May 30. To sign up, contact Jenny Fain at 540/373-2559 or by email at
  • During a free Grief 101 class on June 2, a group of local residents will share the wisdom they gained after losing a child, spouse or parent. The session, called “Returning to Life After Someone You Love Dies,” will be held at the England Run Library in Stafford County 3–4 p.m. To register or get details, call 540/741-2377 or send an email to diane .ebenal@mwhc.