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

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Not sure what to cook for dinner? Sick of the same old exercise routine? Need help coping with stress? Starting Monday, the Free Lance-Star Companies will send out a free health e-newsletter every weekday morning, loaded with practical and inspirational health advice. To get it delivered to your computer or mobile device, simply enter your email address at

In the newsletter, you’ll find dinner and lunch recipes, exercise ideas, stress reduction tips and the latest health and parenting news. The Healthy Life Virginia newsletter also will alert you to upcoming health-related events, and let you know how you can make a difference in the community.

Newsletter contributors will include local personal trainers, dietitians, therapists and others in the health care community. But the newsletter also is a place for the sharing of good ideas from others who are health conscious or know their way around a kitchen. If you have ideas to share — especially healthful dinner and lunch recipes! — please send me a note at

Also coming up: Sunday’s Healthy Living section features some inspiring local residents who got tired of being unhealthy and found the motivation to radically improve their lives. You’ll see how much joy a healthier lifestyle has brought to them, and how steep the climb has been for them. Get a sneak peek on the Healthy Living blog at, or wait for Sunday’s paper.

The Sunday section also includes a great column by dietitian Jennifer Motl about feeding toddlers, and why parents generally shouldn’t fret so much about whether their little ones are eating enough. The section also has a moving story about a local teen who, inspired by his mom’s battle with cancer, organized an upcoming fundraising race.