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

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Care about what you eat and where it comes from?

Delve into a discussion of the virtues and challenges of eating only locally grown foods during a community discussion at the downtown Fredericksburg library tonight. The talk will focus on Barbara Kingsolver’s popular book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” which follows Kingsolver and her family as they commit to eating only foods grown by them or by their neighbors in southwest Virginia.

Whether you’ve read the book or not, you’ll want to take part in this book group-style discussion if you’re interested in food — where it comes from, the economic and environmental aspects of getting it to your table, and how it nourishes your body.

The talk, facilitated by local author and yoga teacher Steve Watkins, will take place in the library theater at 1201 Caroline Street at 7 p.m. The talk is the culmination of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s Cultivating Community project, an effort to share information about the farm-to-table movement and sustainable food communities. Click here for more details.

Also of note in the local health community:

  • Stafford House of Yoga held its grand opening celebration over the weekend. The studio, at 971 Garrisonville Rd., is offering classes in hot yoga, restorative yoga, classic Hatha yoga, power yoga and more.  Click here to learn more about the studio, its instructors and classes or here to connect with the Stafford House of Yoga Facebook page.
  • Partners in Aging recently honored Spotsylvania County resident Janet Clore Woodard with its 2012 Caregiver of the Year Award.  ”Mrs. Woodard cares for both her mother and father in her home,” according to a press release from Patricia Holland, senior services coordinator with the Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging. “She was selected because of her outstanding efforts to help her parents maintain their quality of life in spite of their physical challenges.”

Today’s recipes, health news and more

If you haven’t already seen today’s Healthy Life Virginia newsletter, click here to check it out. It includes two new recipes, stories about health issues ranging from breast cancer to a meningitis outbreak, an exercise video from Green Fitnesss, and an idea for how you can make a difference in the community. The newsletter is the leading source of daily health news and advice in the Fredericksburg area — click here to get it delivered to your inbox each weekday morning. And click here to connect with other health-conscious readers on the Healthy Life Virginia  Facebook page.

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