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

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How has exercise improved your mental health?

For an upcoming Healthy Living story, writer Donya Currie is hoping to speak with people about how exercise has improved their emotional well-being. Most people know about the endorphin rush exercise provides. But what about the long-term benefits of making fitness a part of your life?

If regular exercise has shifted your mindset for the better, if it’s helped you overcome tough times or given you extra confidence to face life’s challenges, please get in touch with Donya to share your story. She can be reached at

What’s for dinner?

If you’d like to get dietitian Jennifer Motl’s recipe for a lower-calorie Fettuccine Alfredo, click here to get the recipe in today’s Healthy Life Virginia newsletter. The newsletter also has a recipe for a Moroccan chicken and chickpea stew, plus a story about a former couch potato training for the Marine Corps Marathon, a yoga video, and more.

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