Eat Healthy

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Eat Healthy

In February 2012, Lynchburg became a Let’s Move! City, joining hundreds of communities across the country by pledging to take steps to prevent childhood obesity and make each community healthier for everyone. Since then, you will find MyPlate posted in municipal buildings and schools to encourage healthy eating habits. My Plate is USDA tool that replaced the old food pyramid and reminds us to get variety in good proportions. Half of what you eat throughout the day should have grown in a garden.  Limit processed grains and proteins to the other half.



Feeding Babies

Breastmilk has unique qualities that positively influence lifelong health for babies (and breastfeeding is beneficial for mother’s health as well).  Breastmilk is free and always ready to serve, even if the power goes out or when you are on the go. It is clean and warm and very portable. Best of all, breastmilk provides lifelong protection from illness and disease for babies and their mothers.  We know that breastfeeding is a public health issue (like wearing seatbelts) instead of lifestyle choice (like wearing jewelry), and it is the responsibility of our whole community, not just of parents, to provide the necessary support for every mother and baby to succeed.   We are thrilled that Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital is now designated as BabyFriendly and has a unique environment to support mothers and babies be the most healthy!

Go to to learn more about a variety of local breastfeeding resources and to see local businesses that support breastfeeding. Read More

Local Farms

peasWe live in farm country – do you know how easy it is to get fresh, local food?

  • Lynchburg Downtown Community Market – Every Wednesday and Saturday morning,  13th and Main in Downtown Lynchburg.
  • Forest Library Parking lot – Saturday 8am-1pm May –October 15583 Forest Road
  • Bedford – corner of Washington and Center Streets; June-October Tuesday and Friday
  • Altavista – Trade Lot; Wed & sat; April – October
  • Buena Vista – Magnolia Parking Lot; July-Sept Wed 3p-7pm
  • Campbell County – Brookville High School; May – Oct Saturdays 8am-12pm

Click to read more about markets, Community Supported Agriculture, and our Lynchburg Area Food Council.

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Local Turkey

This year, consider some options for local turkeys – great for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas feasts!  Click the link or call the number to order.

Auburnlea Farms, Gladys, VA. (804) 380-1568

Mountain Run Farm, Sedalia, VA.  434-299-5193

Our Father’s Farm, Gretna, VA.    434-656-1188

Restoration Acres Farm, Big Island, VA

Nutrition Counseling

A dietician can make helpful suggestions about how to help you achieve your health goals.

How to Feed Healthy Kids

Current data shows that 1 in 3 kids is overweight or obese. Kids are drowning in extra weight starting at a younger and younger age.  Being obese as a youth strongly predicts that they will be obese as an adult.  These numbers are staggering -and foretell that this generation will have a shorter lifespan than their parents.  Our best information shows that patterns of eating too much are established before children turn two. Children can develop adult levels of cholesterol before their second birthday.  Therefore, the burden is on our shoulders as parents to set up healthy habits from the very beginning.  We must teach our children how to eat healthy -and we all know that they will do what we do, not just what we say.  It takes creativity and consistency. Here are some resources to help us be super models!

1. Internet & Print Resources

2. Healthy Lunchboxes

3. Healthy Snacks

4. Go Green! Read More

Healthy Hydration

All year round – water is the best hydration for exercise. In the hot months, you need to drink even more to stay cool and hydrated.  

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Making Eating Out Healthier

With today’s busy lifestyles, there is not always time to cook for your family. If you are having take-out night, consider the following tips to cut the calories and fat and make a healthier meal.

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What’s Cooking?

Every summer the Downtown Community Market offers a free nutrition education program “We Got the Beet!

Americans eat fewer than 70 percent of their meals at home; but we know that people who eat more home-cooked meals are healthier. The portion sizes are more appropriate, it costs less, you can be more creative and make exactly what you like – but most people don’t cook!  Here are some resources to get you and your family back in the kitchen!

Centra Virginia Community College offers an extensive Culinary Arts program.

Lynchburg Parks & Recreation offers cooking classes! Click here

Pharsalia. Nelson County

Smith Mountain Lake International Cooking School: Chef Mantana Heim. Smith Mountain Lake.


Still not sure where to start? One blog called “100 days of real food” offers 5 different practical menu plans for a whole week, including a budget. Another set of menus can be found here. Still at a loss?  Check out the First Lady’s favorite recipes as part of the second anniversary of MyPlate on Pinterest.

Food Revolution

 Jamie Oliver is a celebrity chef and health campaigner.

In 2005 Jamie started a TV show in Britain called Jamie’s School Dinners.  This put a spotlight on the appalling quality of food served in school dining halls across the UK. He then started the Feed Me Better campaign to demand government intervention, funding and training to improve school food quality.

Jamie came to Huntington WV in 2010 for a reality TV show called “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” and again worked to reform the school lunch programs, to help families fight obesity and change their eating habits in order to live healthier and longer lives.

Watch this and you’ll never eat a nugget again.  WHAT’S IN A CHICKEN NUGGET?

Jamie continues to work to combat obesity through the promotion of cooking at home, fresh cooked meals at school, and cooking in the community.

Here’s a clip of how the Food Revolution truck taught some kids how to love salad!

Go to the Food Revolution website for more information including recipes.

Trick or Treat?

 pumpkinHalloween could be ghoulish and spooky, a chance to show off creativity through costumes and decorations, mixed with a good walk around the neighborhood. But instead it seems more and more to be focused on the CANDY.   Have you noticed that Halloween isn’t just one day of fun anymore? The holiday is now extended into over a week of decorations, costume parties and SUGAR.  How do your kids act with that sugar? Is it good for their stomachs, teeth or waistlines?  Here are some ideas to help you and your family have a healthy Halloween! Read More

Holiday Help! – Thanksgiving

 Do you think you can celebrate Thanksgiving without gaining unwanted pounds? Yes you can!   Read More

Holiday Help – Christmas!



Do you feel the cold temperatures, last minute shopping, and never-ending supply of treats are conspiring to waylay your plans to stay healthy this holiday?  Never fear – Live Healthy Lynchburg is here to light a fire under your yule log!  Keep rocking around the Christmas tree with these healthy recipes or this healthy Christmas meal planRead More

Healthy Valentines!

heartBerryWhat does your dearest love want for Valentine’s Day? Chest pain, high cholesterol, and chocolate? Most stores have large displays with tempting sugary confections, but if you want your valentine to have a healthy heart for many Februarys to come, high fructose corn syrup and fatty foods may not send the right message. Likewise, class parties now request healthy options for students.  How can you show love without adding to love handles? It can be a real challenge to think of a healthy treats for your valentines (or their entire class!)  Here are some tips to help you plan! Read More

Shake Your Shamrock

Here are some ideas to keep you and your leprechauns healthy on St. Patrick’s Day! Read More


  bunnyBrainstorming how to keep your family healthy this Easter? We’re here to help!

Consider alternative to the usual peeps and jelly beans in your basket this year.  Items made of sugar  don’t last long in your mouth, but will linger as love handles and slow your bunny down.  Check out our top 10 list:

  • jump rope

  • bubbles or stickerseaster

  • egg or chick-shaped sidewalk chalk

  • pastel hair accessories or bunny ears

  • bunny print socks or boxer shorts

  • pastel water bottlebasket

  • Beatrix Potter books or The Runaway Bunny  from Givens

  • a gift certificate to Amazement square or Play it Again Sports

  • Pastel nail polish

  • water balloons

Now get hopping!