Solar Eclipse Safety: How to Protect the Eyes of Your Budding Astronomers

Boy watching sunset with fatherA solar eclipse is coming on August 21st. Are you ready?

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Make Summer Endless: Watermelon Slushie in December (Recipe)

We’re thinking this counts as a “life hack.”

Here’s the concept: You freeze a bunch of watermelon! Then, when winter has come, and the sweet juice of vine-ripened watermelon no longer dribbles down your sun-kissed chin, and you pine for the warm breezes of summer, YOU CAN HAVE A DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY WATERMELON SLUSHIE.

Watermelon slushies

You can win winter, in other words.

It’s so, so simple. Here’s how you do it.

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12 Reasons Why Umstead Park is Ummm… AWESOME!

In case you haven’t fully delved into the labyrinthine paradise that is William B. Umstead Park, here’s what you’re missing: extensive trails, pristine lakes for fishing and canoeing, campgrounds, picnic shelters, dappled sunlight through trees, breezes over lakes, little turtle and snake friends to say hello to, dog romps in the streams, majestic foliage, and just time away from the day-to-day grind.

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According to outdoor enthusiast, triathlete, and Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery services at Rex Healthcare, Lindsey Sharp, MD, “Umstead Park, where you can hike, bike, or even canoe, is incredibly valuable to our community from a health standpoint. The health benefits in terms of reduction of stress, improvement in cardiovascular fitness, improvement in the management and maintenance of weight loss, et cetera, cannot be overstated.”

But the real testament to the value of Umstead Park is in YOUR photos.

Here’s what William B. Umstead Park means to you.

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The Best Hummus, from Our Kardia Cafe Chefs

hummus from kardia cafeHummus. So healthy, so delicious.

That’s why it’s a highlight of UNC REX Heart & Vascular‘s Kardia Cafe, where our award-winning chefs have free reign to pursue their vision of “a hotel style food experience within the walls of a hospital,” to use the words of UNC REX’s Culinary and Nutrition Director, Ryan Conklin.

Kardia Cafe’s hummus is both inspired and simple to make at home.

Here’s how to do it.

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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Gardening

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According to the World Health Organization, good health means more than just the absence of bad health symptoms. It means the presence of positive emotions, quality of life, sense of community and happiness.  (WHO 1948)

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Moroccan Carrot Salad

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See that beautiful orange creation in the middle of the plate above? That’s the cool and delicious Moroccan Carrot Salad we serve at Kardia Cafe, located in our brand new, state-of-the-art NC Heart and Vascular Hospital.

It’s bright and tangy and takes you on a flavor journey with twists and turns. And now you can make it at home! Go ahead! Impress your loved ones with this winning side dish.

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The Return of the Downtown Raleigh Farmer’s Market

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Ten years ago, the pulse of downtown Raleigh was sluggish. Now it’s vital. Concerts, festivals, movies, food trucks and even ice skaters congregate in City Plaza, surrounded by boutiques and restaurants.

But spring and summer belong to the innovative Downtown Raleigh Farmers Market. At least on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

What’s so innovative about the Downtown Raleigh Farmer’s Market?

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Why Seasonal Allergies in the Triangle Are Worse This Year: A Q&A

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Allergist-immunologist Maya Jerath, MD, PhD, is Medical Director of the UNC Allergy and Immunology Clinic and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at UNC, and a member of the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center.

Why does pollen make you sneeze?

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UNC REX’s Pregnancy & Baby App Is Now Available in the App Store

032017_facebook_ad_withlogo_and_titleThe brand new Pregnancy & Baby app from UNC REX has all the engaging information about your baby’s development that the most popular pregnancy apps have, but ours also connects you to your community hospital.

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Gift Yourself a Sprint Distance Triathlon (GROUP LEARNING SESSIONS)

Post by Rodney Jenkins, a Group Exercise Instructor at the REX Wellness Center of Garner. He is also a business teacher with the Wake County Public School system.

REX Triathlon Raleigh

Eight years ago, I started my own triathlon journey, struggling because I knew nothing about preparing for the sport. Thanks to friends in the triathlon community, I eventually found my way and learned how to properly train. Since then, I have completed 3 Iron Distance Triathlons. It is now my goal to make sure Rex members do not follow the same arduous path I took.

There is a correct way to prepare and I can show you how. Read more…

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