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Wellness Wednesday: Quick Workout

Be sure to visit the Rex Wellness Centers’ Facebook page every Wellness Wednesday for a post featuring recipes, tips, workouts and more from our wellness experts.

May every joy be yoursthis Holiday

Sometimes it’s hard to make time for your regular workout, especially during the holidays. That’s why we’ve put together a quick workout you can do anytime and anywhere.

 Quick Workout:

  • 1 minute: Walk, March, Jog or Climb steps
  • 1 minute: Squats
  • 1 minute: Push Ups (or Wall Push Ups)
  • 1 minute: Jumping Jacks (or Half Jack option)
  • 1 minute: Controlled Mountain Climber (or standing elbow to knee twist)

Repeat this sequence 2-3 times for a quick workout that will increase your energy.

Reduce rest in between each exercise for a more intense cardiovascular challenge.

*Gradually warm up and cool down as you perform this workout.

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Giving TuesdayThanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday!

We have a day for giving thanks, followed by two for getting deals. Now there is a day dedicated to giving back.

Rex Healthcare will be participating in #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, December 2nd. #GivingTuesday is a day where charities, families, businesses, and communities around the world unite to celebrate generosity and to give.

This #GivingTuesday, we hope that you will join us by making an appointment to donate blood at the Rex Donor Center. Our goal is to have 100 appointments made on December 2nd, with donations to take place before January 2nd. This will help us to secure a consistent blood supply throughout the holidays.

Get Involved:

  • Announce your participation in #GivingTuesday @Rexhealthcare to your social networks and email lists
  • ‘Like’ and share posts from the Rex Healthcare Facebook page or the Rex Blood Services Facebook page
  • When you make a donation at Rex Blood Services post an #UNselfie on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (Take a ‘Selfie’ with a sign or caption explaining how or why you are giving this year. Remember to use the hashtags #UNselfie #GivingTuesday and tag @rexhealthcare)
  • On Dec 2nd make an appointment to donate blood – Visit or call 784.4750

#GIVINGTUESDAY – Why not give blood!

GivingTuesday_BloodOn any given day, blood transfusions are needed for accident victims, patients in surgery, organ transplants and patients receiving treatment for cancer, or other diseases. In fact, even with all the advances in medicine today – when a patient needs a transfusion, there is simply no substitute for a human donor.

The need for blood is great. It is estimated that 95% of the population will receive a blood product by the age of 72 but less than 5% of the eligible population actually gives blood. Each pint of blood you donate can save up to 3 lives! Won’t you please help?

The donation process only takes about an hour, and is completely safe. Your gift will help ensure blood will be available for someone who needs it – even you or someone you love.

Rex Blood Services is located at 2709 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 150 in Raleigh (across from Rex Hospital). Their hours are Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fridays 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and the first three Saturdays each month from 9 – 1 pm.

To schedule an appointment visit or call 919.784.4750.

Looking for another way to give? Make a donation to The Rex Healthcare Foundation

The Rex Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, works to support Rex Healthcare’s commitment to excellence in patient care and caring for the community.

Donations made to the Rex Healthcare Foundation help to support Rex’s programs and services. Your donations help Rex provide educational and training programs, purchase the latest technology and provide medicine and services to patients who may not be able to afford them.

To make a donation, call 919.784.4424, print and mail a donation form, or donate online.

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Wellness Wednesday: Stress Less This Holiday Season

Be sure to visit the Rex Wellness Centers’ Facebook page every Wellness Wednesday for a post featuring recipes, tips, workouts and more from our wellness experts.HolidayStress

Holidays are a time to bond with family and friends, but it is hard to find time or energy. Shopping can also cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. If you have a case of the holiday crazies, here are a few ways to cope!

 1. Plan a get-together with one person at a time, or meet in small, intimate groups. Have coffee, go shopping, or have lunch. This might relieve that “family duty” you might feel on the actual holiday.

 2. Make gift tags with personalized messages telling each person what they add to your life or the world.

3. Gather a group of friends, contribute money and exchange recipes. Make the recipes, spend the day with the friends and everyone goes home with treats to give away for the holidays.

4. Do not charge anything on your credit card after July, which can allow you to decrease any debt you have accumulated before the holiday season – or do your holiday shopping on a cash-only basis.

5. Buy holiday items throughout the year when they are on sale to use for office party gifts, your child’s teacher or other acquaintances. This will leave you time during the holidays to shop more selectively for those closest to you.

6. Give gift certificates that tap into a hobby or talent like baking, cooking, sewing, or simple things like babysitting and housekeeping.

7. To avoid holiday chaos at toy stores, shop for kids at the beginning of the season so you don’t have to endure crowds and long lines.

8. Check out the stores for the most popular items and hit eBay. You might find a good deal!

 9. Start a holiday account at your bank. Saving $20 a month will put a nice chunk of change in your pocket before the holidays. You can also put a portion of your paycheck, loose change, or birthday money in a box to save for holiday shopping.

10. Organize a gift exchange among adults in your family. Buy the children individual gifts, but draw names among the adults. This will save you a lot of money and time.

11. Host a brunch or dessert party instead of a sit-down dinner.

12. Purchase gift certificates to the stores where you will shop during the holidays. Use these to do your holiday shopping, so you don’t feel as if the money is coming out of your pocket all at once.

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Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Oatmeal cookies


  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup of craisins/dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup walnuts/pecans


  1. Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix vanilla extract and cinnamon into the applesauce.
  3. Blend applesauce mixture with all other ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes
  4. Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and flatten cookies into rounds.
  5. Bake approx. 20 – 30 minutes, or until golden and done.
  6. Remove from oven and let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.
  7. Store in a covered container when completely cool.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 90
  • Fat: 2.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.1
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
  • Sugars: 6.0g
  • Protein: 2.3g
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Help us say ‘Thank You’ to Rex Healthcare

RustyWagstaff3Hi, my name is Rusty Wagstaff and my wife is helping me write this post, I’ll explain why in a moment.

If you’ve made a donation to the Rex Healthcare Foundation in the past, I want to personally thank you, on behalf of the hundreds of patients and families you have helped  this year — including us.

Here’s how important your donations are.

The next time you drive by Rex, or walk through their doors, please take a moment to look around and realize how much you have done to keep Rex at the forefront of medicine.

Your help turned out to be tremendously important to me last December, when I suddenly needed everything that Rex could give.

It began with what I thought was the flu. At 54, I was still pretty athletic, but this was packing a punch. Three days before Christmas, with a fever of 105, an ambulance brought me to Rex.

By early Christmas morning, I was in a coma, in septic shock, with my organs failing. Our family gathered at my bedside.

This is where my wife Bonnie has to give you the details.

Bonnie tells me the doctors, intensive care nurses, and all my caregivers were quietly, compassionately determined I’d make it. Few people in my situation did. With a lot of help, I came through.

RustyWagstaff2However, in fighting the bacteria and staying alive, my body concentrated blood flow to my core. Later, my doctors were forced to amputate my legs and hands.

Now, with my new high-tech legs and ongoing rehab, I feel good and I’m doing great.

So here’s where you come in. Bonnie and I need a favor, and it’s not what you may think.

We’re asking you to help us thank Rex by sending a gift today.

When you do, you’ll help us make sure that Rex’s advanced care and kind compassion is always there whenever someone in a situation like mine comes through their doors. You’ll also be helping hundreds of patients and families in need.

With everything we’ve been through, we don’t have the resources to do this ourselves, but maybe you do.

If you can help us thank Rex, please make your gift of $25, $50, $100 or more online now. Or if you prefer, you can print the donation form and mail in your donation.

Please make a donation by Dec. 10th so the Rex Healthcare Foundation can start their 2015 planning.

Rusty visits the nurses that helped him during his stay at RexYour contribution, which is tax-deductible, will give them a running start towards meeting their year-end goal of $1.1 million and starting 2015 on firm footing.

You can give to thank a caregiver, or in memory of someone who changed your life.

If you’re like Bonnie and I were, healthy and busy, you might take hospitals for granted. But when we faced some-thing this traumatic and life-threatening, having Rex there was a blessing.

I know if it weren’t for Rex, I wouldn’t be writing this. I have to say, between my faith, everyone at Rex who supported us, and our family and friends, we have been very blessed.

You and yours may not need Rex as much as we did. But I can assure you, you can feel a lot of satisfaction knowing that when you donate to Rex, you’re saving someone’s life.

Please send the most generous gift you can.

(Want to learn more about Rusty’s journey? Read more via the News & Observer)

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Infographic

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Pumpkin Bean Soup


  • 102414_pumpkin1 can white beans
  • 1 onion (small, finely chopped)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 ounce)
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, allspice, or ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Blend white beans, onion, and water with a potato masher or blender till smooth.
  2. In a large pot, add the pumpkin, juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, and salt. Stir.
  3. Add the blended bean mix to the pot.
  4. Cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes, until warmed through.

Number of servings: 6 Nutrition facts per serving: 140 calories, 0.5 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 28 g total carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 7 g protein

Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,

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Three-Bean Salad

This tangy bean salad is perfect for a picnic, and inexpensive to make. It only costs about $0.79 per serving to make this recipe!


  • 1 can lima beans (8.5 ounce)
  • 1 can cut green beans (8 ounce)
  • 1 can red kidney beans (8 ounce)
  • 1 onion (medium, thinly sliced and separated into two rings)
  • ½ cup bell pepper (chopped sweet green)
  • 8 ounces Italian salad dressing (fat-free)


1. Drain the canned beans.
2. Peel and slice the onion and separate into rings.
3. Chop the green bell pepper.
4. In a large bowl, combine the lima beans, green beans, kidney beans, onion rings and green bell pepper.
5. Pour the Italian dressing over the vegetables and toss lightly.
6. Cover the bowl and marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour. The salad can be left in the refrigerator overnight.
7. Drain before serving.

Number of servings: 4 Nutrition facts per serving: 170 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 690 mg sodium, 35 g total carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 7 g protein, 4 percent vitamin A, 30 percent vitamin C, 2 percent calcium, 6 percent iron.

Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recipefinder.nal.usda.go.

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Good-for-You Cornbread

Try this healthier version of a classic comfort food and serve it up with chili or stew.


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup low-fat (1 percent) buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup soft tub margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (to grease baking pan)


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar and baking powder.
  3. In another bowl, combine buttermilk and egg. Beat lightly.
  4. Slowly add buttermilk and egg mixture to dry ingredients.
  5. Add margarine and mix by hand or with mixer for 1 minute.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes in an 8×8-inch, greased baking dish. Cool. Cut into 10 squares.

Serves 10.
Nutrition facts (per serving): 178 calories, 6 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 22 mg cholesterol, 94 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein, 27 g carbohydrates, 132 mg potassium.

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