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Women’s Health and Lifestyle Fair

The Women’s Health and Lifestyle Fair was held in Davenport Iowa at the RiverCenter on March 1st and 2nd. Throughout the RiverCenter, over 100 vendors were offering new health products for everyone to try, fashion, beauty products and even companies that you could join or become a part of such as gyms to get your body into better shape.

The featured celebrity guest this year that came to speak was Ruben Studdard, winner of American Idol and celebrity guest on The Biggest Loser. Ruben spoke about his journey on American Idol and more so on his journey on The Biggest Loser and how he lost weight.

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Iowa Girl Eats

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Crisp, clear photos of food displayed among Iowa Girl Eats is what captures my attention and I am sure many others who follow Kristin Porter’s blog would say the same. What makes her blog even better is that she’s from Iowa!

As soon as you go to her page, most likely a photo will be displayed of a new recipe for people to try. This week is all of her “favorites finds” among the web and I could agree with many of her favorite finds, many look delicious! Who doesn’t like Edible Eggless cookie dough? Makes me want to make some right now!

Besides recipes that Kristin posts on her blog she also includes different workouts and tips, places she has traveled to and posts about her family.

I was able to contact Kristin to ask her a few questions about Iowa Girl Eats.

Q: How did you come up with your blog name?
Answer from Kristin: When I first started my blog it was more of a “day in the life” account of what I was eating, doing, etc., hence the name. Since the beginning in 2009, my site has morphed into a recipe-centered site, but luckily the name still fits!

Q: Do you create your own recipes? What one is your favorite that you have recently made?
A: Recipes on my site are about 70/30 my recipes/adapted or inspired by other recipes. If I’m creating a recipe that is based on another one, I always site the original source. My favorite recipe as of late would definitely be my Warm Kale Salad with Bacon, Dates, Almonds, Crispy Shallots, and Parmesan. It’s a riff on my favorite appetizer, Almond-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, and is so fantastic! (http://iowagirleats.com/2014/02/26/warm-kale-salad-with-bacon-dates-almonds-crispy-shallots-and-parmesan/)

Q: Do you take all of your photos yourself of the food you make? 
A: I do! I use a Nikon D7000 and shoot in natural sunlight whenever possible.
Q: Do you get to travel a lot and is it for business for your site or just for fun and somehow incorporate it into Iowa Girl Eats?
A:
I had a son 7 months ago so I haven’t been doing much traveling lately. Before that though I was able to travel frequently for the blog, on blogger trips learning about different companies/services first hand. For example, visiting lettuce growing fields in Monterey, California with DOLE foods. Whether I’m traveling for business or pleasure, I almost always write about it on the blog. I love sharing my travel adventures!
Be sure to check out her blog and try some of the recipes, there are tons available to choose from.
Be sure to follow her as well on her other sites:

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Run all over Iowa

A new year means a whole new year of races that will take place all over Iowa. Whether its a one mile race or a marathon, Iowa has a variety of different races that anyone can be a part of that will be spread out throughout the year.

Color Run

I myself have decided to start running more races this year and I am glad to have found out how many races there are among Iowa that I can register and run for, which many are for a good cause so why not participate in a race and have the money you register with go to a good cause? Its not a competition for me, I just enjoy the race and am happy to be a part of it. Plus its exercise which is even better.

So where are all of these races located at? The Cornbelt Running Club has a huge list of all the races that will be taking place all over the state of Iowa throughout the 2014 year. Be sure to check it out to see if any are in your area.

RUN!

Click here for Nearby Races.

Some of the ones I am really looking forward to in my area which is in the Quad Cities as well as one in Iowa City are:

1. St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race– March 15 @ 10:00 a.m.
Located in Davenport Iowa
Registration Cost $40.00

2. Black and Gold Fun Run (Color Your Campus) 5K Race– April 12 @ 10:00 a.m.
Located in Iowa City, Iowa (Hubbard Park)
Registration Cost $40 per person or Team Registration $35.00
What makes this run fun? You are to wear ALL WHITE and by the end of the race you will be covered in Black & Gold by getting covered in colorful cornstarch.
Charity? A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit University of Iowa Children’s Hospital through the University of Iowa Foundation

3. Race for the Cure- Susan B Komen 5k Race– June 14 @ 8:00 a.m.
Located in Moline, Illinois
Registration Cost $30.00
Benefits of this race: The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer ever created. Your participation in this event helps us provide significant funds and bring awareness about breast cancer to our local community. Whether you walk, run, volunteer or donate, your support is helping us save lives and provide priceless support to those in need.

4. The Color Run 5k Race– July 12
Located in Des Moines, Iowa
Registration Cost: TBA
This race is just like the Color your Campus run but getting covered in a variety of different colors!

Those are just a few of the races that I will like to be a part of and there are MANY different runs that are available and I too most likely will also be participating in besides these 4. Besides the Color Run there is also a run that is called “Color Me Rad” that also will be in the Quad Cities but not until fall 2014. Be sure to check out those websites as well that I will list for you to check out to see if they will be in your area.

It’s a new year. Try something new. Get out and run and help out your city.

Color Me Rad 5k Race
Run or Dye 5k Race
Color Vibe 5k Race
Glow Run 5k Race

List of all the Races Among Iowa

 

Five Weeks to Wellness

Are you participating in the Five Weeks to Wellness Challenge at The University of Iowa?

Photo Credit: Student Health & Wellness Five Weeks to Wellness

The University of Iowa launched its 5 Weeks to Wellness Challenge on February 3rd and the challenge goes on until March 9th, 2014.

So what exactly is the 5 weeks to Wellness Challenge?

The Five Weeks to Wellness Challenge is a challenge that focuses on improving your nutrition and fitness habits while boosting your overall wellness. Not only are you striving to eat better each day and look better by participating in physical activities but at the end of the challenge you will get a prize of your choosing for participating.

Each Monday you will receive weekly goals, expert tips on how to stay healthy and support from experts. Once you are registered you will track your progress with a scorecard each week to monitor what you have been doing. You can either print off the scorecard or keep track on ICON of your progress. There are physical activity and nutrition goals for each week. Each goal is worth 1 token per day so the more the better!

The goal is 50 tokens.

So what happens at the end of the challenge? Once the challenge is over on March 9th, you will complete an online evaluation on March 10th that is emailed to you and submit the total amount of tokens you earned so you can be eligible for prizes.You will receive an email on how to pick up the prize of your choice if you accumulated 50+ tokens. The prize choices include: water bottle, salad shaker, gym towel, and food container. Students who complete the challenge (50+ tokens) will also be entered in the large prize drawing (dry-fit shirt from Running Wild, mug and smoothie from Tropical Smoothie, and Recreational Services personal training session).

So far my progress is going well as I too am taking on this challenge. Who’s with me?!