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Running in Cooler Weather

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It’s that time of the year again. The temperatures will soon begin to drop, and there will be a definite nip in the air! But none of these conditions should stop you from going out on your evening or morning run for some much-needed cardio exercise. There are always factors to keep in mind when you are putting on your running shoes to hit the streets. It’s important to arm yourself for these cooler temperatures, especially your feet and body.

You want to ensure you keep the warmth in your shoe and the cold mush out. When choosing the perfect running shoes, you want to pick a pair that has the least amount of mesh because they are the most comfortable and practical for the avid runner. After you have the shoes you are going to wear, browse your closet for technical, moisture-wicking fabric that will keep you warm and dry. Always remember: dress as though it is about 15-20 degrees warmer. You never want to OVERDRESS for the occasion.

Dr. Drew Bartell of the North Florida Foot & Ankle Center says, “As temperatures start to drop and we enter the fall and winter running season, it is even more important to incorporate 5-10 minutes of a smooth, slow warm-up run before you exert your max effort into the training run. Additionally, spending a little longer focusing on stretching your lower extremities will benefit you and help prevent lower leg and foot injuries.” Take care of your body, and it will take care of you. Your feet are extremely important, and these great reminders will help reduce the wear and tear on them during your endorphin-boosting run.

For more information on running in various weather conditions, visit www.NFFAC.com or call 904-236-5023 to schedule a professional foot evaluation.

Halloween Treats

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Sweet Pumpkin Carrot Squares
Adapted from SparkPeople

Yield: 48 Squares
Cook Time: 1 hour
Only 71 calories per serving, the bars are sure to put a smile on even the most ghoulish face at your Halloween party.

Ingredients:
-2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/3 cup Earth Balance (or other butter substitute)
-2 eggs
-2 large egg whites
-1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
-2/3 cup finely shredded carrot
-Cream cheese topping:
-4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 tablespoon skim milk

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 15 × 10 inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder, and baking soda.
3. In a larger bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the sugar, brown sugar, and Earth Balance until crumbly. Add the eggs, egg whites, pumpkin pie filling, and carrots. Beat until well blended.
4. Add the flour mixture and mix until well blended. Spread onto greased pan.
5. To prepare cream cheese topping, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and milk until thoroughly blended.
6. Drop teaspoons full of topping over pumpkin batter and swirl and cut mixture into batter with a butter knife.
7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
8. Cool in pan completely on wire rack before cutting into squares.

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