Health & Lifestyle

Senior Annelise Jacobs starts the day off stretching as part of this school year’s morning workout.

 Story by Tamyra Horst

As the sun begins to rise, so do the students at Blue Mountain Academy (BMA)—for a 6:30 a.m. exercise class. Principal Burney Culpepper runs them through a vigorous morning workout.

When the school year began, some groaned about having to get up so early. Midway through the year, the exercise time was cancelled during FOCUS week to give students early morning quiet time. Surprisingly, students weren’t happy; they had discovered the benefits of starting their day with exercise.

Story by Taylor Kelley

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center has earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The rating is based on quality and performance measures as compared to over 4,000 hospitals across the country. Less than 9% of hospitals received five stars. Shady Grove Medical Center is the only hospital in Montgomery County, and one of eight in Maryland, to receive the distinction.

"This achievement represents years of hard work at every level of our organization," said Dan Cochran, president of Shady Grove Medical Center. "This five-star distinction is truly the mark of people and processes coming together to make sure our patients have the safest, highest quality care."

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Jennifer McCahan, RDN, shared the following lentil patty recipe, adapted from, at the iThrive Wellness Camp.

1 cup dry lentils
2.5 cups of water to make lentils
1/4 c rice milk
1 cup Gluten Free (GF) cornflakes cereal
1 TBSP onion seasoning mixture (1/4 cup dried onion flakes, 2 TBSP vegan beef bullion, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp parsley flakes, 1/8 tsp celery seed, 1/8th tsp paprika add ingredients together)
1 TBSP Mackays vegan chicken seasoning
2 egg substitutes
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup GF flour or breadcrumbs

Grapeseed oil or spray as needed