If it’s Tuesday at the Harker Heights Armed Services YMCA, Registered Dietitian Carey Stites is in the test kitchen getting ready to teach a group of 7- to 13-year-olds how to cook. She doesn’t focus on food pyramids or plates divided into quarters of lean meat, fruits, vegetables and a star…

Whether we’re at home, at work or on the go, distractions abound. Smartphones, email, text messaging and social media are always within reach. We listen for the buzz, ding or ring, notifying us of a new message.

In a society where busyness is the norm, intentionally taking time to be mindfully aware of ourselves and our surroundings can feel foreign or selfish.

“It’s noodle time” is not a common phrase heard in a swimming pool, but when Kathleen McDonald says it, all of her water divas, and a few divos, know what she means — more fun and challenging exercises in the water. Five times a week, McDonald, a certified water instructor, takes her student…

At any grocery store checkout stand, magazine covers tout fit-looking models with stories promising new weight loss secrets and workout plans. TV ads hawk fitness equipment and nutritional supplements.

In this 21st century of high technology where everything is expected in a nanosecond, how do you avoid the pitfalls of overprocessed, pre-packaged and fast food most likely laden with pesticides, antibiotics and whatever other chemicals deemed safe for use in our foods?

Charter member Colleen Isdale, front center, and founding member Colleen Bockhold, behind Isdale, get ready to lead their group, Women on Wheels, around Belton Lake. Along for the ride are several men who join in for the fun and benefits of cycling.

Ballroom dancing may not be the first activity one thinks about when the term “workout” comes up, but dancing provides people with a myriad of healthy benefits. “You’re not going to get ready for ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” joked instructor Rudy Gonzalez, who along with his wife Karen, owns “…

But the secret lies not in products you buy, but within your own body and soul. Exercise is the BEST anti-aging remedy out there. Simply put, it’s time to MOVE it!