Issue No. 44
September 2017

6 Reasons You Need a Nutritionist

As research continues to reveal the importance of proper nutrition for a healthy body, nutritionists and registered dietitians are taking on larger roles as part of the care team.
Nutrition Resources for Parents
The worries and woes of being a parent never end, but at least there is a reliable source for information on how to feed them as they grow.

Strong Core, Proper Form Help Prevent Back Injuries

Fall is a popular time to take a family vacation, move to a new home. and get caught up on backyard projects. Although no one adds "back injury" to their to-do list, these popular activities can lead to injuries.

Exercise Video  

Denise Austin: Total Body Toning- Office Workout

Denise Austin: Total Body Toning - Office Workout


Provider Spotlight

Provider Name: Charmaine Elliott, MD 
Practice Name:
1510 North 28th Street
Suite 308 
Richmond, VA 23223
Dr. Charmaine Elliott attended New York University College of Arts and Science for her undergraduate degree. She received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency from Montefiore Hospital. Dr. Elliott is board-certified by the American Academy of Internal Medicine. Prior to joining Bon Secours, Dr. Elliott practiced in Bronx, New York. She has a clinical interest in women's health and working with the underserved community.

What do you enjoy most about being an Internal Medicine & Primary Care Provider?
I am most grateful for the opportunity and honor that my job brings me daily. I am able to meet new people and families. They honor me by trusting me with their health and wellbeing. My job allows me to educate and improve lives.

Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
I chose Bon Secours and the location I will be working at in order to bring care to the neediest. It is the most fulfilling aspect of being a primary care physician.

What do you enjoy outside of your work?
In my free time, I am an avid Zumba participant, reader, and podcast listener.

Wellness Club Card
Sponsor Highlight

Virginia Eye Institute is excited to offer Bon Secours Workforce Wellness members $10 off any purchase of $100 or more at any of the Virginia Eye Institute Optical Shops. This offer cannot be combined with Spectera Vision Insurance, United Healthcare Vision Insurance or Davis Vision Insurance. Visit us at


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Zesty Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash Noodles

Ready In: 50 mins.
Prep: 10 mins.
Cook: 40 mins.

Yields 4 Servings


1 spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
1 lb. fresh shrimp, peeled
1 lemon
1 1/2 tsp dill
1/4 tsp. crushed chili peppers
1 Tbsp. butter
1 garlic clove, minced

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF and prepare a baking sheet with foil. Lightly brush the squash with oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place squash flesh-side down on baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, until tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Add shrimp to a large mixing bowl, and toss with lemon juice, dill, and chili pepper flakes.
  3. Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat; add garlic, sautéing until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add shrimp and sauté until the shrimp curl slightly and become pink, about 2-5 minutes.
  4. Once squash is tender, allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Using a fork, scrape out the flesh of squash so that it falls in noodle-like tendrils into bowls. Add cooked shrimp and any juice from pan on top and serve.
Kid Friendly Prep-Suggestions
Kids will love to scrape the flesh from the cooked spaghetti squash because of how it transforms into noodles. You can substitute the shrimp with chicken that is baked in the oven at the same time you are baking the spaghetti squash. You can also add a marinara sauce to disguise this squash as traditional spaghetti.

Leftover Suggestions
You can reuse the shrimp in tacos since they are very mildly flavored with garlic. Use any leftover spaghetti squash to make your traditional spaghetti with tomato sauce and whip up some meatballs to accompany your noodles.

Stay Active: 
Check out these fun upcoming events!

Grocery Store Tour with the Live Free Group

Tuesday, September 12: Whole Foods, 5:30 pm
Monday, September 18: Trader Joe's, 5:30 pm
Monday, September 25: Whole Foods, 5:30 pm
Join us for a fun time and great information for your healthy lifestyle! Participants must make reservations for tour no later than 24 hours before event.
Learn more
or or call to register at

Trails & Ales presented by Capital Ale House
Saturday, September 16
Start, Finish, and Craft Brew Fest in Manchester at 10th and Semmes
Calling all beer drinkers with a trail running problem! We're excited to announce our third annual Trails & Ales presented by Capital Ale House trail run and beer festival! Runners will have two distance options to choose from before finishing at the beer festival, where local craft brews, music, and good friends await!
Learn more

American Heart Association Heart Walk
Saturday, October 7
West Creek Parkway
Richmond, VA 23238
We aren't just walking. We're Heartwalking! Thank you for joining nearly 1 million Americans at 305 events across the country to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. How can you make a positive difference in the lives of your friends, family and co-workers? Join the Heart Walk, start Heartwalking and make the commitment to lead a heart healthy life and become healthy for good. Remember -- we're not only raising funds, we're raising heartbeats!
Learn more

Whole Foods Marathon, Jr.
Saturday, October 28
Byrd Park
600 S. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230
Calling all pirates, princesses, goblins, superheroes, and ghosts-we've got a fun run that's less trick and all treat! Join us for a boo-tiful day in Byrd Park at the Whole Foods Marathon, Jr. We've got a haunted half mile option and a 1-mile course! This event is sure to put the hustle in your Halloween... mummies (and daddies) are welcome! We guarantee it'll be a screamin' good time! The Whole Foods Marathon, Jr., is part of the Anthem Richmond Marathon - just happening two weeks earlier!
Learn more

Anthem Richmond Marathon
Saturday, November 11
Downtown Richmond
It's our 40th birthday and you're invited to the party! Disco is dead. Cotton running clothes are a thing of the past (thank goodness). Tube socks are out of style. A lot has changed about the Anthem Richmond Marathon over the past 40 years, but our dedication to offering you the best race experience possible remains the same. Whether you choose to take on the marathon, half marathon, or 8k, when you run Richmond, you'll receive VIP treatment! With thousands of volunteers and spectators encouraging you, and more race perks that you can count, you'll see why we've earned our rep as America's Friendliest Marathon!


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