Monthly archive for June 2019

Charlotte Davis

Charlotte Davis

Charlotte Davis has led First Place 4 Health groups in Arkansas churches since 1995 and says that she never plans to stop because God forever changed her life and her priorities through the program!  She has served as Arkansas Networking Leader for over 15 years and has also served as a speaker (and sometimes Worship Leader) for many national FP4H events including Summit and Wellness Week. Charlotte is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian, is credentialed as a School Nutrition Specialist, and works as the Child Nutrition Director for an Arkansas public school district of over 4000 students.  She has been married to Tony Davis since 1987 and they have two grown children (Kayla and Jake).  Her favorite activities include spending time/traveling with her family, serving on the Praise and Worship Team in her church, reading Christian literature, and cooking.

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You Are Worth It!

You Are Worth It!

In 2010, a week after I reached my healthy weight, I flew to Houston, Texas, to attend my first Summit. Each year, FP4H hosts this two-day event with success stories, breakout sessions on leadership, nutrition, spiritual growth, and a keynote speaker to inspire us. I marveled at the vast size of the facilities at Houston’s First Baptist Church. I’d never been in a mega-church before. It resembled a community college, and I needed a map to find my way around the campus. Even though I attended one of the largest churches in Pittsburgh, PA, it was dwarfed by this 4,000-seat worship center. In 2010, starstruck, I met leaders and teachers I’d watched on the DVDs and read about in books. The speakers challenged my perspective: Vicki Heath, then associate director, shared: “If you do not quit, you will succeed.” Becky Turner, emcee and breakout session speaker, said: “Say ‘no’ so

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Fresh Fruit with Lemon Cream

Fresh Fruit with Lemon Cream

4 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese ¾ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt 1 tsp. honey 2 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest 2 cups fresh blueberries or mixed berries 4 tsp. granola Using a fork, break up cream cheese in a medium bowl. Drain off any liquid from the yogurt; add yogurt to the bowl along with honey. Using an electric mixer, beat at high speed until light and creamy. Stir in lemon zest. Layer the lemon cream and berries in dessert dishes or wineglasses. Sprinkle with granola. If not serving immediately, cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Serves 4   NUTRITION: 148 calories; 6g fat (34.0% calories from fat); 6g protein; 20g carbohydrates; 2g dietary fiber; 18mg cholesterol; 192mg sodium. LIVE IT TRACKER: ½ cup milk, ½ cup fruit   This recipe is taken from Healthy Happy Cooking, available now in our online store. Lisa Lewis is the author of

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Summer Veggie Rice Bowl

Summer Veggie Rice Bowl

HEALTHY HACK: Forget the powdered stuff in the can they call parmesan. For better flavor, always grate fresh parmesan in your recipes. 1 1/3 cups cooked brown rice, cooled to room temperature 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 1 cup corn ½ cup torn fresh basil ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted 2 tsp. grated lemon rind 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 tsp. kosher salt ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper 3 tbsp. olive oil, divided 2 cups chopped zucchini ½ oz. fresh Parmesan cheese, shaved Combine the first 10 ingredients in a large bowl, and toss until well blended. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add zucchini; sauté 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini and remaining 2 tablespoons oil to rice mixture; toss. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese   NUTRITION: 371 calories;  23g fat

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Goat Cheese Panini

Goat Cheese Panini

HEALTHY HACK: You don’t need to spend money on single-use kitchen equipment like a Panini maker. A hot pan and something heavy to weight down the sandwich is all you need. Double healthy hack: Frozen bread works well for Paninis and is a great way to always have fresh bread on hand. 1 cup Kalamata olives, chopped ¼ cup finely chopped red onion 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp. dried basil ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 12-oz whole grain loaf bread, halved lengthwise 2 cups baby spinach leaves 2½ oz. goat cheese, crumbled 1 large tomato, sliced olive oil cooking spray In a medium bowl, combine olives, onion, garlic, basil, pepper flakes, and vinegar. Place the bread halves on a cutting board, cut side up and spoon olive mixture onto the bottom half of bread. Top with spinach, cheese, and tomato. Top with other half

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Green Salad with Apples & Walnut Dressing

Green Salad with Apples & Walnut Dressing

One of my favorite ways to use quart-sized canning jars is to pack them with salads. I can make them on Sunday night and just grab and go all week. There are a few keys to layering your salad so that it is fresh and crispy when you are ready to eat it. Dressing first! —This keeps everything from getting soggy. Hardier ingredients next—onions, carrots, beans, peas, bell pepper, olives, etc. These will get great flavor from sitting in the dressing, too! Apples will work in this layer too. Be sure to give them a little lemon juice/water bath before adding to keep them from browning. Keep layering—Pack your layers tightly. The less air between layers, the longer it will stay fresh. Last layer—Your healthy extras and/or cheeses. HEALTHY HACK: Freshen up your limp kale or other vegetables by dropping them into ice water. Plants wilt due to water loss.

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Please Don’t Quit!

Please Don’t Quit!

A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly. PROVERBS 14:29 One of the most common reasons people give up on exercise is a lack of immediate results. It takes time for change to take place in our bodies. Developing patience with and proficiency in the area of exercise may be one of the biggest challenges for us, but it is well worth the effort. I recall one dear lady in my class in Charleston, South Carolina, who had decided she was going to work diligently at her commitment to exercise. She walked faithfully every day for one week, and when she got on the scale to see how much weight she had shed, she had stayed the same. She immediately began to cry and said, “It’s no use—I am just going to quit. I won’t be back next week.” We all have had the same experience.

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Is it really worth it?

Is it really worth it?

What’s worth it? What’s worth making a sacrifice for? Is it money; a nice home; private school for your kids? What about your health? Getting healthy and staying healthy does not happen by accident. It is costly. It costs time to get up early and work out. It costs money to join a gym. It costs time to make a shopping list and stick to it. It takes effort to cook healthy meals. But is all this work really worth it? You have to decide. For me, it’s worth it. Even though it is painful and difficult, I continue to teach exercise classes even with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. I have to. It’s worth it to me to stay strong enough to help care for my grandkids. It’s worth it to me to be okay by myself while Rob is away traveling. It’s worth it to me to be strong

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Becky Turner

Becky Turner

Becky Turner Before Christ, Becky Turner had made a complete mess of her life – relationally, financially and, especially spiritually. In 1992, when she came to the end of herself and cried out to God, He graciously swooped in, lifted her out of the pit of her own making and set her feet on a solid Rock. Since that time, the Lord has done an amazing work as bit by bit and inch-by-inch He has delivered, transformed and renewed Becky to become the woman of God she is today. Becky has been blessed to minister around the world and experience God’s work in the villages of Africa, the high-rise apartments of Moscow as well as the streets of downtown Atlanta and Houston. Becky is National Managing Partner Emeritus for the Barnabas Group. In this capacity, she was able to use her unique giftings and skills to fulfill her passion for

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Michelle Peters

Michelle Peters

Hey Y’all, I’m Michelle Peters the 2019 Summit Coordinator! I have been a part of First Place for Health for almost 3 years and I currently teach classes at Houston’s First Baptist Church. During my first two sessions of First Place, under Carole Lewis’ leadership my passion for the program ignited. I currently maintain a 26-pound weight loss. I became a Networking Leader for Texas after attending Wellness Weeks and Summit ‘18. I love sharing what I’ve learned. I know God can use the good, the bad and the ugly of my life to reach others. I married my college sweetheart, Larry. We’ve been together for 35 years, raised 3 children, now married who all who live in Houston. During the years raising kids and now being a grandmother, I ran my own interior decorating business for 18 years. Through my involvement with a Women’s Business Development organization I began to work at

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