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Healthy Downtown – Advice from the Experts at Jim White Fitness


Staying Healthy in the Holiday Home Stretch

During the holiday season, we are reminded of what matters most in life. Family and friends take center stage, our calendars fill with parties and travel, a few months pass and just like that it’s a new year and unfortunately, maybe a bigger pant size! We all have good intentions to stay active and healthy through the holidays, but how do we stay on track while we enjoy ourselves? Holidays are a time to continue making healthy decisions just as you may have done throughout the year. Even though we are in the home stretch of the holiday season it is not too late to make healthy choices so you can start 2017 off right.

Goal setting is a bit more intimidating around the holidays. Routines change and the season can affect how we prepare our meals and exercise. Set out to make two to three small changes a week, like drinking two water bottles before noon, adding spinach to one of your meals, or scheduling four, 30-minute walks. When you can control what is being put on your plate, try filling half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens so you become full quickly and eat less. Reduce your portions and savor each bite, allowing yourself to eat until you’re comfortably full. Making activity fit into your life can be easy too, walking with family or fitting in a quick 20-minute workout at home. Extreme restrictions to your diet or strict exercise routines are not needed in order to improve your health. Stick with flexible and realistic plans so you’re happy with your efforts and can maintain a balance around the holidays.

Nordstrom Personal Stylist – Holiday Shopping Help Is Here!

Whether you need that perfect outfit for New Year’s Eve or still haven’t finished shopping for everyone on your list, the personal stylists at Nordstrom are ready to help. The free service couldn’t be easier to take advantage of - all you have to do is call 757-314-1111 or book online here and you will be matched with a stylist who will go over style, types of items you are looking for and budget. Then all your options will be waiting for you in store to peruse, pressure free. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a lunch hour! 


Meet Tom Quaintance – New Producing Artistic Director at Virginia Stage Company 


Tom Quaintance joined Virginia Stage Company earlier this month as its new Producing Artistic Director. Previously, Quaintance served as artistic director of Cape Fear Regional Theater in Fayetteville, N.C. Prior to that he worked as an artistic associate at both PlayMakers Repertory Company and Open Fist Theater Company. His approach to running a theater and who he is as an artistic director are based on three pillars that are key to providing the necessary foundation for success. Art: Outstanding art is the center of everything the company does. Community: It is the responsibility of the leading theater company in the region to represent the entire diverse community of Hampton Roads and make it a point to invite them in and let them know it is their theater too. Finance: Tom majored in finance before turning to theater and understands that a strong financial foundation is essential for the organization. Welcome Tom! 

DNC Employee of the Quarter – Coty Mills 

The Downtown Norfolk Council Employee of the Quarter is a way for our organization to recognize the outstanding work efforts of an employee each quarter. Our Employee of the Quarter for first quarter is Public Service Ambassador Coty Mills. Coty has been with the organization since January 2015 and is a huge asset to the DNC and the entire Downtown community. Coty has a degree in Social Work and actively works with the Downtown homeless population on a regular basis by providing them with assistance and helpful information and resources. He is the Ambassador liaison with the Norfolk Office to End Homelessness. Thank you Coty for all you do to truly make a difference in the community for those less fortunate. 


Thank You to our 2016 Holidays in the City Sponsors! 

Another festive holiday season is coming to an end and we want to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors for their support in making this season merry and bright! 

Presenting Sponsor:

Community Sponsors:

Contributing Sponsors:




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