Hartselle Encore Athlete of the Month, Trevor Oakes.

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Congratulations to the Encore Athlete of the Month, Trevor Oakes! Trevor is the senior Quarterback for the Hartselle High School Tigers. He also happens to be the VTO 100 MVP (football combine), as well as a 2-Time Al.com Player of the Week. Trevor has had many impressive games as quarterback this season and taken the local media by storm. Not only is he a great quarterback, he also has an academic GPA of 3.8 and is on Hartselle High’s National Honor Society. After graduation, Trevor plans to play football in college while majoring in Business. Keep up the good work, Trevor!

Oak Grove Encore Athlete of the Month, Kourtney Brown.


Congratulations to the Oak Grove Encore Athlete of the Month, Kourtney Brown! Kourtney is a 8th grade athlete at Oak Grove high school.  She has been a member of the varsity Basketball and Volleyball teams for 2 years now and wears the jersey #32, #1, and #10.  Kourtney’s future plans are to attend the University of Tennessee or Baylor and major in Physical Therapy or Athletic Training.  She is the daughter of Kim and Carol Brown.

Hamilton Encore Athlete of the Month, Bryson Bridges.

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Congratulations to Bryson Bridges who was chosen as the October Athlete of the Month for the Hamilton Clinic! Bryson is a senior athlete at Hamilton High School.  He has played on the Aggie’s football team for 4 years now and wears the jersey number 1.  After graduation, Bryson plans to attend Mississippi State University to major in Engineering.  Bryson is the son of Catherine Jean Standifer.  Good luck the rest of this season Bryson!

Decatur Clinic Athlete of the Month, Hannah Flack!

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Congratulations to Hannah Flack who was chosen as the October, Decatur Encore Athlete of the Month!  Hannah Flack is a senior, multi-athlete at West Morgan High School in Trinity, Alabama.  She has played on the Lady Rebels Volleyball team for three years, as well as the basketball team.  You can find her on the court wearing jersey number 25 and 10, respectively. Hannah is the daughter of Joe and Cynthia Flack.  Keep up the good work, Hannah! Good luck this season!

Columbia Clinic Athlete of the Month, Charlie James.

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Congratulations to Charlie James who has been chosen as the Columbia Clinic Athlete of the Month! Charlie is a multi-sport, Junior, athlete at Columbia High School. He has played on the varsity basketball, football, and baseball teams for 4 years now. You can find him wearing the jersey numbers 10 and 26. He has a 3.5 GPA and plans to go to Mississippi State University after graduation to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine. Charlie is the son of Charlie and Belfry James. Keep up the good work Charlie, proud of you!

Clanton Athlete of the Month, Kelsey Headley.

Congratulations to the Clanton Encore Athlete of the MonthKelsey Headley! Kelsey is a Senior at Chilton County high school and plays varsity softball (#10). Right now, they lady Tigers are *Overall 9-8 Region 1-2 and just recently reclaimed the county championship title. Her hobbies are her game, she loves playing softball and hanging out with friends. Good luck the rest of the season, Kelsey! Finish our the season strong!

*Found on maxpreps.com

“10 easy tips for eating healthy while on the road or on vacation this summer.” by AL.com

Laura Newton, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), offers these 10 suggestions:

Plan ahead: “Choose foods to take in the car, eat before arriving at the airport and consider the options available upon arrival at the destination,” Newton said in a UAB news release this week.

Keep it on ice: Put a cooler in the car and pack it with such healthy treats as fruit, yogurt, water, cut-up vegetables and sandwiches on whole-grain bread.

Eat this, not that: Make the best food choices you can when you’re on the road. At convenience stores, go for yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit cups or nuts (which are good in moderation.) At burger joints, the most simply prepared items are the healthiest choices, according to Newton. She suggests a plain hamburger with lettuce and tomatoes or a grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes. You can also hold the mayo and dressing and choose kid-size portions.

Don’t eat out all the time: If possible, rent a hotel room or vacation home with a refrigerator and stock it with good food. “It can be easier to eat healthful meals when cooking yourself,” Newton said.

Moderation, moderation: Try not to miss meals, because this can cause you to overeat at the next meal. “Pack a cooler for the beach and take water, fruit, maybe some nuts and string cheese,” Newton said. “This type of mini-meal is easily portable and can help tide people over until they can have a regular meal.”

Go ahead, be good to yourself: Don’t feel you have to completely give up favorite vacation foods. “You should definitely indulge, but in moderation, maybe one small treat a day or one splurge day during the week,” Newton said. “Ask for a small portion of the regional favorite or order from the appetizer menu.”

Start restaurant meals with salad or veggies: “This will help fill you up so you don’t eat more of a higher-calorie item,” Newton said. “Ask for extra vegetables or substitute another vegetable in place of a starch.”

Search the web: Look online for restaurants in the area you’re visiting. Review the menus in advance and decide what to eat before you go.

Drink lots of water: People often mistake dehydration for hunger, according to Newton.

Stay active! “This doesn’t need to be strenuous exercise, such as running or lifting weights, but do go sightseeing on foot or take a hike, swim in the pool or at the beach,” Newton said.”

Source: http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2014/05/post_1150.html