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CoreLife Delmarva Salisbury is Now Open

SEVERNA PARK, MD – CoreLife Delmarva, in partnership with the Peninsula Regional Health System (PRHS), held a ribbon cutting and open house on Monday, October 1 for their new Salisbury location.  

The joint venture recently opened its first Delmarva location at 1496 Still Meadow Boulevard and will be the first of several planned openings in the region.  The open house and ribbon cutting celebrated the Salisbury collaboration and the program’s initial success.

Delmarva’s Lower Eastern Shore has much higher rates of obesity compared to the rest of the state. Somerset County’s 40 percent obesity rate is the highest in Maryland, with Dorchester at 36 percent, Wicomico at 34 percent and Worcester at 31 percent.

That hasn’t escaped the attention of PRHS, which recently collaborated with CoreLife Delmarva to provide weight loss services in a structured, supportive environment to help people take control of their health and manage their weight and nutrition.  

“This is an incredibly important partnership,” said Dr. Kathryn Fiddler, MS, RN, NE-BC, Vice President of Population Health at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. “We need to increase access to obesity treatment, help people reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, enhance outcomes, and improve overall health.”

CoreLife offers patients a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week fitness studio, nutrition counseling/meal planning, and medical management by experienced providers. Its comprehensive approach has led to many success stories with life-changing results.

“CoreLife is committed to improving and sustaining the health of the community,” said Sean Kostkowski, CoreLife President. “This new partnership with PRHS benefits the people of the Delmarva Peninsula.”

An additional location in Easton just opened and will hold its ribbon cutting and open house on Monday, October 15 at 4:00 p.m.  CoreLife Delmarva recently finalized plans to open a location at the Delmarva Health Pavilion in Millsboro, DE. A second Salisbury location, due to the success of the first, and a studio in Berlin are also planned.  Each of those new locations will be operational by the end of this year.

To learn more about CoreLife Salisbury, call 443-358-6239.

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Representative of the Peninsula Regional Health System (PRHS) and CoreLife recently cut the ribbon to dedicate their new CoreLife Delmarva Weight Loss and Wellness Center in Salisbury.  From left, Herb Geary, PRHS Board of Directors Chairman; Keesha Holden-White, NP, CoreLife; PRHS Executive Vice President/COO Cindy Lunsford; CoreLife office manager Caitlin Daw; PRHS Vice President of Population Health Kathryn Fiddler; Sheena Stelmack, NP, CoreLife Vice President of Medical Operations; Jay Somers, CoreLife Vice President of Operations; PRHS President/CEO Steven Leonard.


Pumpkin Seed No-Bake Power Bites

Fall has arrived! Schools are now open, days are getting shorter and we are heading full-steam ahead into the upcoming holiday season. Usually around this time of year our schedules get pretty busy, so keeping with your nutrition plan can be challenging. We wanted to share this great recipe by Dancing Carrots for a smart snack that can help fuel you to the end of your workday without breaking your diet:

Pumpkin Seed No-Bake Power Bites

Photo by Dancing Carrots

These quick no bake cookies are loaded with protein rich pumpkin seeds, oats and peanut butter – with a tad dark chocolate. One cookie has enough nutrition, fiber and sweetness to satisfy the munchies while giving you the energy you need in a quick snack. We created this for our friends at I’m a big fan of pumpkin seeds and they are a great place to buy them from. Pumpkin seeds are especially good for men as they age – the health benefits are many, as they are high in minerals and healthy Omega-3 oils. Don’t get too hung up on the exact amounts, feel free to alter this to fit your own tastes.   – Curt

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats 1/4 cup wheat germ
4 Tbsp flax meal
4 Tbsp flax seed
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup canned purée pumpkin
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup agave sweetener or honey


1. WET INGREDIENTS: Add to a large mixing bowl and mix well.
2. DRY INGREDIENTS: Add to a large mixing bowl and mix well.
3. COMBINE AND FORM INTO ROUND COOKIES: Add dry ingredients into the wet and mix well. When done, the consistency should be such as to be able to make round cookie balls. If they don’t hold together well enough, you need more peanut butter. Wash hands and keep hands wet to form the cookies. They should be a little smaller than a golf ball. Store in a container and enjoy!

Note: As in many of my recipes, I recommend being flexible with the amounts and feel free to add other healthy ingredients like chopped almonds and walnuts. You can also add more chocolate or agave if you want these sweeter. I prefer a less sweet cookie however.

Get the full recipe here at Dancing Carrots blog.


Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad

After a while, eating healthy can run the risk of getting boring if you are stuck in the same cycle of eating the same foods over and over. Thankfully, the internet is full of really great recipes, like this one we found from our friends at

Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad

“This recipe is easily adaptable. Feel free to experiment. If cilantro isn’t your thing, try parsley. If you like garlic, add a small clove of garlic (minced) to the dressing mixture. Like a little more heat? Increase the cayenne. The green onion could be swapped for red onion. You can also enjoy this salad served warm rather than chilled.” – Livvy

Photo by 86Lemons


2 cups frozen shelled edamame
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup cooked, cooled quinoa (leftover is great)
1 green onion, sliced (just green parts)
½ red sweet bell pepper, diced
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
1½ Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp dried thyme
? tsp fresh ground black pepper
dash of cayenne


Briefly boil the edamame and the corn, just until tender. Drain very well and cool completely. In a large bowl, combine the edamame, corn, quinoa, green onion, red pepper and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, salt, chili powder, black pepper, thyme and cayenne until emulsified. Drizzle mixture over salad mixture and toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least two hours.

Save Big with Healthy Packed Lunches

Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to save a little more money and eat a bit healthier. As you say goodbye to summer vacation and hello to a busy fall, take the time to pack a substantial lunch for the whole family. If extra money doesn’t convince you, the time saved and energy boost will.

Eating lunch out every day adds up quickly – on your waistline and in your wallet. Buying your sandwich out regularly can cost anywhere from $6 to $12, or $120 to $240 a month. In addition to the cost, chances are the lunch you’re buying is not the healthiest choice either. One stressful meeting can turn a well-intentioned salad into a quarter-pounder with fries in the blink of an eye.

Packing ahead of time is the best motivator to eating healthy and saving money at lunch. After all, you won’t let a delicious and nutritious meal go to waste over buying a lunch, would you? When preparing your lunch, emphasize at least one serving of vegetables (v) and lean protein (p). To add more substance, pack a serving or two of healthy fat (hf), whole grain (wg), low-fat dairy (d), and/or a piece of fruit (f). Try out some of these ideas below. If you are not sure what counts as a serving, note the abbreviation in parentheses (for example, a healthy fat is abbreviated as hf).

California Club Wrap

  • Throw some sliced, low sodium turkey breast (p), a few slices of avocado (f & v), romaine lettuce (v), and sliced tomato (v) into a whole grain tortilla (wg). To spice it up, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, cilantro, and a splash of lime. Enjoy with carrot sticks and hummus.

Robust Italian Salad

  • Chop up 3 huge handfuls of romaine (v) and red leaf lettuce (v). Add slices of tomato (v), red onion (v), and pepperoncini (v). Combine one tablespoon each of red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil (hf), and parmesan cheese (d) and pour over the salad. Add some chicken breast (p) for protein and a fresh peach (f) for dessert!

Caprese Pasta Salad

  • Combine ½ to 1 cup cooked whole grain rotini pasta (wg) with ½ Tbsp olive oil (hf), ½ tbsp. balsamic vinegar, ¼ c shredded mozzarella (d), and 1 handful of chopped cherry tomatoes (v). For bonus veggies, toss in some chopped cucumber, bell peppers, fresh greens, and red onion. Add in some grilled chicken or shrimp for extra protein.

pasta salad healthy lunches

These lunch options are not just for adults, they are kid-friendly too! Involve your child in making some of these dishes and allow them to experiment with the ingredients. Remove some of the added spices if needed. If you have a picky eater, ask them to choose what they want in their lunches. Fruit, cheese sticks, and healthy dips like hummus are always a hit with kids.

Sure, occasionally you may opt for lunch out with a co-worker. On a regular basis though, you need that healthy option right in front of you. After all, there is no need to eat out with these fast and flavorful options!

-Megan Lautz, MS, RDN, NASM-CPT

New Locations Now Open in Maryland & Alabama

We are proud to announce that we have just opened several new locations in Alabama and Maryland. After opening our first location in Severna Park, Maryland six years ago, we are excited that CoreLife has officially arrived in Alabama.

Our first locations in Alabama, Mountain Brook and Hoover, are now open with additional planned openings in Vestavia and Alabaster. Overall, we are planning eight locations in the Birmingham area through 2018.

In Maryland, we have expanded out to the eastern shore with a new location now open in Salisbury, and a couple more coming soon. We have Easton scheduled to open on Monday, September 10, (patients can schedule consultations starting Tuesday, September 5), and Berlin opening planned for late October. We also have expanded into Western Maryland with new locations now open in Westminster and Hagerstown. Additional locations planned in Frederick, Chester and Columbia will be announced hopefully later this year.

This growth is a byproduct of our unique model – a multidisciplinary care center that combines and coordinates the core disciplines necessary to treat overweight, obesity, and their underlying lifestyle factors. The facilities in these new locations, just with all our CoreLife offices, feature a medical office staffed by licensed medical practitioners, registered dietitians, dedicated trainers, a private fitness studio furnished with a variety of equipment, and much more. “The direct coordination and management of these services are at the heart of what makes CoreLife unique and is the solution to long term success, safety, and sustainability.” said Sean Kostkowski, President at CoreLife. “We are committed to improving community health by acting as a local, comprehensive care center for the treatment of overweight and obese individuals. We take pride in the trust that the medical community has in us as leaders in weight loss healthcare.”

We will continue to partner with healthcare systems and physicians and are strategically positioned within the preventive healthcare market providing services to communities, hospitals, businesses, governments, and healthcare providers. If you are looking for a new, innovative and comprehensive approach to weight loss, please contact us today.