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FCPS Encourages Students to Adopt 9-5-2-1-0

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

As part of its 2011-12 school year goals to encourage good nutrition and physical activity among students, Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is promoting the 9-5-2-1-0 program in October.This program promotes 9 hours of sleep, 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks for elementary school-age students each day.

In conjunction with the 9-5-2-1-0 campaign, FNS is introducing students to new fruits and vegetables and purchasing locally-grown seasonal produce whenever possible to serve in schools. These activities complement the Give Me 5! Colors That Jive! nutrition message that encourages students to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors in order to get proper nutrition. FNS is also working with schools to use produce that is grown in school gardens in school menus.

FCPS to Observe National School Lunch Week October 11-14

FCPS to Observe National School Lunch Week October 11-14

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

 

Students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will observe National School Lunch Week October 11-14 with a focus on" Let's Grow Healthy," a campaign to help students learn where food comes from and how it helps them grow strong and healthy.

You Aren’t Still Laying Out in the Sun or Using Tanning Beds ... Are You?

You Aren’t Still Laying Out in the Sun or Using Tanning Beds ... Are You?

Story by Cindy L. Kemper
Cindy is a Leesburg, VA-based, SI certified, AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor

Did you know?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer—affecting over 2 million people—are diagnosed annually.

  1. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  2. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  3. Over the past 31 years, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

With those alarming numbers, we still find people baking in the sun and using indoor tanning beds. We are all searching for the fountain of youth and if one wants to change their look in an instant without needles, knives, sun damage or even a doctor’s visit, sunless tanning is the answer.

Local Nonprofit Finalist in National Award

From Helping Children Worldwide:

Herndon, Virginia – Dr. Cynthia Horner, a family practice doctor and long-serving member of the Board of Helping Children Worldwide (HCW) in Herndon, has been voted a finalist in a national competition for the prestigious “Volunteer of the Year” award.

The winner will be announced live during a Hollywood-esque award ceremony on Saturday, September 17 in San Diego, CA, similar in style to the Academy Awards, but philanthropy-inspired. This award goes to the individual who best embodies the ideal qualities of a volunteer -- passion, perseverance, and heart – and who continuously gives his or her time and energy to further a noble cause and benefit others. 

The CLASSY Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, recognizing the most outstanding philanthropic achievements by charities, businesses and individuals nationwide. 

Washington Sports Clubs Opening Doors to Hurricane Irene Victims

Although Hurricane Irene is long gone, her fury is still being felt by millions of east coast residents as they wade through her aftermath in an attempt to return to normalcy.  From severe flooding to lost power and water supply, the stories of all of our friends in all our communities affected are as expansive as those who have felt her aftermath.

3 Ways to Prevent Migraines

3 Ways to Prevent Migraines

McLean, VA – August 31, 2011 - Are you one of the 36 million Americans who suffer from migraine each year? If you are, or if you know someone who suffers from migraines, then you understand how debilitating they can be. A migraine is much more than just a bad headache. The severity of migraine symptoms can make it impossible to function, and the symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. What can you do to prevent a migraine headache?  Dr. Gary Kaplan, a physician from McLean, VA, who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, emphasizes, “You don’t have to just suffer through a migraine headache. There are concrete steps that can help you avoid getting a migraine, or at least to lessen frequency and severity of your migraines.”

Open Publishing Empowers 15 Year-Old Girl to Share Autistic Brother’s Story

Open Publishing Empowers 15 Year-Old Girl to Share Autistic Brother’s Story


Open publisher, Lulu, makes creating a children’s book easier for creators than ever.

 

Anyone can publish a children’s book – just ask 15-year-old Samantha McLeod. At such a young age she is not only a published book author, but also an award-winning one. After being inspired by her mother and autistic brother at age nine, she set out to write a book that aims to help people to better understand autism, but wanted to tell her story her way, through her experiences living it.  After being rejected time and again by traditional means, McLeod was pleasantly surprised by the level of control and freedom over her work she found through Lulu’s open publishing platform.

“Lulu...makes it very easy to publish your work on your terms and...keep your work in its original state as it was meant to be,” explains McLeod. “I am glad and thankful to have been given this opportunity to keep my book all Samantha.”