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Tips for Using Tomatoes, And Why You Should

Tips for Using Tomatoes, And Why You Should

America is a country that loves its tomatoes. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not only do we produce around $2 billion worth of tomatoes per year, making us the second largest tomato producing country in the world, but tomatoes are also the 4th most popularly eaten produced vegetable in the country (although technically it’s a fruit). There are a lot of health and taste reasons to use tomatoes; it’s just a matter of knowing which ones to use, and when.

“Tomatoes are the first major garden item to ripen,” explains Chef Scott Jenkins, the chef of Arlington-based Extra Virgin restaurant. “Tomatoes are so versatile and flavorful, the possibilities seem endless. It is truly the work horse of an Italian kitchen, from soups and salads to sauces and main entree features.”

Ugandan Parliament Member MEETS with MANASSAS-BASED, VISION WITH a PURPOSE

Ugandan Parliament Member MEETS with MANASSAS-BASED, VISION WITH a PURPOSE

Vision With a Purpose, based in Manassas, Va. met with Hon. Rose Najjemba, a member of the Ugandan Parliament, Gomba Constituency to discuss vision screenings for Gomba, Uganda. At the request of Hon. Najjemba and Bemba Kiggundul, M.D. of Gomba, Vision With a Purpose, including their vice president of medical affairs, Miles Press, O.D. of Fredericksburg, Va., will travel to Uganda in November to screen approximately 2,000 people out of a population of 150,00. For more information, go to www.visionwithapurpose.org or call 703-863-6864.

Extra Virgin Chef Loses 350 Pounds, Dishes Up Weight Loss Tips

Extra Virgin Chef Loses 350 Pounds, Dishes Up Weight Loss Tips

 

America is a country that has an obesity problem, and most people are aware of this. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of the adult population, and 17 percent of minors, are considered to be obese. The average individual across the nation struggles with food issues to some degree or another, but many may find it surprising that those who work in the food industry, such as chefs, have an even tougher time.

“I am passionate about what I do for a living, but I must admit that it can be a real challenge,” explains Chef Scott Jenkins, the executive chef at Arlington-based Extra Virgin restaurant. “Being around all the food all the time makes me want to enjoy it, yet I need to balance that with the need to be healthy and watch how much I eat.”

5 Snacks That Will Help Your Health and Take On Obesity

5 Snacks That Will Help Your Health and Take On Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is a major issue facing the people of America today. In fact, they report that around a third of all adults and 17 percent of all children are considered to be obese. One thing that most people have in common is that we snack throughout the day and, without our realizing it, those snack choices can do a lot to help or hinder our weight loss and wellness efforts. In fact, it’s important to keep in mind that not all snacks are created equal, and it’s crucial that people opt for healthy ones.

“Research shows that snacking makes up around 27 percent of a child’s daily calories,” explains Dan Negroni, the chief executive officer and president of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “This means that it is crucial that we teach children to opt for healthy snacks. And that starts by us adults modeling healthy snacking behavior.”

The Cherry Blossoms Aren’t Our Only Early Visitors This Spring

The Cherry Blossoms Aren’t Our Only Early Visitors This Spring

The trees are budding and blooming, weeds are sprouting and bugs are emerging, including insects that affect our pets such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes that can transmit heartworm.

One of the advantages of a cold winter is that insects that affect our pets die off in great numbers in frigid temperatures. The warm weather coupled with high moisture has created an early season for bugs, and as they multiply over the coming weeks and months pet owners should take heed and take advantage of preventative measures to keep their pets healthy. Many veterinarians are recommending that these preventatives be started as soon as possible, if you do not use them year round.

5 Reasons Spray-On Tans are Better

5 Reasons Spray-On Tans are Better

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the country. Furthermore, around 90 percent of all skin cancer cases are associated with exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Even indoor tanning beds, which 30 million people use per year, pose health risks. Because of this, many people are in search of a healthier option. Today, the spray-on tan option is increasingly offering many benefits over other forms of tanning.

“Many people are not familiar with the type of spray-on tan that we offer,” explains Meghan Farrar, owner of Golden Glow Mobile Spray Tan (www.goldenglowtansva.com), located in NoVa. “Those who do know and opt for it find out just what a great-looking tan they can get, and how much better it is than sunbathing or being exposed to UV tanning booths.”

Spray-on tans provide many benefits, compared to other forms of tanning, including:

Locally-Owned Car Wash Hosts March 24th Blood Drive for Boy Awaiting Bone Marrow Transplant

Locally-Owned Car Wash Hosts March 24th Blood Drive for Boy Awaiting Bone Marrow Transplant

A letter from Pat Wirth, Owner of Potomac Falls Express Lube and Car Wash:

Dear Friends,  

March 24, 2012 is Joey Angel's 8th birthday. Guess what he wanted for his birthday? A blood drive to help keep him alive! You see, Joey has Severe Aplastic Anemia and is waiting for a bone marrow transplant. His mother and I are friends and since March is Red Cross month and I am a member of the Loudoun County Leadership Council for the American Red Cross we thought this was a match made in "heaven" (pun intended!). Joey and his family live in Potomac Falls and Janel, his mom, works for Cardinal Bank.