Archive - April 2015

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Cesarean Awareness Month Shines Light on State of Birth in Northern Virginia
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Eat-Sleep-Love Hosts 2015 DC Birth & Babies Fair
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Earth Day 2015 in Metro DC
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Trace Amounts about mercury poisoning screens on Hill
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4th School Environmental Action Showcase draws 500 students to GMU
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Growing Green Schools inspires school gardens and nutrition programs

Cesarean Awareness Month Shines Light on State of Birth in Northern Virginia

Every April, the International Cesarean Awareness Network, or ICAN, celebrates Cesarean Awareness Month to bring awareness to its work. ICAN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

The organization’s vision statement is: “A reduction in the cesarean rate driven by women assuming responsibility for their healthcare by making evidence-based, risk appropriate childbirth decisions.” Read the full statement of beliefs on ICAN’s website.

As April draws to a close, Lisa Keyser, co-leader of the Northern Virginia Chapter of ICAN, shares the state of birth and VBAC in Northern Virginia in this guest post. Read More

Eat-Sleep-Love Hosts 2015 DC Birth & Babies Fair

This year’s Birth & Babies Fair returns to The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Eastern Market on Sunday, April 26, 12-5 p.m. The event is being put on by Bethesda-based Eat-Sleep-Love Maternity and Pregnancy Center and is sponsored by the Midwives of MedStar Washington Hospital Center with several additional supporters.
I asked fair organizer Jessica Brodey, founder of Eat-Sleep-Love, if she would share with us more about her work and provide some insights on what to expect at this year’s fair.

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Earth Day 2015 in Metro DC

Even for eco-minded families trying to live mindfully every day, Earth Day is a great opportunity to help kids get excited about their contributions and about learning new ways to be environmental stewards.

We have a bunch of great events listed on our calendar. Read More

Trace Amounts about mercury poisoning screens on Hill

Trace Amounts, a new film about mercury poisoning, screened on the Hill Wednesday night at an event hosted by environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., author of Thimerosol: Let the Science Speak. The documentary was also shown in Arlington on Thursday with a post-film discussion with director Eric Gladen, who got mercury poisoning after a tetanus shot in 2004 at the age of 29. That incident led Gladen on an unexpected journey to get to the truth about the history of mercury in vaccines and the autism-mercury links that, the film argues, the CDC has tried to deny for years despite evidence to the contrary.

The film does not take up the question of the efficacy or necessity of vaccinations but rather focuses solely on the use of Thimerosol as a preservative and on its effects, which, the film shows, have not been presented to the public accurately. Read More

4th School Environmental Action Showcase draws 500 students to GMU

The fourth annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) last week brought out nearly 1000 people to the Fairfax campus of George Mason University to learn and share about environmental stewardship.

The event was a joint project of NoVA Outside, Earth Force and the George Mason University Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center. The goal was to provide K-12 students with the opportunity to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities and to showcase their ingenuity to solve environmental problems by reducing waste, conserving energy, providing habitat for animal species, creating sustainable food programs, cleaning watersheds and more. More than 500 students from 47 schools participated.

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Growing Green Schools inspires school gardens and nutrition programs

For anyone looking to start or expand a school gardening or nutrition program, the Growing Green Schools event at Fairlington Community Center was the place to be Monday afternoon. Aimed at providing parents and school staff in Arlington with the necessary resources to promote gardening and nutrition education, the event was a treasure trove for anyone in Northern Virginia. Read More

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