April is both Cesarean Awareness Month and Accreta Awareness Month, sponsored by the International Cesarean Awareness Network, or ICAN, and Hope for Accreta, respectively. Most people have heard of a cesarean birth but few have ever heard of the life-threatening pregnancy complication called Placenta Accreta that is a potential risk of future cesarean births. I’m grateful to be alive to celebrate my accreta survival story and host two blood drive events to help save the lives of more mothers. Two organizations, Hope for Accreta Foundation and ICAN of Northern Virginia, are coming together to try to educate those with risk factors for Accreta and to encourage people to donate blood. This gift of life could save mothers with Accreta and anyone else in need of a blood transfusion. Read More
Sometimes you just need to get outside. It’s no secret to those who have read books like Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, but getting into nature can be some powerfully good medicine. even if it doesn’t always seem easy to make it happen. Read More
Parents have an important opportunity to make our voices heard and to protect our communities from chemical disasters. In 2013, 15 people were killed and hundreds more injured when a chemical plant exploded in the town of West, Texas. Since then, hundreds of other communities have been affected by explosions, fires, and toxic leaks, but no new safety requirements have been put in place.
Finally, this Tuesday March 29th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a long-awaited hearing to discuss a safety rule for chemical facilities. Let’s make sure it’s strong enough to protect our communities. Read More
The pollen is a-fallin’ here in DC Metro, causing sniffles and congestion for lots of folks, some who regularly suffer seasonal allergies and some children who might be having their first bout of itchy eyes and drippy noses. To find out what’s blowing around today in our area, check out Pollen.com and Weather.com’s Pollen Forecast. And read on to find out how to naturally mitigate allergy symptoms and strengthen the body for next season! Read More
Students from around Fairfax County rose early on Saturday morning to prepare their culinary masterpieces for judges and for the public to taste at the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo. After the competition was completed, these middle and high school students and other attendees got to participate in two workshop sessions before prizes and awards were handed out. My children are only in elementary school, but our whole family had a lot of fun and learned a great deal about food and about cooking at the event. Read More
The fourth annual Grow Your Health Festival of Gardening, Local Food & Wellness was a huge success for the event, and for me! It can be tough to bring kids along to an event that you are “working,” that is staffing a table as I was for Mindful Healthy Life, but the family-friendly nature of the event made the whole day really enjoyable! My kids learned a lot and had a great time. Read More