Archive - March 2016

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Placenta Accreta: A Survivor’s Story + Opportunities to Help Other Mothers
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Hiking as Remedy: Trip to Great Falls
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Tell EPA to address safety requirements for toxic chemical exposure
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Tips to make it through allergy season + local resources
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Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment Seeks Input on Vehicle Idling at Schools
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Students compete and learn at Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo
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4th Annual Grow Your Health Fun for the Whole Family
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NoVA Outside Promotes Outdoor Learning This Spring

Placenta Accreta: A Survivor’s Story + Opportunities to Help Other Mothers

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

Hiking as Remedy: Trip to Great Falls

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

Tell EPA to address safety requirements for toxic chemical exposure

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

Tips to make it through allergy season + local resources

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

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment Seeks Input on Vehicle Idling at Schools

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) is seeking input on vehicle idling in and around Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) facilities in an effort to promote cleaner air and better health for everyone, but most especially our children. This initiative will enable ACE to work with APS and other strategic partners on educational programming to reduce vehicle idling and improve air quality. Read More

Students compete and learn at Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo

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

4th Annual Grow Your Health Fun for the Whole Family

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

NoVA Outside Promotes Outdoor Learning This Spring

NoVA Outside, an alliance of environmental educators that was founded in 2010, has some exciting events coming up this spring, beginning with a networking and social event at Meadowlark Gardens on Sunday, March 13.

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