The non-profit organization Real Food For Kids is hosting a Culinary Challenge and Wellness Expo on Saturday, March 12 at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees at this free event can learn about food writing, promotion and photography, family meal planning, school gardening and school food. The Expo is an outreach program designed to educate students and their families on making healthier lifestyle choices, and ensuring access to real whole foods for all school children. Read More
The fourth annual Grow Your Health Festival of Gardening, Local Food & Wellness will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Fairfax High School. the event offers classes on gardening, nutrition and wellness. Topics to be covered include how to start gardens, source better quality food, and learn holistic techniques to achieve better health. A family-friendly event, the Grow Your Health Festival offers several hours of supervised, age-appropriate activities for children, including gardening classes, kids’ yoga, indoor recess and quiet floor play. From 10:00 to 4:00, parents can take advantage of up to one hour of free childcare for children ages two to ten provided by Play, Work or Dash, a new mom-owned co-working space with childcare in Vienna.
Sometimes we need to gather all the great health and wellness event information in one place to make sure we keep track of it all! We have lots of great events and classes listed in the Mindful Healthy Life calendar, and we post new things as we learn about them on the Mindful Healthy Life Facebook page and on our Twitter feed @MindfulHealthy. But here is a quick and handy list of some of the bigger not-to-be-missed events coming up this winter and spring.
Dr. James Bronson and his son, Dr. Alex Bronson, of Bronson Family Dentistry have made it a priority of their practice to educate others about the many and complex factors that contribute to dental health. They have spoken twice to the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms Network and are addressing the Northern Virginia HMN chapter at its February meeting. The practice also brings dentists, osteopaths and other healthcare professionals to its McLean offices four times a year for an intensive ALF Educational Institute mini-residency program, involving local families as case studies. Read More
Even if this is a mild winter here in D.C., we’re still likely to have days when the school officials decide it’s too cold for kids to go outside to play. In fact, that’s already happened at my kids’ school! And yet, we all know that gross motor activity and connection to nature are super important for little beings, and really for all of us! So how to we make sure outdoor activity happens when temps our low? Read More
The botanically-created and inspired Season’s Greenings train exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden, on display through January 3, has outdone itself with this year’s theme: “Pollination Station.” A gorgeous tribute to bees, butterflies, and bats and the leafy and petal-heavy beauties they pollinate, the plant-created world is as magical and whimsical as ever. As the images in our photoblog attest, the exhibit is a must-see for all local parents, especially those who want to inspire in their children a love of nature and a respect for all the world’s interdependent ecosystems. Read More
Since the April 2015 Growing Green Schools event, parents and school staff in Arlington Public Schools have made progress in school gardening efforts. Started in June 2015 and now running the first Monday of most months, the School Garden Meetups give parents, teachers, staff and community members an opportunity to share knowledge, discuss successes and challenges, and see different school garden and outdoor learning spaces around the county.
These are volunteer-led opportunities for interested parties to learn from one another about site-specific efforts around the county. In addition to this group, APS also has a Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability, which was launched in 2012 with a team of volunteers from around the community. Now, there is new momentum toward funding a position to support all of these efforts. One of the just-released recommendations of the Science Advisory Committee is to “provide funding and support for one full-time Sustainability and Outdoor Learning Coordinator (SOLC) starting with the 2016-2017 school year.” Read More
Here in Metro DC, we have a long growing season. Potatoes can go into the ground in mid-March and can be harvested late into fall. In early November, my children and I pulled up sweet potatoes, carrots and beets. There was chard, kale, beets and lettuce in the garden, and a handful of peas. Dinner that night and breakfast the following morning included just-picked parsley and chives. My son kept saying, “I just can’t believe what a great sweet potato harvest that was!”
For now, with this mild weather, lots of greens are still doing well uncovered. However, it will get a little harder to grow without cold frames or a green house, but it’s easy to stay busy this winter learning and planting. Check out these gardening and eco-themed activities and resources throughout the year to support super-local eating! Read More
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), which many readers already rely on for its tremendous Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, is rolling out a new program. Launched on October 27, EWG Verified: For Your Health will provide a new level of verification and allow qualifying products to display the EWG Verified symbol at the point of sale. Being able to look at a product and know immediately about the safety of its contents will be a tremendous benefit to health-conscious parents who are short on time in general, and especially while shopping with little ones!
Hearing Sally Fallon Morell‘s talk about traditional diets at the Weston A. Price Foundation‘s Wise Traditions conference was a turning point in my health, nutrition, and parenting journeys. Each year the organization headed by Fallon Morell brings together a thousand traditional foods enthusiasts to hear presentations about holistic health and wellness by speakers who are nationally recognized leaders in the field; to meet vendors and sample whole foods products; to eat delicious farm-fresh and locally-sourced meals — including bone broth on tap! — and to learn from one another. The large annual Wise Traditions conference moves to a different part of the country each year and will be in Anaheim, California November 13-16.
In addition to serving as the co-founder and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and the author of several books, Fallon Morell and her husband own P.A. Bowen Farmstead in Brandywine, Maryland, less than an hour from D.C. Available every Saturday morning by appointment are tours of the farm, which produces artisan cheese and raises grass-based livestock.
Earlier this year, I had the chance to talk with Morell in advance of a sold-out day-long seminar she gave in Maryland. Read More