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Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Washington, D.C. has the 2nd lowest rate of obese adults in the United States, trailing only Colorado, according to a report from Trust for America’s Heather and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, entitled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, investigates weight issues by state, as well as in the District. 

According to the report, 12 states have obesity rates of more than 30 percent.  D.C.’s rate of obese adults, however, is a reported 21%.

Maryland ‘s adult obesity rate is 27.1 percent according to the study, while Virginia’s is 25.9 percent, which ranks them as the 26th and 30th most obese states in the country respectively.

Springfield Silver Diner Continues Fresh & Local Initiative with Local Farmer's Markets

Springfield Silver Diner Continues Fresh & Local Initiative with Local Farmer's Markets

This summer, enjoy fresh produce from local farmers at the Springfield Silver Diner's Local Farmer's Market!

Every Saturday, the Springfield Silver Diner will offer fresh produce from local farms at its Farmers’ Market from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This initiative is in line with the Silver Diner's fresh and local initiative, offering traditional menu items made with healthier ingredients. Silver Diner offers menu items that are created using locally sourced ingredients, which include:

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children


First come, first served Tuesday, July 5 and Wednesday, July 6 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.! The physicals will be done at the Springfield Family Resources Center which is located at 7224 Commerce Street, T4 in Springfield, VA. No appointment is necessary, and the physicals are for school-age children only. Parents, please bring ID for yourselves and your children.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

A Dose of Nature


Wow.  I just got back from working out outside…talk about something nourishing for the mind and soul.  Now that the weather is consistently warmer it has been wonderful to work out in the fresh air and amongst nature. 

Walking, running, stretching is a great way to clear the mind…just what the doctor ordered.  My schedule has been extremely busy and although I am good at balancing work and life, the life piece has recently kicked in between a long distance elderly mother, the kids, and the everyday stresses of life.  So what’s the best medicine…exercising out in nature is top on my list!  Natural endorphins are released into your body when you exercise and you feel better…mentally and physically.

So here’s what you can do if you’re feeling stressed and you want to clear your head:

Father's Day Manscaping at Salon Daniel

Dads can look healthy and feel healthy this year, when Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. pampers dads from Tues., June 14 through Sat., June 18, offering special services such as "color me natural," a special technique and color used to blend silver hair  to look natural  and feel younger. It will also be offering treatments for thinning hair, facial trimming and men’s waxing services, while donating 10 percent of all services to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. For a special treat, Salon Daniel will feature McLean-based, Sweet Leaf Café’s refreshing healthy teas and sandwiches on Sat., June 18 for their clients. To make an appointment, call Salon Daniel at 703.893.5000.

Fairfax County Rides on Bike to Work Day 2011 is Tomorrow

Fairfax County Rides on Bike to Work Day 2011 is Tomorrow

From Fairfax County:


May is National Bike Month and Friday, May 20 is Bike to Work Day. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA), and local governments including Fairfax County will host one of the nation’s largest Bike to Work Day events. The annual event is held every spring to increase awareness and expose people to the benefits of bicycling to work, and to the market, the library, the café, the book store, the bike shop…basically everywhere!

This year, there are 49 pits stops around the region. Nine pit stops will be set up throughout Fairfax County:

Reston Town Center (at the intersection of Discovery Street and Market Street)

Vienna (at the Vienna Town Green on the W&OD)

Fairfax City at Van Dyck Park

Fairfax Corner (in the plaza opposite Coastal Flats)

Tysons Corner (at Booz Allen Hamilton, 8283 Greensboro Drive)