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“Dance Your Heart Out” Campaign Raises Money For American Heart Association

“Dance Your Heart Out” Campaign Raises Money For American Heart Association

In honor of National Heart Month, Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. is featuring their “Dance Your Heart Out” campaign, offering unlimited adult dance and mind/body classes throughout February for a special price of $110. And MFAC will donate 10 percent of all “Dance Your Heart Out class fees to the American Heart Association. Schedules can be viewed at www.metrofinearts.com. Classes are available at Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. locations.

MFAC’s “Dance Your Heart Out” campaign includes all adult dance, yoga and MetroBarre classes. A regular adult class fee is 10 classes for $130. The February “Dance Your Heart Out” program provides unlimited adult class access at a significantly discounted set fee of $110 with 10 percent donated to the American Heart Association.

Dr. Gary Small Visits Greenspring to Discuss Brain Health

Dr. Gary Small Visits Greenspring to Discuss Brain Health

 

 

Dr. Gary Small, Professor of Psychiatry and Aging and Director of the UCLA Longevity Center at UCLA, recently visited Greenspring retirement community to discuss brain health and review concepts from his revised edition of THE ALZHEIMER’S PREVENTION PROGRAM: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life.  Over 100 residents and staff attended the presentation, which was followed by a book-signing.

Erickson Living, developer and manager of Greenspring is a leader in supporting seniors’ physical, as well as cognitive health and wellness.  The company has had a longstanding relationship with Dr. Small, including supporting his UCLA-based Memory Fitness research. 

BARRE CLASSES NOW OFFERED at METRO FINE ARTS-FIRST CLASS IS FREE

BARRE CLASSES NOW OFFERED at METRO FINE ARTS-FIRST CLASS IS FREE

Mind/body fitness programs are popular workouts, and now Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) is teaching the ground-breaking program of Metro Barre, combining the best of ballet barre, yoga and Pilates into a comprehensive workout of isometric exercises to build leaner muscles. MFAC offers the first class for free. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metrofinearts.com for class schedules.

“Metro Barre is the perfect mix of core and strength training, blended with the barre training that until now, was only used in dance instruction,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “Celebrities, athletes, men and women, young and old are trading in their Pilates and yoga routines for barre fitness classes--it’s a transformational workout that delivers fast, effective and long lasting results,” said Dobbs.

5 Tips for Parents of BB Gun Owners

5 Tips for Parents of BB Gun Owners

Each Christmas, there are children around America who unwrap a new, non-powder gun. These guns include BB, pellet, and paintball. While many parents may believe such guns to be harmless, and even see them as a toy, statistics suggest otherwise. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over 20,000 injuries result from these types of guns each year, with four percent of them requiring hospitalization.

“These guns are not toys at all, and they can certainly do damage both to people and to animals,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “In our line of work, we have seen it often – kids who shoot at animals just for fun, and leave them distressed and injured. These guns create problems that parents are not even usually aware of.”

Here are 5 tips for parents who may have a child with one of these non-powder guns, or who are considering getting one for them:

 

Tips for Making it a Great New Year

Tips for Making it a Great New Year

 

Each New Year millions of people make resolutions in hopes for everything from losing weight to quitting smoking to learning how to control their anger. The problem is that many are not sure what things can truly help them have a great year, or what changes they need to make to help those resolutions become a reality. The good news is that there are some really small changes people can make that will help give them a great New Year.

“Most people sit down to make their resolutions and they simply want to lose weight or something like that,” explains Louix Dor Dempriey, a spiritual master who started Louix Dor Dempriey Foundation and leads the events. “Just making that a resolution doesn’t show you the path on how to achieve results, or happiness. When you are happier and more complete, you will find it much easier to achieve those goals.”

There are a variety of good things that people can focus on to help bring them a great 2013, including:

5 Reasons to Go Vegan

5 Reasons to Go Vegan

Bill Clinton did it. So did Ellen DeGeneres. In fact, millions of people around the nation have taken the pledge to go vegan. November is considered World Vegan Month, and it is a great time to take a look at what veganism is and why so many people are moving toward this lifestyle, which eschews using any animal products.

“Veganism is a diet based on living in peace and harmony with the natural world,” explains Louix Dor Dempriey, a spiritual master who started and leads events through the Louix Dor Dempriey Foundation. “There are many great reasons for being vegan, and people around the country are beginning to take notice, helping to increase the number of those who are either vegan or moving toward a vegan lifestyle.”

Step Up with Walgreens Walk is Oct. 20

Step Up with Walgreens Walk is Oct. 20

When Karen Flanagan walks across the finish line of the “Step Up with Walgreens” Challenge on Sat., Oct. 20, she’ll be taking the steps at least 21 pounds lighter.

The Manassas resident reluctantly signed up for the challenge in August, prodded by her daughter, Walgreens employee Fawn Flanagan, and now is in the running for an individual prize worth $500.

“I’ve been trying to lose weight,” said Karen, whose wake-up call came when she went in for a physical this summer, the first since “I can’t remember.”  Raising five children and being a grandmother to five more, plus working a physically demanding job as a pet groomer, the 55-year-old had just plain neglected her own health.  “So when I walked in Walgreens and Fawn said, ‘Mom, come over here!’  I knew I was in for it.”