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Bike to Work Day: May 18

Bike to Work Day: May 18

On Friday, May 18, Greater Springfield area commuters have a great opportunity to ditch the traffic and congestion that they experience in their cars and ride their bikes to work on Bike to Work Day (BTWD), sponsored by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclists Association. It’s a great chance to get some fresh air, enjoy the network of bike trails in the area, meet fellow bicyclists, and make a difference reducing road congestion and air pollution, even if it is just for one day.

Starting at 6:30 a.m., area bicyclists can gather at one of two local BTWD pit stops. The Burke Pit Stop will be hosted at the Burke VRE Station near the train platform. The Springfield/Metro Park Pit Stop is located at the gazebo on Walker Lane. At each pit stop, bicyclists who are on their way to work will find health-conscious refreshments and giveaways, friendly smiles, and lots of encouragement. 

Greenspring Residents Honored for Their Dedication During National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Greenspring Residents Honored for Their Dedication During National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Greenspring retirement community has planned several activities for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May including a yoga alignment clinic and a nature walk near Accotink Creek, which runs adjacent to Greenspring’s campus.  Greenspring residents are known stewards of campaigns promoting a healthier lifestyle, as is evident through their partnership with the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life® campaign.  Greenspring held the first ever Go4Life® campaign event at the campus in Springfield in November 2011. 

Greenspring Residents Honored for Their Dedication During National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Greenspring Residents Honored for Their Dedication During National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Greenspring retirement community has planned several activities for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May including a yoga alignment clinic and a nature walk near Accotink Creek, which runs adjacent to Greenspring’s campus.  Greenspring residents are known stewards of campaigns promoting a healthier lifestyle, as is evident through their partnership with the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life® campaign.  Greenspring held the first ever Go4Life campaign event at the campus in Springfield in November 2011. 

The Impact of Resilience

Regardless of your how well you are doing at work, how your personal and professional relationships are going, and how much money you have, everyone benefits by increasing their resilience.

Think of resilience as a continuum. It is not an either-or trait. No matter where you are on the continuum today, you can always increase your ability to rise to challenges. Knowing that resilience is under your control is huge…especially when you realize how many things are not! This is where our self-talk, our internal chatter comes into play. We have to learn how to listen to our thoughts. They can steer us through the havoc that life often brings.

Are you having a rough time right now in a relationship, life in general, a career transition or are you facing health issues?

Try these two steps to begin to build your resilience by shifting your thinking style. Remember you control your thoughts, they don’t control you…unless you let them!!

Tips for Using Tomatoes, And Why You Should

Tips for Using Tomatoes, And Why You Should

America is a country that loves its tomatoes. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not only do we produce around $2 billion worth of tomatoes per year, making us the second largest tomato producing country in the world, but tomatoes are also the 4th most popularly eaten produced vegetable in the country (although technically it’s a fruit). There are a lot of health and taste reasons to use tomatoes; it’s just a matter of knowing which ones to use, and when.

“Tomatoes are the first major garden item to ripen,” explains Chef Scott Jenkins, the chef of Arlington-based Extra Virgin restaurant. “Tomatoes are so versatile and flavorful, the possibilities seem endless. It is truly the work horse of an Italian kitchen, from soups and salads to sauces and main entree features.”

Ugandan Parliament Member MEETS with MANASSAS-BASED, VISION WITH a PURPOSE

Ugandan Parliament Member MEETS with MANASSAS-BASED, VISION WITH a PURPOSE

Vision With a Purpose, based in Manassas, Va. met with Hon. Rose Najjemba, a member of the Ugandan Parliament, Gomba Constituency to discuss vision screenings for Gomba, Uganda. At the request of Hon. Najjemba and Bemba Kiggundul, M.D. of Gomba, Vision With a Purpose, including their vice president of medical affairs, Miles Press, O.D. of Fredericksburg, Va., will travel to Uganda in November to screen approximately 2,000 people out of a population of 150,00. For more information, go to www.visionwithapurpose.org or call 703-863-6864.

Extra Virgin Chef Loses 350 Pounds, Dishes Up Weight Loss Tips

Extra Virgin Chef Loses 350 Pounds, Dishes Up Weight Loss Tips

 

America is a country that has an obesity problem, and most people are aware of this. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of the adult population, and 17 percent of minors, are considered to be obese. The average individual across the nation struggles with food issues to some degree or another, but many may find it surprising that those who work in the food industry, such as chefs, have an even tougher time.

“I am passionate about what I do for a living, but I must admit that it can be a real challenge,” explains Chef Scott Jenkins, the executive chef at Arlington-based Extra Virgin restaurant. “Being around all the food all the time makes me want to enjoy it, yet I need to balance that with the need to be healthy and watch how much I eat.”