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The Cherry Blossoms Aren’t Our Only Early Visitors This Spring

The Cherry Blossoms Aren’t Our Only Early Visitors This Spring

The trees are budding and blooming, weeds are sprouting and bugs are emerging, including insects that affect our pets such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes that can transmit heartworm.

One of the advantages of a cold winter is that insects that affect our pets die off in great numbers in frigid temperatures. The warm weather coupled with high moisture has created an early season for bugs, and as they multiply over the coming weeks and months pet owners should take heed and take advantage of preventative measures to keep their pets healthy. Many veterinarians are recommending that these preventatives be started as soon as possible, if you do not use them year round.

5 Reasons Spray-On Tans are Better

5 Reasons Spray-On Tans are Better

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the country. Furthermore, around 90 percent of all skin cancer cases are associated with exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Even indoor tanning beds, which 30 million people use per year, pose health risks. Because of this, many people are in search of a healthier option. Today, the spray-on tan option is increasingly offering many benefits over other forms of tanning.

“Many people are not familiar with the type of spray-on tan that we offer,” explains Meghan Farrar, owner of Golden Glow Mobile Spray Tan (www.goldenglowtansva.com), located in NoVa. “Those who do know and opt for it find out just what a great-looking tan they can get, and how much better it is than sunbathing or being exposed to UV tanning booths.”

Spray-on tans provide many benefits, compared to other forms of tanning, including:

Locally-Owned Car Wash Hosts March 24th Blood Drive for Boy Awaiting Bone Marrow Transplant

Locally-Owned Car Wash Hosts March 24th Blood Drive for Boy Awaiting Bone Marrow Transplant

A letter from Pat Wirth, Owner of Potomac Falls Express Lube and Car Wash:

Dear Friends,  

March 24, 2012 is Joey Angel's 8th birthday. Guess what he wanted for his birthday? A blood drive to help keep him alive! You see, Joey has Severe Aplastic Anemia and is waiting for a bone marrow transplant. His mother and I are friends and since March is Red Cross month and I am a member of the Loudoun County Leadership Council for the American Red Cross we thought this was a match made in "heaven" (pun intended!). Joey and his family live in Potomac Falls and Janel, his mom, works for Cardinal Bank.  

Tips for Eating Healthy When Dining Out

Tips for Eating Healthy When Dining Out

 

Tips for Eating Healthy When Dining Out

 

March is National Nutrition Month across the country. It’s also an ideal time to look at what we can do to make eating out healthier, especially when you consider that as many as half of the meals that people eat today come from restaurants. In fact, the National Restaurant Association reports that it’s forecasting roughly $631 billion in restaurant sales for 2012. In a typical day across the country, restaurants sell around $1.7 billion worth of food.

Clearly, we are nation that enjoys dining out. But one look at the obesity rates and other health issues makes it apparent that we also need to strive for making healthier meal choices, even when we are at restaurants.

Sleepless Nights? Getting Help Can Benefit Your Body & Mind!

Sleepless Nights? Getting Help Can Benefit Your Body & Mind!

There is no question about it; sleep is absolutely essential to good physical and mental health. National Sleep Awareness Week starts on March 5th, and with 40–60 million Americans affected by some type of sleep disorder each year, it is clear that many of us need help “turning ourselves off” in an age where we are quite literally on all the time.

5 Tips for Packing Lunch-on-the-Run Healthier

5 Tips for Packing Lunch-on-the-Run Healthier

School lunches are in the headlines quite a bit, these days. Most people are calling for the school lunch program to clean up its act and start feeding the nation’s children healthier fare. Truth be told, many people who brown bag it could stand to make their lunch healthier, as well. Whether packing lunches for school or work, there are ways to make them healthier.

“Sure, it’s easy to grab some junk food, throw it in a bag and call it lunch,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Problem is, if you do that repeatedly, there will likely be some negative health consequences, over time. Making healthier lunches may require a tad more time and thought, but in the end it will keep you feeling better.”

Here are five tips for helping to make lunch-on-the-go healthier:

Family & Youth Casting Call: Getting Kids Outside, Active, and Hooked on Fishing!

Family & Youth Casting Call: Getting Kids Outside, Active, and Hooked on Fishing!

 

The following information was sent to us by Mike Bailey:

The Family & Youth Casting Call (FYCC) is a fun family and youth fishing event at Fletcher's Cove on the C&O Canal in Washington DC. The 2012 event is scheduled for Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.

What better way to get kids “hooked” on nature than by teaching them how to fish?  This April, local and national fishing and conservation organizations will once again host the Family & Youth Casting Call to help “set the hook” for children to learn about nature and fishing in the Washington, DC area. A wiggling fish on the end of a taut line can be one of the most tangible connections between having fun outside and learning about conserving our natural resources.