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November is Prematurity Awareness Month in Fairfax County

November is Prematurity Awareness Month in Fairfax County

One in every eight babies is born premature. Fairfax County has made November Prematurity Awareness Month to bring attention to this issue and hopefully decrease these preterm births. 

From Fairfax County:

Prematurity Awareness Month

  • To decrease preterm births by providing resources to increase knowledge about factors that cause preterm birth
  • To change the attitudes and behaviors of providers and consumers in order to impact community-specific risk factors
  • To implement strategies to prevent preterm births
  • Educate yourself and your family members about premature birth and how to prevent it

If You Are Pregnant

  • Learn about the risk factors for premature birth
  • Know the warning signs of preterm labor (see below)

Prematurity Facts

OCCASIONALLY CAKE THINKS PINK…

OCCASIONALLY CAKE THINKS PINK…

 

OCCASIONALLY CAKE THINKS PINK…
Alexandria Cake Shop Supports Inova Mount Vernon’s Breast Cancer Institute

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. donated a $500, breast-cancer-awareness cake, decked in pink, decorated with the renowned pink ribbon in support of the 2nd Annual Toast to a Cure, Breast Cancer Fundraising event. Hosted by Inova Mount Vernon Hospital’s Breast Care Institute to raise monies for its Breast Cancer Community Education Fund, the event raised approximately $9,000. For more information on Occasionally Cake, call 703-780-CAKE or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Joins INOVA Health System Buy Fresh, Buy Local

 

OLD TOWN MANASSAS FARMER’S MARKET JOINS INOVA HEALTH SYSTEM BUY FRESH, BUY LOCAL

SNAP Recipients Buy $10 in Tokens and Get an Additional $10 Courtesy of Inova

Inova Health System Buy Fresh, Buy Local program, which is part of Inova’s healthy weight management and children’s obesity prevention program, has joined with the Old Town Manassas Farmer’s Market by matching SNAP (Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program) funds dollar for dollar up to $10. So if a SNAP recipient buys $10 in tokens, they will get an additional $10 courtesy of Inova. Inova can fund up to $2,000 a year. The program will run now through Sat., Nov. 5, 2011 and Saturdays only from Sat., Nov. 26 through Sat., Mar. 31, 2012. For more information, visit www.visitmanassas.org.

Spa Week in The Metro DC Area: EXTENDED!

Spa Week in The Metro DC Area: EXTENDED!

From Spa Week Media:

Kick your legs up and do the Spa Cha Cha… Spa Week’s not really over yet! Those $50 treatments are still kicking! It’s true. Every year, more than half of our spas decide that they are going to extend their Spa Week specials for another week, or even until the end of the month. Why? Many spas book up entirely for Spa Week itself, so they extend to accommodate all appointment calls.

Here’s the list of DMV spas that are still accepting appointments well into the month of October. Take advantage of the $50 sessions of healing, pampering, and relaxation while you still can!

FCPS Encourages Students to Adopt 9-5-2-1-0

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

As part of its 2011-12 school year goals to encourage good nutrition and physical activity among students, Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is promoting the 9-5-2-1-0 program in October.This program promotes 9 hours of sleep, 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, 2 hours of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks for elementary school-age students each day.

In conjunction with the 9-5-2-1-0 campaign, FNS is introducing students to new fruits and vegetables and purchasing locally-grown seasonal produce whenever possible to serve in schools. These activities complement the Give Me 5! Colors That Jive! nutrition message that encourages students to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors in order to get proper nutrition. FNS is also working with schools to use produce that is grown in school gardens in school menus.

FCPS to Observe National School Lunch Week October 11-14

FCPS to Observe National School Lunch Week October 11-14

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

 

Students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will observe National School Lunch Week October 11-14 with a focus on" Let's Grow Healthy," a campaign to help students learn where food comes from and how it helps them grow strong and healthy.

Using Acupuncture to Boost Fertility. What's new in treating infertility may surprise you!

Using Acupuncture to Boost Fertility. What's new in treating infertility may surprise you!

McLean, VA – September 20, 2011 - The problem of infertility can be emotionally and financially draining, and it is also far from rare – with fully 10-15% of couples in the US having difficulty conceiving.  But what’s new in the arena of infertility treatment may surprise you: According to Lisa Lilienfield, MD, at The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Virginia, “Medical research demonstrates that acupuncture is clinically effective in boosting fertility.”

“Overall, the research is very strong,” Dr. Lilienfield explains. “In general, a woman may be up to 65% more likely to become pregnant if she is receives acupuncture combined with IVF treatments, as compared to receiving IVF treatments alone.”

So, how does this procedure, which has been used for thousands of years to alleviate pain and boost the body’s immune system, help to improve fertility in women? In three ways, explains Dr. Lilienfield: