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May is Hunger Awareness Month in Loudoun County

May is Hunger Awareness Month in Loudoun County

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has declared May as “Hunger Awareness Month” in Loudoun.

As the Board’s proclamation notes, food pantries in Loudoun County receive generous donations over the holidays and winter months, but as summer approaches donations significantly decrease.

During the summer months, the county’s largest food pantry, operated by Loudoun Interfaith Relief, increases the amount provided to each qualified child by 25 percent to make up for the loss of school-based programs. With a decrease in donations and more area families in need, area food panties are stretched thin. Loudoun Interfaith Relief reports that its food supplies are “dangerously low.” 

Through the Hunger Awareness Month proclamation, the Board is sending a message of support to those in need, raising awareness of the critical issue, and encouraging citizens to donate food items to one of the area’s local food pantries.

“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.

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.”

HealthWorks Opens in Leesburg ::: Care Regardless of Age, Insurance, or Ability to Pay

HealthWorks Opens in Leesburg ::: Care Regardless of Age, Insurance, or Ability to Pay

 

The Loudoun Community Health Center opened the doors of its new Leesburg building and began providing expanded health care services on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. In addition, the health center began doing business under a new name – HealthWorks for Northern Virginia.

The new building, located at 163 Fort Evans Road NE in Leesburg, was completed using an $8.7 million federal grant awarded in 2010. The funding enabled the health center to expand not only space but also the services it provides.  The new 27,000-sq-ft building houses a seven-chair dental suite, a pharmacy, mental health counseling rooms, 18 exam rooms, community meeting rooms and more.