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5 Ways to a Healthy Heart

5 Ways to a Healthy Heart

From Cher Murphy PR:

FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA – (January 31, 2011) – February is American Heart Month, so it is a great reminder of just how important it is to take proper care of your heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults. Each year, over 785,000 people in this country experience their first heart attack, and over 631,000 die from heart disease. It is also a disease that costs the nation over $316 billion annually in health care costs, lost productivity and medications. It is also largely preventable, as it is a disease that results mainly from our lifestyle choices.

Local Business Makes Local Difference: Cheers Sports & Team Joe Charities Assist Inova Fairfax NICU

Local Business Makes Local Difference: Cheers Sports & Team Joe Charities Assist Inova Fairfax NICU

This week, WUSA 9 recognizes Cheers Sports for its neighborhood contribution through Team Joe Charities.

Thanks to Andrea Alexander (Aesa Consulting) for nominating Cheers Sports as this week's Local Business ... Local Difference.

Redskins baby Zoie's first trip to the dentist

A dental visit at an early age is a “well baby checkup” for the teeth. 

Redskins linebacker, Lorenzo Alexander, brought in his daughter Zoie to show parents how to care for their children’s teeth.  Teaching children good dental habits at a young age reduces the fear of going to the dentist and creates a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Two NoVA Cancer Non-Profits Will Represent Washington, D.C., at Academy Awards of Philanthropy

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation (TBKF) has won the distinction of being named Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.,  by StayClassy. TBKF now moves onto the national round in California to compete with charities from seven other U.S. cities for the Classy Award and title of National Charity of the Year.

The Classy Awards are sponsored by StayClassy.org, an innovative outlet for non-profit organizations. The awards recognize the philanthropic work of charitable foundations, businesses, and individuals.  Awards are given in one of ten categories including Charity of the Year, Small Charity of the Year, and Most Creative Awareness Campaign.  The Charity of the Year winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while other winners will receive $10,000. Presented in downtown San Diego on November 7, the Classy Awards are the Academy Awards of philanthropy.

TBKF went up against 10 other Washington, D.C. based charities in the first round of online voting. First round voting took place from October 9 through October 22. The final stage of voting is happening now and will continue through November 5.

Lisa Millar, founder of TBKF, said, “We are so honored to represent the brain tumor and cancer community and to be able to increase much needed awareness. We are fighting for everyone touched by cancer and for all the angels taken too soon.”

DC Candlelighters, an organization for childhood cancer awareness and support was also awarded Small Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.  The DC Candlelighters an all-volunteer charity that supports families of children fighting cancer and was started by families whose own children had been diagnosed with cancer. 

TBKF was born out of love, by Lisa Millar, for her 29-year-old brother who died from a brain tumor and for her need to avenge the disease that took him. TBKF co-founded a national branding and unification movement to join all those working towards a cure for brain tumors. Over 71 non-profits have united under the Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade campaign. TBKF, along with its many D.C. Metro events, including their Kids Helping Kids event for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, is developing a new project that will motivate and guide members of communities to join together and do their part to help put an end to all cancer.

Both The Brad Kaminksy Foundation and DC Candlelighters are founded by women whose personal lives have been impacted by cancer.  These charities are informing and motivating our communities to get involved and raise awareness to beat cancer.

Fairfax Area Community Health Survey

From the Fairfax County Health Department:

The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax is a coalition of community members and diverse organizations working together to improve community health in the Fairfax community, which includes Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna.

A critical component of the Partnership's work is a Community Health Survey to gather perspectives about community strengths and the issues needing more attention. The brief anonymous survey will be posted online through November 15, 2010. Everyone who lives, works, or plays in the Fairfax community is encouraged to take a few minutes to answer some simple questions. This is a chance to get involved and make a difference as we work together to improve community health. Your opinion counts!

Now at Panera: Pink Ribbon Bagel to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Panera Bread's signature Pink Ribbon Bagel is back for the month of October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Panera Bread has Northern Virginia locations in Arlington, Falls Church, Bailey's Crossroads, Alexandria, Merrifield, McLean, Virginia, West Springfield, Fairfax and Reston participating for the 10th year in a row to help support the fight against breast cancer.

The bagels will be sold throughout the month of October and the participating bakery-cafes will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon Bagel to the Inova Health Systems Life with Cancer Program. Not only will the bagel support breast cancer awareness, it is also delicious! The bagel includes cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in Falls Church

From the City of Falls Church, VA:

First Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Sept. 25

The City of Falls Church will join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners in the nationwide prescription drug "Take-Back" Day on Saturday, Sept. 25.  The purpose of this campaign is to prevent increased drug abuse and theft. City of Falls Church public safety officials will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at Fire Station #6, 6950 Little Falls Road (rear parking lot) on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  All drugs collected will be destroyed.