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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.

Tips for Choosing Heart-Healthy Snacks

Tips for Choosing Heart-Healthy Snacks

February is known as Heart Month in American, and for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. Each day, across the country, roughly 2,200 people that die from the disease. It’s also the leading cause of disability across the country, preventing people from working and living their lives as they would like to. With this in mind, it’s a good time to pay attention even to the little things that can either help or hurt the heart.

“Snacks may seem like trivial things, overall,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “But if you think about it in terms of a year, you will end up eating around 400 to 750 snacks per year, if you have one or two per day. That really adds up and can make a big difference in your heart health.”

New Study: Big Jump in Teens Who Say Social Media Has Made Them More Aware of the Needs of Others

New Study: Big Jump in Teens Who Say Social Media Has Made Them More Aware of the Needs of Others

 

200,000 Teens Will Give Up Food to Fight Global Hunger  World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, Feb. 24 -25.

Tour Of D.C.'s Future "Walmart Of Weed"

 

WeGrow, which is a full-service hydroponic superstore also known as "The Walmart of Weed", is set to open its first East Coast shop right here in Washington D.C..

Interview With D.C.'s "Walmart Of Weed" Franchise Owner

WeGrow, which is a full-service hydroponic superstore also known as "The Walmart of Weed", is set to open its first East Coast shop right here in Washington D.C..

The store, which will open up at the beginning of March at 1522 Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast, won't actually sell marajuana but will act as a superstore for medical marajuana growers.

Take a look at the video interview above with Alex Wong, the D.C. WeGrow franchise owner, to learn more about the company.  

Also see Wong give a tour of the shop here.

Giving the Gift of Craft During these Tough Economic Times…

Giving the Gift of Craft During these Tough Economic Times…

Tis’ the season to be giving, right?  But what if you cannot afford to give monetarily, like a group of nursing students from Global Health College that are struggling to afford an education?   Spreading the gift of health during this holiday season is what this group of nursing students decided to do. 

On December 15th, the students from Global Health College (GHC) demonstrated some of their basic clinical skills, distributed canned goods and coats to a local homeless shelter in Alexandria that they were busy collecting in between their studies and clinics for months prior.