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A Change In The Guard

Friends, we are in the midst of a global paradigm shift in health care. At the center of these changes are health and nutrition counselors, wellness coaches of various niches and specialties, acupuncturists, organic farmers, independent film makers, and the list now goes on and on. For example, healing modalities like TCM and Ayurveda are healing systems which promote health using natural, nontoxic substances and which recognizes the important role of the mind and emotions. A paradigm is a model used to explain how and why events happen the way they do, and as mankind's comprehension of the universe evolves, new paradigms emerge. The best example of paradigm shifts is in the field of modern physics. The classical Newtonian explanation of the world which for two hundred years was accepted as reality has now been replaced by quantum mechanics, superstrings, and field theory. In the old paradigm, every event had a definite cause and every action had an equal and opposite reaction.

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Washington, D.C. has the 2nd lowest rate of obese adults in the United States, trailing only Colorado, according to a report from Trust for America’s Heather and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, entitled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, investigates weight issues by state, as well as in the District. 

According to the report, 12 states have obesity rates of more than 30 percent.  D.C.’s rate of obese adults, however, is a reported 21%.

Maryland ‘s adult obesity rate is 27.1 percent according to the study, while Virginia’s is 25.9 percent, which ranks them as the 26th and 30th most obese states in the country respectively.

The Century Council highlights DC SCORES Executive Director Amy Nakamoto for dedication to youth

The Century Council highlights DC SCORES Executive Director Amy Nakamoto for dedication to youth

 This summer, The Century Council (TCC), in celebrating its 20th anniversary, is honoring 20 individuals nationally “who have committed their careers and lives to our country's youth, health, safety, and fostering lasting, positive change.”

Amy Nakamoto, the Executive Director of DC SCORES — an after-school program in the District that combines soccer, poetry and service-learning to serve over 800 students in 26 elementary and middle schools — was chosen for making such a difference.

In May, Nakamoto met with the Century Council while watching a DC SCORES middle school soccer game to discuss what makes her passionate about helping to shape the lives of the District’s youth.

Breast Cancer Patients and Families to Protest FDA

The following information was brought to us by Bryan Wilkes:

SILVER SPRING, MD – Breast cancer patients and their families will rally together on Tuesday, June 28, at 7:00 am outside of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).  The issue will be the FDA’s final hearing to remove the drug Avastin from the approved medication list for treatment of late stage breast cancer.

Terry Kalley, founder of the Freedom of Access to Medicines (FAMEDS), will lead the protest and then testify at the morning FDA hearing on behalf of his wife.  For more information on FAMEDS and Kalley’s story, go to www.fameds.org.

Following the FDA hearing, the group will make its way to Capitol Hill for congressional visits, and wrap up the day with a media availability at 1:30 pm in 2103 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

A Dose of Nature

 

Wow.  I just got back from working out outside…talk about something nourishing for the mind and soul.  Now that the weather is consistently warmer it has been wonderful to work out in the fresh air and amongst nature. 

Walking, running, stretching is a great way to clear the mind…just what the doctor ordered.  My schedule has been extremely busy and although I am good at balancing work and life, the life piece has recently kicked in between a long distance elderly mother, the kids, and the everyday stresses of life.  So what’s the best medicine…exercising out in nature is top on my list!  Natural endorphins are released into your body when you exercise and you feel better…mentally and physically.

So here’s what you can do if you’re feeling stressed and you want to clear your head:

D.C. Second "Fittest" City In The Country?

D.C. Second "Fittest" City In The Country?

 

 

 

USA TODAY -- The Twin Cities Minneapolis-St. Paul are the healthiest, fittest cities in the USA, followed by Washington, D.C., and Boston, according to a new analysis of the 50 most populous metro areas.