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Living With George

Living With George

We often like to stay in contact with the families that have adopted animals from us. We like to think that adopting from us includes building a relationship that will continue long after you and your family leaves our shelter. That way, if there were ever any problems, adopters can feel comfortable with talking to us before it spirals to a point where it jeopardizes the bond you share with your pet. We would then of course do what we could to help fix the problem.

What’s best about this relationship is that more often than not we find that there are no problems at all and in fact that the adoption has changed the human's life and much as it has the animal’s.

Tips for Eating Healthfully From a Vending Machine

Tips for Eating Healthfully From a Vending Machine

We live in a fast-paced world and, at one time or another, we have all found ourselves face to face with a vending machine, looking for a snack or beverage. The problem, up until now, has been that vending machine food was always synonymous with junk food or unhealthy options. But a new company has set out to change the way people see vending machines, and the nutrition that they get from them.

“Maybe it wasn’t easy to find healthy, tasty food from vending machines before, but we have made it our mission to change that,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Now, people can get a nutritious snack or beverage, whether they are playing, working, or at school. We are on the move and hopefully coming to an area near you soon.”

Gift Ideas For Mother's Day

Gift Ideas For Mother's Day

Just as the temperature begins to show signs of heating up, and my flower beds begin to show signs of life beyond winter, I found the most gorgeous collection of silk photo albums that are simply too elegant to forget. And in fact, I was invited to a fabulous black tie event last weekend at my friend, Lynda's home (yes, her home!) and I so wish that I had come across these works of art before I settled on something lovely as a hostess gift-- but not nearly as special.

Confident Kid: Build Him Up

Confident Kid: Build Him Up

Most parents want to provide the right encouragement to their children to help them succeed in all of their goals in life. Many of us don’t realize, however, just how much of an impact our words can have on our children’s self-confidence and odds of achieving their dreams. As parents, we are the biggest influence on how our children develop self-image and their outlook on life. What we say matters, and so does how and when we say it.

The Right Kind of Praise
Recent research that sent the entire parenting world into a state of disbelief has turned many of our ideas about how praise works upside down. As it turns out, simply telling a child they are smart and praising their intelligence isn’t enough to develop confidence; in fact, it has the opposite effect. So should we not praise our kids? Absolutely, we should, but the research has proven that there is a more effective method of using praise to develop self-confidence.

Day Trippin'; Where to Go, What to Do around Metro DC

Day Trippin'; Where to Go, What to Do around Metro DC

What is your idea of a perfect spring day? Sipping vino on the Potomac? Sightseeing with map in hand at historic landmarks? Riding adrenaline-pulsing roller coasters? All of these are available here in the mid-Atlantic region within an hour (or two) from home. Decide what mood you're in, fill 'er up and hit the road with a friend, alone or with the whole family in tow.

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Cutting Calories Just Got Easier with Fresh Healthy Vending

 Cutting Calories Just Got Easier with Fresh Healthy Vending

When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, calories in versus calories burned is everything! Losing simply comes down to using more calories than you take in. But did you realize that taking in just 50 calories less per day can lead to an effortless five-pound weight loss per year? It’s true! A pound is equal to 3,500 calories, so if you use 50 calories less per day than you take in, you will drop a pound approximately every two months. And cutting calories on the go just got a lot easier!

“A lot of people are looking for ways to cut calories and get healthy, and now we have an option that will support them in doing so,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Our machines offer the healthy snack and drink options that people want but have had a difficult time finding on the go, up until now.”

The Washington Mystics and INOVA Health System Team Up

The Washington Mystics and INOVA Health System Team Up

Today INOVA Health System and the Washington Mystics held a press event to announce their strategic partnership and to unveil the new uniforms of the Mystics, which display the INOVA Health System logo.   

“As partners, the Mystics serve as role models,” said Mark Stauder, President and COO of INOVA Health System. As partners, the two organizations hope to address issues such as child obesity and women’s health issues. In today’s announcement it was stressed that INOVA Health Systems and the Washington Mystics both share the same commitment to serve the community.

“This is an incredible moment in our history,” said Janell Hoffman, Board Member and Nurse Leader for INOVA Loudoun Hospital. Watch the video to see the unveiling of the new uniforms.