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Tips for Going Gluten Free


Many products on the store shelves today carry the words “gluten free” on them. But just what does that mean, and why is it there? The label means plenty!  But in a nutshell, it means avoiding wheat, spelt, barley and rye, and a variety of other grain-based ingredients. Gluten-free foods are being sought out by many people, including the over 3 million people who have celiac disease, as well as millions more who have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. The good news it that while it may seem like going gluten free is a daunting task, it is actually isn’t all that difficult!

5 Things You May Not Know About Acupuncture

Each year, millions of people in America use acupuncture, a traditional Chinese approach to improving health. While acupuncture has been used in China for over 2,000 years, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it has become increasingly popular in America over the past few decades. Still, many people are not familiar with what it is and what it can be used for.

“Acupuncture is an effective way to treat many different ailments that people experience,” explains Dr. Gary Kaplan, founder of The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine (www.kaplanclinic.com), located in McLean, VA.  “While some people may be skeptical at first, they end up as fans, after they try acupuncture and see how it helps improve their health and well being.”

Spring Cleaning for Water Distribution Pipes to Start March 21

Spring Cleaning for Water Distribution Pipes to Start March 21

From DC Water:

From March 21 through May 2, 2011, the disinfectant in drinking water will temporarily switch from chloramine to chlorine.

This annual change is part of a routine maintenance program to keep the water distribution system in the District of Columbia, Arlington County and Falls Church clean and free of potentially harmful bacteria. A temporary switch to chlorine with system-wide flushing is done to maintain water quality throughout the year. This is standard practice for many water systems that use chloramine during the majority of the year.  

The Washington Aqueduct is the organization responsible for treating drinking water for the District of Columbia, Arlington County, and Falls Church, Virginia.

UMC Partners With Wizards' Josh Howard To Promote Nutrition and Physical Fitness

UMC Partners With Wizards' Josh Howard To Promote Nutrition and Physical Fitness

This story comes to us from Chennelle Harris:

 

DC Fitness Challenge Tackles City's Obesity Epidemic

DC Fitness Challenge Tackles City's Obesity Epidemic

This story comes to us from Chickaro Martin:

Aimed at battling DC’s alarming obesity rate, one of the highest in the country, on Saturday May 14, 2011 Project Fitness Community and WIAS (Wellness In American Schools) will host the second annual DC Fitness Challenge. The event will take place at McKinley Technology High School, located at 151 T Street, Northeast, D.C., from 10 a.m.—2 p.m.

Annual Ward 8 Walkaton Against Domestic Violence

On Saturday, October 9, the Ward 8 Council Against Domestic Violence will host their annual walkathon.

The walk is 4 kilometers, and will kick off from 1901 Mississippi Avenue in Southeast.

Registration begins at 9:00 A.M. and the walk will commence at 10:00 A.M..

The cost of participation are as follows:

  • Ages 0 to 12: Free
  • Ages 13 to 21: $5
  • Ages 21 and over: $10
  • Businesses/Churches/Organizations: $50

The walk will take place rain or shine.  For more information, contact Sandra Seegars at 202-561-6616 or send an e-mail to beasurvivortoday@aol.com.

A portion of all proceeds will go to the William Kellibrew Foundation.

DC Pro Sports Teams Join Forces With Coca-Cola to Battle Childhood Obesity

The Coca-Cola Company, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, Washington Nationals, Washington Redskins and Washington Wizards joined forces at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, September 28 to announce a unique partnership aimed at educating local area youth about the importance of physical activity and a balanced diet. The collective influence of these high profile partners is expected to amplify the need to educate and engage area youth about eating right and keeping fit. These are shared goals for Washington’s professional sports teams and Coca-Cola, giving youth an exciting opportunity to connect with local icons and teaching them how to “play like pros and eat like pros.”  The D.C.-area alliance, which is an extension of Coca-Cola’s numerous Live Positively programs, will serve as a pilot program for future partnerships between Coca-Cola and professional sports teams throughout the country.