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Favorite Fridays: Favorite Treats To Stay Cool

Favorite Fridays: Favorite Treats To Stay Cool
It's excessively hot and unusually humid in the DC Metro Area this week. The temperature is rising with a 120-degree heat index (wow!) This heat wave can be very dangerous, so drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. If you have to step out of the air condition, check out some of my favorite treats that keep me cool. Clayboys Hawaiian Shave Ice: This family operated cart has been on Bethesda Avenue, in front of Barnes and Noble, for about 11 years. With over 20 flavors including Blue Raspberry (the most popular), Cherry, Coconut, Lime, Grape, Banana, Strawberry, Watermelon, Bubble Gum, Lemonade, Vanilla, Tigers Blood (Strawberry and coconut mixed), Root Beer and Green Apple. A shave ice will set you back $2 for a small, $3 for a medium, and $4 for a large. You can choose up to two flavors per cup. Each serving also has one Swedish Fish inside for you to find!

Combating Childhood Obesity on School Campuses

Combating Childhood Obesity on School Campuses

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 17 percent of all children are now considered obese, triple the percentage of a generation ago. Meanwhile, schools across the country have implemented vending machines, in an effort to raise funds. Unfortunately, those machines have traditionally been stocked with unhealthy items. Today, however, vending machines are available that are stocked with all-natural and healthy foods, which could be an important step in helping to combat childhood obesity on campus.

“The ability to put a healthy vending machine on campus is essential,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com), a company specializing in vending machines that are stocked with all-healthy options. “It gives kids and college students access to quick, convenient foods that are also packed with the nutrition they need.”

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Tuning in to Your Self Talk

I just came across an article Martha Beck wrote for O Magazine called “How To Tune In to the Voice Within” about our inner voice or self talk. It’s worth reading and has some useful exercises that you can do. After all, our thoughts shape our lives and affect the relationships we’re in and the careers we choose. So what can be more important (outside of our health) than what we say to ourselves…and that does have an impact on our lives.

Favorite Fridays: What's Your Favorite FroYo Spot?

Favorite Fridays: What's Your Favorite FroYo Spot?

I have to say on a hot day, nothing sounds better than frozen yogurt topped with fruit, and chocolate unless of course Miami was an option, then I’d be soaking up the sun (with my friend SPF 30).

FroYo is perfect for an after dinner or lunch spot because it’s light, yet filling with as many toppings as you see fit!

TangySweet in Penn Quarter has always been a favorite of mine because I am obsessed with the Green Tea Tart topped with coconut, and mango. You may think that sounds odd, but trust me its delicious and quite refreshing. Additionally, TangySweet sells Red Velvet Cupcakes, which I buy occasionally and like to eat for breakfast the following morning. My all-time favorite is the Summertime cake. Nothing says rise and shine like a light and zesty lemon cake topped with whipped cream cheese and shredded coconut.

Drug Shortages Are Increasing Costs To The Nation’s Health System

 Drug Shortages Are  Increasing Costs To The Nation’s Health System

This information was sent to us by IMRI:

Increasing drug shortages are impacting patient care and increasing costs to the nation’s health system, according to a new study released today by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  The study was conducted in partnership with the University of Michigan Health System, and published online.

 The research found:

-      The labor costs associated with managing shortages translates to an estimated annual impact of $216 million nationally.

-      Reallocation of existing staff, including from patient care duties, to allow time for individuals to focus on managing shortages was commonly reported (32 percent),

-      More than 90% of respondents agreed that drug shortages were associated with an increased burden and increased costs today compared to two years ago.

- &nbs

Montgomery County Approves Smoking Ban for Multi-Family Residences

Montgomery County Approves Smoking Ban for Multi-Family Residences

The following information comes to us from The Montgomery County Council:

July 12, 2011—The Montgomery County Council today unanimously approved a Board of Health regulation that will prohibit smoking in certain common areas of multiple-family residential dwellings and certain playgrounds relating to those dwellings. An amendment added to the bill today will ban smoking within 25 feet of playground areas on privately owned property that has a primary purpose to serve the residents of more then one dwelling.

The chief sponsor of the smoking ban smoking was Councilmember George Leventhal, who chairs the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee. Council Vice President Roger Berliner was a co-sponsor.

The ban, which will go into effect on Aug. 12th, got momentum from studies that have looked at the impact of secondhand smoke.