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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:

Spring Cleaning Begins On The Inside

Spring Cleaning Begins On The Inside

 

The following information was sent to us by Deborah Knuckey:

Bethesda’s Purée Artisan Juice Bar™ has partnered with Bradley Wellness to offer a guided juice cleanse which kicked off Sunday, February 19  with a workshop on how to prepare for the cleanse. The participants received guidance as they prepared for a three days juice fast that runs from Thursday 23 through Saturday 26 and is followed by a post cleanse workshop.

Amy Waldman, Founder of Purée and a self-confessed “Juice Junkie” has partnered with Karen Bradley, a Certified Nutritional Consultant, to hold the program.

“Many people want to try a cleanse but don’t know where to begin,” said Waldman, “A group cleanse is a great way to both understand the process better and gain the support of a like minded community throughout the cleanse.”

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.

Whole Foods Market Hosts First Ever Health Starts Here Chef’s Challenge

Whole Foods Market Hosts First Ever Health Starts Here Chef’s Challenge

 

The following information was sent to us by Samantha Jimenez:

 

Chefs from Whole Foods Market Friendship Heights, Bethesda, Silver Spring and Tenley will compete in the inaugural Health Starts Here Chef’s Challenge!

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.

January is Open Enrollment For Child-Only Health Insurance Policies in Maryland

January is Open Enrollment For Child-Only Health Insurance Policies in Maryland

The following information was sent to us by Betsy Charlow:

 

Policies Available for Children 18 and Under With No Exclusions for Preexisting Conditions

January is open enrollment for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States individual health insurance policies for children.  During January, these two companies will offer policies for children age 18 and under with no exclusions for preexisting conditions.  This is an opportunity for those families that do not have access to family policies to find coverage for their children.