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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.

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.

Together, Let's End Domestic and Dating Violence


Please view and share this video message. The video is directed at the important women who complete our lives, and each time the video is viewed, 4 cents will be donated to Becky's Fund. Becky's Fund is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., and it focuses on domestic violence awareness and education.

For more information about Becky's Fund and how you can make a difference in the fight against domestic and dating violence, visit www.BeckysFund.org.

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

DC Bartender wins National Model Search


My Quest for Healthy Ice Cream: Becoming a Vegan Gelato Artisan

I was in an awful jam; one that you may be in, yourself. 

I loved ice cream so much that when I would buy a pint, I would eat a pint.  No need for freezer space. As soon as I got it home from the store, it was gone.

For years I knew that I had to find a way out.  I didn’t want to gain weight, clog my arteries, or spike my blood sugar…all eventualities from the “pint-of-ice-cream-daily” diet.  Nor did I want to contribute to enslaving cows or warming the globe, two unfortunate side effects of milk production.

What to do?

Searching for a stunningly delicious, nutritious, animal-and-earth-friendly frozen dessert, I came up empty-handed. My conclusion: I would have to create this product myself.

As I pondered how to proceed, I realized that I had finally found my green business idea. 

Where are all the breast cancer donations going this month?

Do you know?  To breast cancer research, education, some national organization? Why not keep your donations in the community?   Help someone locally who cannot afford their treatments.....like The Tigerlily Foundation has done time and time again!

The Tigerlily Foundation's motto is “impacting young women’s lives before, during and after breast cancer.”   It has been helping local victims of breast cancer with financial assistance when breast cancer strikes, and health insurance may not be enough.