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No More Excuses: Tips for Having a Healthy Heart

No More Excuses: Tips for Having a Healthy Heart

February is American Heart Month, making it a great time to pause and consider what we are doing for our hearts. After all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 610,000 people die every year in the U.S. because of heart disease. That’s one out of every fourth deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the country. Add to that the fact that Americans suffer around 735,000 heart attacks each year, and it’s clear to see that we as a nation need to cut the excuses and start giving our hearts a little more love and attention.

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Metropolitan School of the Arts’ Academy Open House on Fri., Jan. 26

Metropolitan School of the Arts’ Academy Open House on Fri., Jan. 26

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Alexandria, Va., is hosting its open house on Fri., Jan. 26 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM with an opportunity to meet and greet with MSA staff as well as refreshments. The open house is located at 5775 Barclay Road, Suite 4, in Alexandria, Va. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

“Our open houses are an excellent opportunity to meet MSA families, students, faculty and staff, tour our facility, and experience first-hand what an Academy arts education entails,” said Melissa Dobbs, executive director and founder of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria, Va.

How Anyone Can Be an Influencer

How Anyone Can Be an Influencer

Each day there are billions of people who use the Internet, and most are being influenced by others in one way or another. Many even seek that influence, especially when it comes to making purchases. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, 82% of U.S. adults say they have checked out online reviews and ratings before making a product purchase. Of those, 40% say they almost always check out online reviews before making a purchase. Online video reviews are the next big hit in marketing, and the good news is that now anyone can be the influencer, thanks to Indi.com.

BASIS Independent McLean Celebrates Its Second Annual International Day

BASIS Independent McLean Celebrates Its Second Annual International Day

BASIS Independent McLean’s (BIM) Parent Community Association (PCA) hosted its 2nd Annual International Day to celebrate cultures around the world and in the school community. The PCA transformed BASIS Independent McLean’s cafeteria, the Great Hall, into five continents:  Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. The event brought together students, parents and faculty to celebrate the school’s diverse community. For more information about BASIS Independent McLean, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com/.

“This is a great first community event of the new year because it brings families from all grades together in celebration of the diversity of our families and different cultural traditions,” said Ron Kim, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean of McLean, Va.

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The Top 10 Architectural Trends that Should Be Left Behind in 2018

The Top 10 Architectural Trends that Should Be Left Behind in 2018

Each year, as technology progresses and lifestyles evolve, old trends are replaced with new ones. This process happens across all industries including architecture and design. But trends don’t appear from thin air - typically change comes from progressive industry leaders who are one step ahead of their competition. As new trends emerge providing better options, it's time to expire outdated ones.

“We are happy to be at the forefront of change in the world of architecture,” explains Matthew Rosenberg, Founder of M-Rad, an architecture and design studio located in Los Angeles, California. “While some trends hold steady and survive the test of time, some trends should never have developed in the first place.”

Here are the top 10 architectural trends that should be left behind in 2018:

Carmello’s Holiday Dinner Feeds 35 BARN Community Housing Residents

Carmello’s Holiday Dinner Feeds 35 BARN Community Housing Residents

Carmello’s of Historic Manassas, Va. got to make special holiday memories with more than 35 BARN Community Housing residents of Bristow, Va., when they dropped off Christmas dinner for the 12 BARN families. Meals included tortellini crema rosa with a variety of salads and desserts. For more information on Carmello’s, go www.carmellos.com.

BARN Community Housing of Bristow, Va. opened its doors to families facing homelessness in 1997. A 501(c)3 secular non-profit, BARN provides clean, safe housing for families in need of a helping hand.  Started by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, BARN is located on the monastery grounds. BARN is about helping families overcome the obstacles – emotional and financial –empowering these individuals to trust in their own abilities and strive to be the best version of themselves.

Which Fitness Trends to Leave Behind in 2018 and Which Ones to Embrace

Which Fitness Trends to Leave Behind in 2018 and Which Ones to Embrace

Fitness may be something that stays consistent, but the trends surrounding it tend to change with the times. Gone are the popular days of the hula hoop, vibration belts, and Jane Fonda home workouts. There are new fitness trends that emerge in their places and ones that we should embrace in order to get the most out of striving to reach and maintain our fitness goals. Knowing which ones to leave behind and which ones to embrace can make a big difference in helping people be active in 2018.