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METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to HOST a 30-min NUTCRACKER w/BRUNCH in OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to HOST a 30-min NUTCRACKER w/BRUNCH in OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present their pint-sized, 30-minute version of the Nutcracker for younger audiences, along with a breakfast on Sun., Dec. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Old Town Alexandria, Va. Tickets are $38 for children, 10 and younger,  and $48 for adults. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for tickets.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to FEATURE NUTCRACKER on Nov. 22 and 23 in ANNANDALE

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS to FEATURE NUTCRACKER on Nov. 22 and 23 in ANNANDALE

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present their annual Nutcracker performances on Sat., Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sun., Nov. 24 at 12 p.m. and
5 p.m.at the Northern Virginia Community College, Ernst Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus in Annandale, Va. Ticket prices range from $21 to $27 and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

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Are you paying for health or disease at the grocery store?

Are you paying for health or disease at the grocery store?

According to the United States Census Bureau, supermarkets and grocery stores are a $466 billion industry. With nearly 65,000 stores nationwide, supermarkets are designed to meet the needs of those looking for the convenient foods to those who want to cook everything from scratch, and everything in between. With so many choices people can become overwhelmed and lose sight of the fact that what they put in their grocery cart can directly impact their overall health. Dr. Nimali Fernando, a pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project, names five things you may be putting in your cart when you opt for unhealthy, processed foods.

Dr. Yum Suggests Five Tips to Eat Healthier as a Family during Eat Better, Eat Together Month

Dr. Yum Suggests Five Tips to Eat Healthier as a Family during Eat Better, Eat Together Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a poor diet can increase the risk for lung, esophageal, stomach, colorectal and prostate cancers. Individuals who eat fast food one or more times per week are at increased risk for weight gain, becoming overweight and obesity. The month of October is Eat Better, Eat Together Month and Dr. Yum suggest 5 tips to create a healthier eating environment for the family.

“Studies have shown that families that cook and eat together are closer and, in general, healthier,” affirms explains Dr. Nimali Fernando, a pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project. “With the rising rate of obesity, now more than ever, it’s essential to focus on what we feed and teach our children about nutrition and food.”

MANASSAS CITY HOSTS ANNUAL PUBLIC UTILITIES DAY; FREE FAMILY EVENT and DIGGER DEMO

MANASSAS CITY HOSTS ANNUAL PUBLIC UTILITIES DAY; FREE FAMILY EVENT and DIGGER DEMO

On Sat., Oct. 11, the City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works department is hosting their annual Public Utilities Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their facility at 8500 Public Works Drive in Manassas, Va. The event features free tours of the facility, various utility displays, electric city, water shed, sewer shed and digger derrick demonstrations, kids’ activities, raffle prizes, a barbecue lunch by Virginia Barbecue, ice cream by Nathan’s and Miss Lyn balloonist. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org, or contact Ana Davis 703-257-8276.

5 Ways to Create a Culture of Wellness in Your Family

5 Ways to Create a Culture of Wellness in Your Family

Pediatrician takes wellness to a whole new level, helping parents and kids focus on healthy foods

According to the American Psychological Association, children see an average of 40,000 commercials each year are for unhealthy foods, prompting them to want more of those items when they see them in the stores. On average, 33 percent of children and 41 percent of adolescents consume fast food on any given day. There is a problem with the state of children’s health today. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that childhood obesity has doubled in the last 30 years, with a third of all children and adolescents now considered overweight or obese.

The Doctor Yum Project Invites Community to Attend ‘Fed Up’ Movie Screening

The Doctor Yum Project Invites Community to Attend ‘Fed Up’ Movie Screening

New documentary focuses on the unsweet side of all the sugar our children are consuming through the country’s food supply.

The Doctor Yum Project is holding a screening of the documentary “Fed Up” on Saturday, October 18, 2014, and the public is invited to attend. The screening will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Paragon Village 12, located at 51 Towne Centre Blvd. in Fredericksburg. The suggested donation for admission is $5 minimum. Those encouraged to attend this screening include parents, students, teachers, local school officials, and healthcare providers, among others.

“This is a documentary that you do not want to miss, especially if you have children or work with them,” explains Dr. Nimali Fernando, a pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project. “The movie exposes the problems with our food supply and how it is making our children so unhealthy. It is a must-see for every parent.”