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How to Avoid Airport Germs While Traveling

How to Avoid Airport Germs While Traveling

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 1 billion people who travel by commercial aircraft in the world each year. That number is expected to double within the next 20 years. While air travel may get us where we need to go at a faster pace, it can also wreak havoc on our bodies, with healthy travelers picking up germs that make them sick in the days that follow their flight.

“As we make our way through the airport and sit on the plane, we just don’t usually think about all of the germs that are there,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of travel wellness company Savvy Travelers. “The problem is that they are all over the place and some of them will ruin your travel plans if you come in contact with them.”

Senior Citizens Group Helps Hundreds of Military Veterans Through Donation

Senior Citizens Group Helps Hundreds of Military Veterans Through Donation

Two decades ago, a small group of Loudoun County senior citizens saw the need for a dedicated multi-purpose senior center to benefit the entire Loudoun community to encourage healthy aging of the county’s older population. The Friends of The Senior Center at Cascades (FSCC) was formed and they began by educating the County Board of Supervisors of their vision. Focusing on fundraising efforts and countless volunteer hours, the FSCC was able to give seniors a place to remain active and feel connected.

Now, with the retirement of the FSCC’s president Olga Ricciardi, the Board’s wish is that their remaining funds be donated to help military veterans and their families. The all-volunteer board voted unanimously to donate $150,000 to Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, where the money will be used to help the country’s combat veterans heal and recover from the aftermath of war.

Do you know what’s in your toothpaste? Why you should!

Do you know what’s in your toothpaste? Why you should!

Each year, consumers spend around $20 billion on cosmetic and personal care items, with many of those purchases going to oral hygiene products. After all, we are a nation of people who strive to brush our teeth at least twice per day, floss daily, and use mouthwash. What we use to do this task is often something we don’t give a lot of thought to, but it can actually make a big difference when it comes down to the ingredients in the products.

“There are so many choices today that people often don’t know what to look for,” explains Dr. Bruno Sharp, a fourth-generation dentist who created a line of natural oral care products called Dr. Sharp Dentistry. “Plus, manufacturers can be clever in making it look like their products are a great choice, when really they contain harmful chemicals. The best way for consumers to keep them and their family healthy is to learn all they can so they can make informed choices when choosing products.”

5 Healthy Travel Trends for the New Year

5 Healthy Travel Trends for the New Year

The New Year is a time when people announce resolutions and work to create new habits. However, out of the 45 percent of the population that is estimated to make them, only around 8 percent actually achieve them. Even within the business travel world, there are plenty of resolutions and trends that people will set, as they make their way around the country and world in the name of business. There are some emerging trends for the New Year that will help keep travelers healthy as well as happy.

“Anytime we can maintain healthy habits while traveling, we are doing great,” explains Jayne McAllister, of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness. “Traveling can be demanding for anyone who is even remotely health conscious, but times are changing as indicated by exciting new trends that facilitate keeping a healthy mind and body on the road.”

Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Joins Boulder Crest Retreat for Military & Veteran Wellness

Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Joins Boulder Crest Retreat for Military & Veteran Wellness

Chuck Hagel served as the 24th Secretary of Defense, being in office from February 2013 - February 2015, and also served two terms in the U.S. Senate. Now, he’s taking on a new role in continuing to defend our country and protect our principals, by focusing on the country’s military veterans. Boulder Crest Retreat for Military Veteran Wellness announces that Chuck Hagel has joined the honorary advisory board.

New Book Offers Insider Tips and Tricks to Help Frequent Travelers Stay Healthy and Happy

New Book Offers Insider Tips and Tricks to Help Frequent Travelers Stay Healthy and Happy

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Americans make more than 405 million long-distance trips per year. This means that millions of people are often away from their routine, including making their diet and exercise a priority. The good news is there are things that one can do to stay healthy, even while doing a lot of traveling.

“If you don’t take measures to say healthy and balanced while being a frequent traveler it can really take its toll on you,” explains Jayne McAllister, of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness. “It’s important to learn how to navigate the traveler’s landscape so that you continue to feel great and can keep up with all of the demands.”

McAlister shares her insider tips and tricks for doing just that in her new book, titled

Holiday Travel Tips Everyone Should Know

Holiday Travel Tips Everyone Should Know

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the holiday season surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day tends to be one of the busiest times of the year for traveling. In fact, travel during that time of the year increases 23 percent, compared to the rest of the year. As many people take to the highways and skies, there are some tips they should keep in mind in order to help keep them safer and healthier along the way. 

“It’s a big mistake to just pack and go and not put much thought into your travel wellness,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of travel wellness company, Savvy Travelers. “You want to make sure that you pack smart, keep toiletries simple, and be safe and healthy and try to avoid getting sick. That’s the best way to get the most out of your traveling and enjoy it more.”