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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.”

Special Education Workshops at Alexandria City Public Schools

From ACPS:

OCCASIONALLY CAKE OFFERS VALENTINE DAY TREATS and SUPPORTS AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

OCCASIONALLY CAKE OFFERS VALENTINE DAY TREATS and SUPPORTS AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. is now taking orders for Valentine’s Day treats through Feb. 11 for pick-up on Tues., Feb. 14, ranging in price from $15 to $35. In honor of American Heart Month in February, the cake shop is supporting the American Heart Association. When customers where red on Fri., Feb. 3 or Fri., Feb. 10, they receive a free cupcake and 10 percent of their purchase goes to the American Heart Association. For more information, go to www.occasionallycake.com or call 703.780.CAKE.

“Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays, when we create that special, sweet treat for a loved one,” said Sabrina Campbell, owner of Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. “This year, we’re honoring so many of our loved ones who are affected by heart disease by supporting the American Heart Association…so don’t forget to wear red on the first two Fridays of February,” said Campbell.

ACPS Recruiting Starts for Students in Grades Six through Nine

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program is beginning the recruitment process to include new potential AVID students in grades six through nine. January through March, parent information sessions and student recruitment happenings will take place to better inform those interested. Potential students are required to complete the application packet. If chosen, students will participate in interviews with the AVID Site Team. Acceptance letters will be sent late in March. Students who qualify must meet one or more of the following criteria:

Save the Date for Meeting about Concussions

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

“A Parent's Guide to Concussion in Sports” meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, in the auditorium at the main campus of T.C. Williams High School, 3330 King St., Alexandria. For more information, please contact the T.C. Williams Athletic Department at 703-824-6860.

Kids Connect with Nature at Winter Break Camps

Kids Connect with Nature at Winter Break Camps

From Fairfax County:

Kids may never admit it, but the winter break from school can get boring after a while. Parents looking for an activity to engage their restless children should consider a winter camp at Riverbend Park. Located along the Potomac River, the wooded park is offering three naturalistled camps for children to connect with the natural world. Each six-hour camp shares the wonders of nature through hands-on experiences, games, and activities.