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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.”

Dark Chocolate: For A Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day!

Dark Chocolate: For A Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day!

McLean, VA - February 9, 2012 – Good news!  Giving your sweetheart a gift of dark chocolate on Valentine's Day is not only romantic, it's also heart-healthy!

According to Dr. Gary Kaplan, director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, “The research is clear: dark chocolate is chock-full of antioxidants that fight dangerous 'free radicals' in your body, and it also provides significant protection against cardiovascular disease."

The term “free radicals” refers to atoms that are missing electrons. These impaired atoms can interfere with the proper functioning of the cell membrane or DNA, and thus open the door to aging, cancer, and other diseases.  Antioxidants, which are mostly supplied to the body through diet, can safely "defuse" free radicals.

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.

Giving the Gift of Craft During these Tough Economic Times…

Giving the Gift of Craft During these Tough Economic Times…

Tis’ the season to be giving, right?  But what if you cannot afford to give monetarily, like a group of nursing students from Global Health College that are struggling to afford an education?   Spreading the gift of health during this holiday season is what this group of nursing students decided to do. 

On December 15th, the students from Global Health College (GHC) demonstrated some of their basic clinical skills, distributed canned goods and coats to a local homeless shelter in Alexandria that they were busy collecting in between their studies and clinics for months prior.

Drug Related Emergencies Continue to Rise; Most Can Be Prevented!

Drug Related Emergencies Continue to Rise; Most Can Be Prevented!

McLean, VA - December 20, 2011 – Are you fully aware of the risks of your medications? A recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that improved management of many commonly used drugs can reduce the number of hospitalizations of older adults due to unintentional overdoses.

This study revealed that four commonly used drugs, namely: Warfarin (Coumadin), Insulin injections, Oral anti-platelet injections (including aspirin) and Oral hypoglycemic agents (oral diabetes medications) cause two-thirds of the drug-related emergency hospitalizations in older adults (age 65 and above). And fully two-thirds of these drug-related hospitalizations are due to unintentional overdoses. By contrast, only about one percent of these hospitalizations are caused by "high-risk" medications, such as narcotics, amphetamines, barbiturates, and antihistamines.

Feel a Cold Coming On? Have an IV.

Feel a Cold Coming On? Have an IV.

McLean, VA – December 15, 2011 Vitamin and Magnesium Intravenous Infusions (IVs) can provide a quick and vigorous boost to your immune system, enhancing your body's ability to heal itself and maintain its optimal level of health. Dr. Gary Kaplan, DO, founder and director of The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in Mclean, VA, says, “I prescribe Vitamin and Magnesium IVs for a variety of reasons, one of which is to help shorten the duration of acute illnesses, such as colds and flu.” Oral supplements do not always work, as some people are not able to absorb these vitamins. IV’s on the other hand deliver important nutrients, such as Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and B Vitamins, directly where they are needed most: your cells.

In addition to helping to boost your immune system during the cold & flu season, Vitamin IVs can: