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Depression Screening for Older Adults

Depression Screening for Older Adults

From Fairfax County:

Do you ever wonder if you might have bouts of sadness that are especially hard to get over?  Do your family members worry about you and tell you that you might be depressed?  You probably know that everyone experiences sadness in life, disappointments, and the grief that accompanies the loss of a loved one, but depression is different.  People who are sad can generally continue their daily routines and activities.  But serious depression is a medical illness that interferes with a person’s ability to function as they normally do. 

Walmart Announces Major Initiative to Make Healthier Food More Affordable

Walmart Announces Major Initiative to Make Healthier Food More Affordable

Walmart is launching a major initiative that could potentially change the food industry as a whole. Their goal is to provide customers with healthier, affordable options. First Lady Michelle Obama joined Walmart executives today as they unveiled their plans to help people save money, and moreover, allow people to live healthier lives.

“To say I am excited is an understatement,” said the First Lady. Walmart’s new initiative is aligned with Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign that launched about a year ago. “This new nutritional charter has the potential to change the way our kids eat,” she explained.  

While the timeline to roll out the program in its entirety is 5 years, Walmart has already begun to establish relationships in niche communities. Right here in Alexandria, Walmart has set up partnerships with local farmers to lower distribution costs and help sustain local farms.

Foundation Fighting Blindness to Honor Wes Bush & Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez at NoVA Dining in the Dark

Foundation Fighting Blindness to Honor Wes Bush & Dr. Ignacio Rodriguez at NoVA Dining in the Dark

U.S. Reps. Jim Moran and Pete Sessions are Honorary Co-Chairs for Unique Dining Event

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

 

Alexandria Elementary School Receives USDA Award

The following was sent to us from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Mid-Atlantic Region:

Alexandria, Virginia November 8, 2010 – Today Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan will present the HealthierUS School Challenge Gold Award to Cora Kelly School in Alexandria, Virginia.  A dynamic multicultural elementary school, Cora Kelly boasts a student population that is 46% Hispanic, and serves as a magnet school for programs in math, science and technology. 

USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary school nutrition and wellness initiative for schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. To be recognized, schools must meet criteria for nutrition, nutrition education, and physical activity established by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, which, in turn, recognizes them with Gold of Distinction, Gold, Silver, or Bronze status.

Redskins baby Zoie's first trip to the dentist

A dental visit at an early age is a “well baby checkup” for the teeth. 

Redskins linebacker, Lorenzo Alexander, brought in his daughter Zoie to show parents how to care for their children’s teeth.  Teaching children good dental habits at a young age reduces the fear of going to the dentist and creates a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Two NoVA Cancer Non-Profits Will Represent Washington, D.C., at Academy Awards of Philanthropy

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation (TBKF) has won the distinction of being named Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.,  by StayClassy. TBKF now moves onto the national round in California to compete with charities from seven other U.S. cities for the Classy Award and title of National Charity of the Year.

The Classy Awards are sponsored by StayClassy.org, an innovative outlet for non-profit organizations. The awards recognize the philanthropic work of charitable foundations, businesses, and individuals.  Awards are given in one of ten categories including Charity of the Year, Small Charity of the Year, and Most Creative Awareness Campaign.  The Charity of the Year winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while other winners will receive $10,000. Presented in downtown San Diego on November 7, the Classy Awards are the Academy Awards of philanthropy.

TBKF went up against 10 other Washington, D.C. based charities in the first round of online voting. First round voting took place from October 9 through October 22. The final stage of voting is happening now and will continue through November 5.

Lisa Millar, founder of TBKF, said, “We are so honored to represent the brain tumor and cancer community and to be able to increase much needed awareness. We are fighting for everyone touched by cancer and for all the angels taken too soon.”

DC Candlelighters, an organization for childhood cancer awareness and support was also awarded Small Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.  The DC Candlelighters an all-volunteer charity that supports families of children fighting cancer and was started by families whose own children had been diagnosed with cancer. 

TBKF was born out of love, by Lisa Millar, for her 29-year-old brother who died from a brain tumor and for her need to avenge the disease that took him. TBKF co-founded a national branding and unification movement to join all those working towards a cure for brain tumors. Over 71 non-profits have united under the Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade campaign. TBKF, along with its many D.C. Metro events, including their Kids Helping Kids event for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, is developing a new project that will motivate and guide members of communities to join together and do their part to help put an end to all cancer.

Both The Brad Kaminksy Foundation and DC Candlelighters are founded by women whose personal lives have been impacted by cancer.  These charities are informing and motivating our communities to get involved and raise awareness to beat cancer.