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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.”

GED Practice Test Offered Free in February

From Prince William County Public Schools:

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

The following information was sent to us by Brie Hall:


Dozens of events have been planned by schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 6, 2012. This annual celebration highlights the contributions of Catholic schools through Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large. The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 98 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 30,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Students Earn Spots in District Jazz Band

From ACPS:

Congratulations to the nine T.C. Williams High School band members selected to the District Ten Jazz Band: Bobby Warden, Garrett Youmans, Duncan Forrester, Denny Okudinani, Stephen Olmstead, Jonathan Forbes, David Salmons, Maria Jones and Kevin Bueno. Nick Braun and George Waskowicz are alternates. After rehearsals Jan. 26 through 28, the group will present a public performance at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Ainslie Arts Center at Episcopal High School, 1200 North Quaker Lane, Alexandria. For more information, contact T.C. Williams Jazz Director Doug Rogers at douglas.rogers@acps.k12.va.us.

Special Education Workshops at Alexandria City Public Schools

From ACPS:

Alexandria Public Schools 2 Hour Delay

Due to inclement weather, all Alexandria City Public Schools will have a two-hour delayed opening on Monday, January 23.


Hammond Avid Collects Auction Donations

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

The Francis C. Hammond Middle School Campus Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program is collecting donations for an AVID Silent Auction fundraiser to be held online from March 12-23. The deadline for contributing auction items is Feb. 24. The silent auction will consist of items, gift baskets, gifts, gift certificates, hotel stays and/or other goods or services that can be auctioned off to the highest bidder. All funds received from this online auction will be used to support AVID students and the AVID program. For additional information, please call AVID Teacher Hazel Petty at 703-461-4100.