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By: Trilogy at Lake Frederick

May 31, 2018

Go inside the premier 55+ active-adult community just 90 minutes from the nation’s capital

LAKE FREDERICK, VA. -Potential homebuyers can now take a virtual tour of homes at Trilogy® at Lake Frederick, an exclusive and upscale 55+ active lifestyle resort community in Northern Virginia just 90 minutes from Washington, D.C.

“Photos are always helpful to see what individual rooms look like, but this new online tour really gives you a much better sense of what it’s like to move through the house,” said Jason King, general manager of Shea Homes, the parent company of Trilogy. “That’s especially true for a home like the Nice, which is built around a wide foyer hall leading into an open-area great room.”

A new high-definition online video on the Trilogy website allows viewers to see inside the Nice plan, a 2,058-square-foot home with an open-concept design ideal for adults who enjoy entertaining friends and hosting family.

The Nice design includes a gourmet kitchen designed in consultation with a professional chef, a covered patio, rooms that can be used as a den or home office and a spacious two-car garage, among other details.

Outside the home, Trilogy at Lake Frederick also offers a number of amenities, including the Shenandoah Lodge & Athletic Club, a 36,000-square-foot facility; Region’s 117, a farm-to-table restaurant that was named by OpenTable last year as one of the 100 best brunch spots and 100 most scenic restaurants in America; and more.

“The virtual tour is helpful, but the one thing it can’t show you is the breathtaking views you get on all sides here,” added King. “The best way to learn about Trilogy at Lake Frederick will always be to come out here and see for yourself.”

To take a virtual tour of the Nice, one of Trilogy at Lake Frederick’s model homes, click here: https://www.gotourhd.com/trilogy168

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About Trilogy® Active Lifestyle Communities

Trilogy® communities are resort style communities offering a new choice in living to those looking for an exciting lifestyle that centers around health and wellness, exploration and continued learning, and close personal connections with new and existing friends. Architecturally desirable product design and amenities reflect the changing needs of today’s sophisticated consumer, including dynamic food and beverage programs, world-class clubs, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and a diverse range of recreation and education opportunities. More information is available by visiting TrilogyLife.com or calling 888-694-9478.

About Shea Homes®

Shea Homes is one of the largest private homebuilders in the nation. Since its founding in 1968, Shea Homes has built more than 100,000 homes. Over the past several years, Shea Homes has been recognized as a leader in customer satisfaction with a reputation for design, quality and customer service. Shea Homes builds new homes in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Texas. For more information about Shea Homes and its communities, please visit the company’s websites at www.SheaHomes.comand http://www.trilogylife.com.

Global Bhagavad Gita Convention (GBGC) will showcase Gita’s road-map to accomplish personal and universal well-being through uplifting and insightful presentations by a distinguished group of speakers including professionals, scholars, leaders, and thinkers, who will share with us Gita’s timeless wisdom with practical perspectives. The convention promises to be an enlightening and transformative event.

The global dialog on Bhagavad Gita is being convened as part of a long-term effort under the inspirational guidance of Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha, a renowned Spiritual Master from India. ​Through a series of global dialog, Center for Inner Resources Development – North America (CIRD-NA) will present the message of Bhagavad Gita as a secular and historical text to all as a universal life manual.

This year’s convention will be held from September 15-16, 2018 (Saturday and Sunday), at Center for the Arts, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Admission to the convention is free.

Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Indian text that documents the dialog between two great warriors, Krishna, the teacher and Arjuna, the student. For the past several millennia people from all walks of life have discovered practical spiritual wisdom in Gita to empower their lives. The knowledge in Gita provides a deep understanding of human nature enabling one to live and interact in the world with expansion, ease, and fulfillment.

The convention will provide an opportunity to participants to understand the spiritual truth at a personal level and the practical application of the Bhagavad Gita message. Attendees from every walk of life will discover how spiritual wisdom enriches and empowers their inner personality, enabling them to assimilate various impacts from the world and thereby feel a sense of inner expansion and elevation.

“The convention will offer a platform for learning, knowledge exchange and collaboration and will aim to positively impact personal and social welfare.”

According to Pankaj Bhatia and Dr. Ravi Jandhyala, Program Convenors of 2018 GBGC.

Interested participants are encouraged to register early and confirm their participation by visiting The Global Bhagavad Gita Convention Website: http://www.globalgita.org.

By: Transurban

May 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2018 — A survey of more than 1,000 Washington, D.C., area drivers who travel the Interstate 395 corridor shows that motorists self-report engaging in a number of distractions while behind the wheel.

Following the survey findings, Transurban, operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, and the Virginia Department of Transportation announced today the launch of a 2018 “Orange Cones. No Phones.” campaign to reduce distracted driving within the 395 Express Lanes work zone.

“We focus on safety on the Express Lanes and in the 395 Express Lanes work zone every day,” said Jennifer Aument, president, North America, Transurban. “We need the help of drivers to create a safer work zone to ensure on-road construction crews and other travelers are getting where they need to go safely.”

The top three cellphone distractions reported among D.C. area motorists were using a phone to talk, checking GPS or travel planning, and reading a text message. Despite growing research that finds holding a conversation on a cellphone is still dangerously distracting*, more than half of area drivers report feeling unconcerned about using their phones to talk while behind the wheel. The “Orange Cones. No Phones.” campaign aims to improve safety by reducing distracted driving within the 395 Express Lanes work zone.

“In 2017, distracted driving accounted for almost 25 percent of traffic fatalities,” said Shannon Valentine, Virginia Secretary of Transportation. “In work zones alone, VDOT recorded 2,666 crashes resulting in 1,329 injuries and 12 fatalities. The lives lost were completely preventable. We must continue to engage the public about the dangers of distracted driving. The ‘Orange Cones. No Phones.’ campaign is an important component to help deliver safety on our roads and reduce incidents.”

The survey** conducted in March 2018 finds:

  • Nine out of 10 drivers say they have used a cellphone while driving.
  • One in five drivers who have had an accident or near accident claim it was due to cellphone use.
  • Nearly three out of four drivers say they keep their phone close when driving, and one in six have it in their hand.
  • Fifty-four percent of drivers admit to using a cellphone at least occasionally while driving.
  • One-third of drivers in the survey said the last time they used their phone while driving was “today.”
  • One-third of drivers feel “it’s OK” to use a cellphone while stopped at a red light, a stop sign or in traffic.
  • Compared to a similar survey of area drivers in 2014***, hands-free talking while driving increased by 14 percent, with 53 percent of drivers in March 2018 now admitting to doing it.
  • One in four people admit that using a cellphone for activities other than conversations while driving is “frightening.”
  • Seven out of 10 drivers say they stop cellphone use while driving after seeing a sign advising them to do so.
  • Seeing a police officer causes 78 percent of drivers to stop cellphone use while on the roads.

“As the first responders to many of these crashes, we understand the serious consequences of distracted driving,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police superintendent. “Safety is our number one concern, and we are pleased to support this program to educate and increase awareness with drivers across the region to help cut down on distracted driving.”

“With so many drivers on the roads around the Washington area admitting they are distracted while driving, there is a huge safety concern for everyone on the roads,” said John Townsend, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Holding a conversation is still a distraction, and our hope is that this program will help drivers become more aware of the dangers of distracted driving, especially around work zones on our highways, and take active steps to make better choices.”

Checking a cellphone or sending a text using voice commands at seemingly safe moments such as when there is a lull in traffic or the car is stopped at an intersection also has been found to be dangerous behavior. According to a Study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, these types of potentially unsafe mental distractions can affect motorists’ attention for as long as 27 seconds, which is equivalent to traveling the length of nearly three football fields at a speed of 25 miles per hour.

As part of the “Orange Cones. No Phones.” campaign, the partners are implementing a number of tactics supported by the study’s findings, industry data and best practices to improve safety for all drivers:

  • “Orange Cones. No Phones.” signs will be visible throughout the 395 Express Lanes construction corridor.
  • The Virginia State Police presence will be increased in the 395 corridor.
  • Advertisements will remind drivers to travel safely and not to drive while distracted.
  • Press throughout the region will be engaged to help increase awareness with drivers around this important safety message.

The 395 Express Lanes are scheduled to open in fall 2019. The Lanes will extend the 95 Express Lanes eight miles north to the D.C. line and help get people moving in the I-395 corridor. The Lanes will increase capacity by adding another HOV lane, creating three reversible lanes on I-395. As part of this project, Transurban will provide $15 million in transit funding per year to enable multimodal solutions in the corridor.

* https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/03/07/cell-phones-and-talking-passengers-both-lead-distracted-driving-12663

** The online survey of 1,003 Washington, D.C., area drivers who travel I-395 at least monthly was conducted by international market research firm YouGov between March 21 and March 28, 2018.

*** Online survey of 1,023 frequent I-95 drivers who live in Northern Virginia.

About the Express Lanes

The 495 and 95 Express Lanes operate on I-495 and I-95, providing drivers with faster and more predictable travel options in Northern Virginia. Together, the 495 and 95 Express Lanes create a region-wide network of free-flowing lanes for over 40 miles from the Dulles Toll Road to Stafford County. Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban, the Express Lanes give drivers reliable travel choices on two of Northern Virginia’s most congested roadways. For more information, please visit ExpressLanes.com.

About Transurban

For over twenty years, Transurban has improved the quality of life for customers by providing innovative solutions for their transportation needs. Transurban is a pioneer of the public-private partnership (P3) managed lanes concept in the United States. The North American business was among the first to implement major transportation infrastructures in the Virginia region. Our Express Lanes network features industry-leading tolling and traffic management systems on more than 40 miles of managed lanes across the 495 and 95 Express Lanes. Transurban was one of the first to use a number of innovative financing and technology strategies in the development of major toll road projects.

By: Tall Oaks Assisted Living

May 24, 2018

RESTON, Virginia – Tall Oaks Assisted Living celebrated its 30th anniversary on Thursday, May 3, 2018, with residents, families, team members, and special guests.

The evening began with a cocktail hour with live entertainment by Tall Oaks resident Fred Baumberger and Tall Oaks staff member Rodolfo Alfaro.

George Winters, executive director at Tall Oaks, gave a special welcome message and introduced the guest speakers, which included Mark Ingrao, president and CEO of the Reston Chamber of Commerce, and Maury Kitces, with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Bob and Mary Elyn McNichols, owners of the community’s management firm, spoke about their original goal of maintaining a family atmosphere within the walls of Tall Oaks.

They credit a decades-long commitment to family-focused care as the key to the community’s success. John Albert, former executive director of the property and current regional director for Tall Oaks’ management firm, reflected on his time at the community, sharing several touching and humorous stories.

Before departing for the evening, the Tall Oaks team recognized a few individuals who have become pillars in the community. The Founders Club Award was presented to long-time residents Margaret Darrin (resident since 2001) and Joyce Thomsen (resident since 1999).

The Employee Dedication award was presented to trusted and beloved staff member Margaret “Micki” Hamilton who has been improving the lives of residents and families at Tall Oaks since December 11, 1994.

The evening concluded with a heartfelt thank you from Executive Director George Winters to the team members and families who make the community such a wonderful place to live and work.

The mission of Tall Oaks Assisted Living is to enhance the quality of life for each resident through personalized attention and care. They believe in preserving dignity through personal choice, respect, and understanding in a comfortable and welcoming environment that brings joy and fulfillment for those who live and work there.

The team at Tall Oaks hopes to continue to serve seniors with quality assisted living, memory care, short-term respite care, and rehabilitation services for many more decades to come.

By: Ravel Dance Studio

May 10, 2018

The Ravel Dance Studio has moved to a state of the art 5,000 sq. foot space at the Spectrum Center near the Reston Town Center.

The schools will have classes during the summer with a grand opening in September of 2018. The school will continue to offer a high caliber of training in the art of ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, as well as creative dance classes for young dancers.

The Ravel Dance Studio will be performing, for the first time since moving, the enchanting ballet “Swan Lake” at the Center Stage at the Reston Community Center on Friday May 25 at 7:30 p.m and Saturday May 26 at 2:00 p.m. The Ravel Dance Studio is one of the only ballet schools in the area to produce such a challenging ballet since it requires 24 highly trained ballerinas to portray the roles of the entranced swans.

Tickets are on sale at the Center Stage box office.

Berthold Academy, a progressive Montessori micro-school located in Reston, VA, competed in the final round of the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition during the USA Science and Engineering Festival on Saturday, April 7 at the Washington Convention Center.

The school was awarded the Grace Hopper Award for having the highest level of female participation throughout the competition. Recently, professionals in the technology field have been looking for opportunities and incentives to attract more female involvement in the science and technology fields.

Grace Hopper, a United States Navy rear admiral, was one of the premier programmers of the Harvard Mark Computer and developer of compiler related tools. She helped to create and excite interest in machine-independent programming languages, such as the earliest versions of COBOL, a sophisticated programming language that is relevant even today. Hopper, much like Katherine Johnson, NASA human computer portrayed in the acclaimed film Hidden Figures, paved the way for both women and minorities to stake their claim in ground-breaking technological advancements in U.S. collective history, in the face of racist and sexist social mentalities.

Berthold Academy is dedicated to personalizing education using the Montessori pedagogical model to educate students at the elementary and secondary levels. Founder Rodney Berthold states, “Girls these days are so ready to be recognized as leaders in our society. They are tired of sitting back and allowing the males to assume traditional roles. I am very proud of our middle school girls. They all worked very hard over their Spring Break to attempt the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) challenges and they completed them. Within 72 hours from the start of the qualifying round, our girls had already completed all assigned missions. Over my professional experience, I have learned that females simply need the opportunities and encouragement to grab the proverbial bull by the horns, and they succeed amazingly. I’m honored that our small school ranked so highly in this competition, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it.”

Zachary Wong and Kacey Banga served as the student delegates at the final competition. When asked what skills were gained from the experience, Zachary stated, “This event taught us to efficiently engage and value our time management skills against a deadline. We had to quickly work together to solve difficult tasks.” Female delegate, Kacey Banga, added, “I learned that even if things seem like a stretch or impossible, it’s still achievable and you can reach your goal as long as you try your hardest.”

Berthold Academy is affiliated with The American Montessori Society. Berthold Academy, established in 2015, is locally owned and operated. The school campus, open year-round, serves the families of children 6 to 15 years of age. For more information on the Montessori Method and Berthold Academy visit www.bertholdacademy.com. Call the campus at 571-313-1709 or e-mail [email protected].

By: The O’Gorman Team

April 11, 2018

Reston, Virginia (April 10, 2018)

The O’Gorman Team has updated their website to highlight key information for anyone interested in buying or selling Reston real estate.

The O’Gorman Team has more than 30 years of experience in the Reston home market. They created a website that shares insights to help buyers and sellers optimize their experiences. “We love Reston and wanted to share our knowledge of the area through our web site. We want everyone to have a good home buying and selling experience,” said Margaret O’Gorman, real estate agent and life-long Reston resident.

The new website is easy to use from a desktop computer as well as on the fly with a smartphone. There are two complete Reston real estate guides, one for buyers and one for sellers.

Other helpful elements at boofie.com are:

  • Information about Reston neighborhoods, culture, amenities and more
  • Detailed current for sale listings, including locator maps
  • Ability to sign up for a free Market Update newsletter

Website visitors will get a sense of what makes Reston a special place.

The site’s many links allow it to serve as a gateway to learn all about the area. About The O’Gorman Team The O’Gorman Team specializes in helping people buy and sell homes in Reston, Virginia.

The team is led by Boofie & Margaret O’Gorman, who have lived in Reston for 30 years. The O’Gorman Team has been the #1 rated Reston Real Estate team for 15 years and voted the “Washingtonian Magazine’s Best of” for the last three years.

By: CapTech

March 7, 2018

RESTON, VA – March 7, 2018 – Give Me A Break From Cancer (GMABFC) has released a new modern website, www.gmabfc.org, with pro bono support from consultants in CapTech’s DC office. GMABFC is an entirely volunteer-based non-profit that offers young adults with cancer and their caregivers the chance to take a break and get away from treatment by providing localized, fun experiences. The new site features a modern design and improves user experience and engagement with volunteers, donors, fundraisers, and individuals requesting support.

GMABFC had a legacy website that was difficult to maintain and did not fully support the organization’s needs to grow and scale. Five CapTechers donated over 700-hours to understand the volunteer organization’s requirements and develop a modern digital presence that highlight stories from their beneficiaries, promote events, accept online donations, engage volunteers and sponsors, and integrate with social media.

“The modernized website will allow our volunteer team to become more scalable to support more breaks for more people,” said CapTecher and Give Me A Break board member, Brian Murray. “The CapTech team was very methodical, professional, and seamless in their ability to transform Give Me a Break’s vision and requirements into an easy to use website that will put the organization on the map.”

The modernized website will also allow Give Me A Break From Cancer to scale up and support those going through intense medical treatment, as well as their caregivers-all of whom deserve a much-needed break. To learn more about GMABFC or to get involved, visit the new website at www.gmabfc.org.

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About CapTech: CapTech (www.captechconsulting.com) is a national IT management consulting firm that bridges the gap between business and technology. We partner with some of the world’s most successful companies to design, develop, and manage technical and digital solutions that delight customers, drive insights, and meet strategic objectives. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CapTech has locations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus (Ohio), Denver, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

This holiday season, give the original gift that keeps giving: compassion. You can buy compassion at the 2017 Alternative Gift Market (AGM), where it is available in the form of gifts that assist fellow human beings with basic needs and self-sufficiency. What better way to honor those on your holiday list than by gifting compassion in their names?

More than 30 organizations will be represented at the AGM, offering pre-determined, one time contributions that fund specific activities or aspects of their programs. Examples include $50 for a night of shelter for a woman and two children, $25 for a month of health care coverage for an area child, $30 for warm winter clothing for a local resident, and $15 for school supplies for two Northern Virginia students.

Participating local organizations include Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter, Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith), Helping Hungry Kids, Kids R First, Medical Care for Children Partnership, Friends of Homeless Animals, Lift Me Up, Young Playwrights and OAR. Global organizations include Amazon Adopt-a-School Project, BEADS for Education, Global Camps Africa, and Heifer International Projects.

Alternative Gift Market Spokesperson Nancy Gordon-Brooks explains the buying process: “Each vendor will have a table at the market staffed by representatives who can explain the organization’s mission and the available gifts. Buyers can purchase gifts in honor of someone on their holiday gift lists or from themselves. Each gift is accompanied by a thank you card describing the purchase.”

The Alternative Gift Market and Craft Fair will take place December 2 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Unitarian Universalist Church of Reston, 1625 Wiehle Avenue, Reston VA. While organized and hosted by UUCR, this is a completely secular event. Details and a complete list of available gifts can be found at http://www.uureston.org/agm.

By: Academy of Christian Education

April 28, 2017

The Academy of Christian Education (ACE) Jr. LEGO League is honored to be attending the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Creature Craze LEGO World Festival Expo, part of the FIRST LEGO League Championship in St. Louis, Missouri this May. The ACE Jr. LEGO League produced a LEGO creation based on FIRST LEGO League criteria, which included sounds and motion, which they presented at the FIRST LEGO League Regional Expo at the Verizon Center in March.

Based on the quality of their presentation, the ACE Jr. LEGO League was invited to participate in the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Creature Craze LEGO World Festival Expo. The FIRST LEGO League Championship World Expo has over 30,000 attendees and 38 countries represented, with ACE being the only team from Virginia. The Academy of Christian Education is an academically advanced school in Reston for toddlers through elementary, with extended care options, including after school clubs such as the Jr. LEGO League.

By: Giving Circle of HOPE

April 19, 2017

Empty Bowls Fundraiser- 10th Anniversary
Friday, April 28, 2017
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171
Tickets: $25 for adults in advance/ $30 adults at the door/$15 for children under 12

For a small donation, guests receive a supper of soup, bread, beverage, and dessert, as well as a handmade pottery bowl to keep as a reminder that there are those in our community with empty bowls. Wonderful entertainment and a raffle with great prizes add fun to the evening.

All proceeds will be donated to Food for Others, the largest distributor of free food directly to the hungry in Northern Virginia.

For more information and to buy tickets online visit www.givingcircleofhope.org.

By: Reston Historic Trust

January 3, 2017

Beth DidianoThe Reston Historic Trust and Museum is pleased to announce the hiring of its first full-time executive director, Beth Didiano. Beth started work on January 3rd.

She comes to Reston from Pittsburgh, PA, where she was development manager at the Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to that, Beth was the Executive Director of the Greenbrier Historical Society and North House Museum in Lewisburg, West Virginia. As Executive Director, Beth was engaged in all aspects of running a historical society and house museum–from educational programs and tours, to marketing and fundraising, to preservation and construction projects.

Beth has a BA and MA in History with a concentration in Public History; her Masters is from West Virginia University in Morgantown. Beth’s broad range of museum, history, and organizational experience will contribute much to building the Reston Historic Trust over the coming years.

Shelley Mastran
Chair, Reston Historic Trust

By: CapTech

January 6, 2016

CapTecher mentors teens at Reston Computer ClubhouseRESTON, VA – January 6, 2016 – Consultants in the Reston office of CapTech have made a year-long commitment to the Reston Computer Clubhouse to provide mentoring and education around information technology and business processes. The Reston Computer Clubhouse has a mission of providing a creative and safe learning environment for local youth after school. Their goal is to build confidence through the use of technology. The Clubhouse provides technology and computer resources for teens that may not have access otherwise, as well as an environment of mentoring and leadership.

Thirteen consultants from CapTech are volunteering with a vision of helping teens learn about building a business as well as a mobile application. “Our goal was to align our classes with the interests of the students,” said Lily Lin from CapTech. “My parents were immigrants who arrived to the US without a penny to their name, so I find the Clubhouse, which focuses on low to moderate income communities, to be relatable on a personal level. All of the CapTech volunteers provide insights into the world of business, IT, and consulting that these kids may not otherwise have.”

Students are learning the different skills of a business analyst and consultant including defining project scope, requirements gathering, analytics and product lifecycles. “I am always impressed with the bright ideas and unique insights the kids contribute to our sessions,” said CapTech consultant Andreea Linte. “Many people don’t hear about IT consulting until college, so it’s exciting that we have the opportunity to introduce middle school aged kids to it.”

Located at the Reston Teen Center next to Reston Town Center, the Clubhouse provides more than just computer access to area middle school and high school youth. They have a sound room for creating and recording music and video and a program that combines basketball and technology. Additionally they provide tools for future success like help with job applications, public speaking and professional behavior. “The impact of CapTech has been huge,” said Ali Samey, the Manager of the Clubhouse. “The activities of building a company, marketing, and learning about consulting has been great exposure for the kids. They are using their minds in creative ways. I hope it will continue to improve getting more teens interested in our program.”

Students, parents and volunteers interested in getting involved with the Reston Computer Clubhouse can call 703-375-7020 or email ali.samey (at) fairfaxcounty.gov. “The more the community is involved with the Clubhouse, the better it is for the students,” said Samey.

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About CapTech: CapTech is a national management consulting firm that bridges the gap between business and technology. CapTech delivers transformation, customer engagement, data & analytics and custom IT solutions for private companies, public companies and government agencies. The company’s collaborative approach helps organizations grow their business, engage with customers and turn information into powerful data assets.

September 2, 2015

National Preparedness Month, which begins today, highlights hazard-focused themes leading up to the National PrepareAthon! Day on Wednesday, Sept. 30. During the month, FEMA and our emergency management office will be focusing on several specific hazards, encouraging us to be better prepared for them and offering suggestions on steps to take to be ready.

Over the course of the month, we’ll focus on flooding, hurricanes and power outages — all real events that can happen here and to any one of use at any time.

The overall theme for this year’s preparedness month is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

Throughout September, we encourage you to take part in preparedness activities and events, know what to do during an emergency and most importantly, make a plan. This means having an up-to-date contact list for those you may need to reach during a disaster and establishing alternate methods of communication in case traditional means are not available.

As we begin our focus on preparedness this month, one of the first steps you should take is to make an emergency plan. FEMA has emergency plan templates on its website that you can use. In addition, our emergency management office partnered with other emergency management agencies in Northern Virginia to create ReadyNOVA.org, a website where you can create your family emergency plan online, save it to your personal computer or mobile device and print it out and keep it with you so you’ll have it when you need it. And the ReadyNOVA site will not save any of your personal information.

We realize that there are special months, weeks and days celebrated and recognized every day of the year and that National Preparedness Month might get lost in all the advertising of other special months, like Eat Chicken Month, Happy Cat Month, National Honey Month, National Mushroom Month, Update Your Resume Month, National Coupon Month and Shameless Promotion Month.

However… and we recognize the fact that we’re a little biased… the importance of making an emergency plan to prepare yourself and your family in case of an emergency seems a tad bit more important than some of these other recognitions, although we do like honey, chicken, mushrooms and saving money with coupons.

So make your emergency plan today (if you have one, update it) and stay tuned throughout the month for more on being prepared for any emergency. And for you over achievers looking to do more, use the 30 ways in 30 days preparedness tips.

September 2, 2015

You haven’t even noticed but summer has nearly come to the end and trees are already losing leaves?

Only recently it was New Year and you enthusiastically and you made up a list of goals for the year. Did you dream to start running, eat right and be less nervous? Have you done it?

Not to worry, autumn is also a great time to start a new life. Here are 8 simple ways to start a healthy life now.

  1. Throw out your calendar

Forget about the goals and plans that you set for this year. They should not hang over you like a lump of unrealized intentions. Let’s now move on to the monthly plan. Big goals are achieved more easily when they are divided into several smaller, simpler problems. Strive each month to learn a new beneficial habit. For example, why not start practicing a half-hour walk home every day?

  1. Refresh relations

One psychological theory  argues that our mood, health and energy is directly dependent on the state of relations with relatives, colleagues, friends. If you can improve these key relationships, it will have instant therapeutic effect for you.

  1. Pass a medical examination

We all know that prevention is better than further treatment. Therefore, if you want to start a new healthy life, the first thing you need to take care of the medical examination. Otherwise, you may find that you favorite diet is holding you back, you heart is not ready for an intense workout in the gym, or the state of the musculoskeletal system suggests that it is too early to run. The websites https://www.hght.com/ and https://hghinjections.us/ can provide you with the necessary information on different medical issues. Use the help of professionals!

  1. Do not rush to tighten (not sure what this means)

The popular among athletes proverb says that “no pain no gain”, and at the posters we see exhausted sweaty faces of athletes. This leads to the fact that we are trying our best to look the same.

Relax and try to catch the fun. If your goal is not to win at the Olympics, you can quite afford to roller skate for pleasure, play tennis or just to walk in the park. Enjoy physical activity. See https://hghinjections.us/ and www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4eueDYPTIg

  1. Eat well

We all get hung up on diets and counting calories. Try a little bit to change the approach and try to eat the most colorful products. You know — carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, pepper and other colors. These bright fruit and vegetables contain phytonutrients, which are extremely useful for our body.

  1. Do not eat food from boxes

Cooking has changed over the last 50 years. Today, it is enough to put some packages in the microwave. As a result, we have weight problems, digestive tract diseases and high cholesterol. So why not start with a complete ban on all semi-finished products?

  1. Cleaning in the kitchen

Get rid of all the canned products immediately. They are harmful for several reasons.

  1. Train for 7 minutes

Exercising with a very high intensity with short breaks for rest can be used for virtually any type of physical activity: running, cycling, weight training and fitness. This allows us to achieve excellent training results in a very limited time. It is possible to start with seven-minute workout. Will you find seven minutes a day?

This press release was written and sponsored by Kingsberg Medical.

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