Friday, May 20 is Bike to Work Day. Thousands of area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work! Register by the end of the day May 13 to receive your free Bike to Work Day t-shirt at work with pride. Help the Washington region become a better place to ride. Bike to Work Day is a free event and open to all area commuters. There will be a raffle prizes, food, drink and more at all pit stops throughout the region.
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Yoga enthusiasts are urging their fellow Washingtonians to join them in taking a deep breath and getting a healthy mental and physical release during DC Yoga Week 2011. The week kicks off Sunday May 15 with free yoga classes on the National Mall from 1:30pm – 4:30pm. May 15 through May 21 DC area yoga studios will offer free and reduced price classes. View a schedule of classes here.
Anna Deveare Smith has brought her magical gift of storytelling to Arena Stage with her new one woman play, Let Me Down Easy. Directed by Leonard Foglia the production moves well and the stories woven together by Smith are moving. In the city where the battle over health care reform took place, and now the battle to repeal the groundbreaking legislation wages on, it speaks to the souls of the audience. The production runs through February 13 and has a number of engaging talk backs scheduled. While the play is called Let Me Down Easy, the content is thought provoking and lifts you up.
Fall is approaching very quickly and with that is the fall 2010 DC Spa Week. Be sure to book early to ensure that you can get the appointment and treatment that you want. A number of DC area spas will offer select treatments during the week for $50. DC Spa Week is October 11 -17.
Washington, DC is arguably one of the best cities on earth to live in. It can also at times feel like the most stressful city on earth. Finding the right balance between climbing the career ladder, managing personal relationships with friends and families, and keeping yourself engaged in the social and political scene can take a lot out of you. So to maintain good health and your own sense of substance & style you have to put just as much back in to you. An affordable and easily accessible option to help give your mind and body the break and boost it needs is an array of cost friendly massages offered at Lunar Massage. Their wonderful includes massages for the body, “the crackberry massage” and even a nap/massage combo. Take some time to take care of you. Enjoy!
According to a report issued earlier this year by the DC Department of Health as many as 3% of District residents are living with HIV/AIDS. This estimated number far surpasses those of some West African countries. A harrowing thought that the capital city of the United States, the richest nation in the world is also a place with an epidemic level of HIV infections in all but one of its eight wards.
The report underscored that their continues to be an increase in heterosexual transmission, black men still have the highest rate of infection in the city and that the HIV/AIDS population is getting older. Nearly 1 in 10 infected persons are between the ages of 40 and 49. While there is no cure for HIV/AIDS treatments to manage living with the virus have advanced greatly over the last several years.
June 27 is National HIV/AIDS Testing Day and all are encouraged to get tested. Knowing your status is the first step in maintaining a healthy life. Free testing is taking place throughout the District. Learn where you can get tested here.
Washington is a place where most young professionals work hard and play even harder. As important as it is to maintain that balance, so also is the significance of maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit balance. When Monica McCollin graduated from George Washington University several years ago she took a not so unusual job track on Capitol Hill. Her days were filled with policy briefings, her nights with networking and very little time for herself. Eventually it took a toll on her body. Fatigued and facing health concerns she tried conventional medicine and coupled it with herbal medicine.
She discovered the positive effects of herbal medicine on physical, mental and spiritual health and felt whole. Herbal medicine has existed for centuries and increasingly the practice is being looked to as an effective and at times healthier compliment to traditional modern medicine. Professional clinical herbalists work with individuals to realize optimal health through the use of natures’ medicine administered in custom tea blends, alcohol based herbal formulas (tinctures), and capsules, as well as vitamins and supplements, along with nutrition and lifestyle management tips.
So enriched by her experience she left the Hill to pursue her master’s of science at the Tai Sophia Institute in Herbal Medicine. The program provided a solid understanding of the philosophy, theory, and practice of western clinical herbalism for the support and maintenance of health and well-being. Dubbed as the Holistic Urbanite she now helps others set and achieve their wellness goals. Learn more about Monica and her services here.