Health & Fitness

08/18/2017 - 9:12am
Healthy white teeth may look great on your dog or cat, but good dental health is also essential for overall quality of life and body health. Good oral hygiene will help to prevent periodontal disease and associated systemic illness such as infection, chronic pain, behavior changes, difficulty eating, and even long-term microscopic changes to organs such as the heart and liver. Eyes may be the window to the soul, but teeth are the portal to many organ systems.  How Dental Disease Develops... >>more
08/18/2017 - 8:12am
Dr. Natalie Boulware has a special gift. She can take a person’s birthdate and, using mathematics, discern unique and positive characteristics of her client which can help that person begin to answer the ‘why’ questions of life. Dr. Boulware practices numerology, the study of a number’s symbolism. The practice is used to determine an individual’s personality, talents, strengths, inner needs, obstacles, ways of dealing with others and emotional interactions. “... >>more
08/17/2017 - 9:12am
The American College of Sports Medicine has ranked DC one of the fittest cities in the nation. But this year, after holding the title for three years, DC was edged out of first place by Minneapolis. The ranking takes into account rates of smoking and cardiovascular disease deaths, consumption of fruits and vegetables, per capita expenditures for parks, and reported physical activities. Our score isn’t because of the influx of summer interns who hit the gyms, pools, and softball fields. It... >>more
07/19/2017 - 8:12am
This summer, coaches from Atlas Fitness on Capitol Hill are teaming up with DC Public Schools (DCPS) to help kids become more fit, motivated, and nutritionally educated. Atlas’s LEAD program – Leaders in Education and Athletic Development – receives grants from the DC Justice Grant Administration (a part of the Office of Victim Services) to work with Ballou High School, five days a week, to help prevent and/or reduce violence. Atlas is also working with Kelly Miller Middle... >>more
07/18/2017 - 9:21am
The number of folks interested in hiking and biking the Anacostia keeps growing. As does the number of people asking me the best places to go and how to get there. So, I decided to dedicate this summer article to just those issues. Let’s look first at some of the most interesting places to hike close by, and then go farther afield. After that, let’s shift to biking trails. Remember, you can take your bike on Metro at no additional cost up to 7 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,... >>more
06/16/2017 - 10:12am
“And please remember to bring a fecal sample.” Whenever a client schedules a wellness or sick pet visit, our front staff requests they bring a fresh stool sample. We are not fascinated by your pet’s poop, per se, but are concerned about your pet’s well-being and the potential for transmission of parasites to people. That being said, we are routinely amused by the containers in which people bring us their sample.  What do we look for in a fecal sample? Mainly... >>more
06/16/2017 - 9:03am
There’s no lack of choice when it comes to exercising on the Hill. Big box gyms offer variety, but can be intimidating. Small boutique studios offer comfort and intimacy, but your exercise routine may be limited by the lack of class choices. Two new fitness studios have created very different ways to work out, yet have designed programs similar in concept – work hard at your own unique pace, be safe and have fun. They focus on variety, intensity and individual coaching within a... >>more
06/16/2017 - 8:12am
Interested in a workout location that offers a balance of exercise, nourishment, and connection? The community at Barre3 Union Station is built on these three pillars, nourishing the whole body while maintaining balance day in and day out. Upon walking into the clean, crisp studio space, I was greeted with welcoming and friendly smiles by the front-desk personnel, instructors, and classmates. Having never engaged in a Barre3 class, I was taking on something new and different from my regular... >>more
05/20/2017 - 9:22am
On two mornings a month this spring, a group of seven has gotten together in the home of Patrick McClintock and Marilyn Goldberg to talk about what sadness, heartache, or sorrow they feel is keeping them from living life to the fullest. “It’s a safe, nonjudgmental place where you can unpack all your grief and loss,” explained McClintock. He and his wife Marilyn are holding the first living-room healing circle on the Hill. “I am amazed at how therapeutic it is to be able... >>more