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Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe––

STEMFest

If you are looking to participate in some great activities and you like fun events for the entire family, free parking, and free food then this is the event for you.  Come out to the Manassas Campus NOVA for STEMFest on Saturday, April 25th from 10 a.m. –3 p.m. The location of this grand event is at NOVA,  Manassas Campus, 6901 Sudley road, Manassas VA 20109. This Free event invites you to explore the exciting world of STEM; some of the activities will include:

  • 3D Printing
  • DNA Activities
  • Robotics
  • Live Music
  • Treasure hunt
  • and more…

There is also a chance to win a Tablet…and much more when you come to the STEMFest! It is important to point out that all lab activities require long pants, closed shoes and shoulders to be covered. No shorts, sandals or tank tops are permitted inside the labs.

Come join us at NOVA on April 25 to explore!

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We all know how important it is to be in good health and maintain a healthy level of fitness, but how can you inspire others to follow you, how can you become a role model for others?  In Phoenix, Arizona,  two teachers did just that for their students – and successfully. They inspired them to reach their fitness goals and gave them that push –when they needed it– to meet their goals. With guidance and motivation, some 200 middle school students ran a half marathon this past February, 2015. Read the rest of the article here.

PR newswire caught wind of another motivator, Stryd, as they announced this March 2015, “the first wearable device to measure running power, through a crowd funding campaign.” Runners and coaches can’t wait to get their hands on this new Kickstarter funded product. It was created by engineers of Princeton, “and backed by some of the biggest names in endurance sports, Stryd gives runners a way to accurately measure run intensity across varied terrain using the sports watches and mobile devices they already use to train and, as a result, it unlock ways for runners to improve running efficiency.” Read more of this article here.

Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe

This was the first time that a young boy named Colby had ever seen snow. Can you remember the first time you played in the snow? It was probably something like the video above; exciting, scary, and above everything else fun – and bit tiring too! These last few snow falls have given us that beautifully fluffy, white winter that people call “winter wonderland”.  A plethora of social media sites were filled with pictures and videos of people loving the snow – making the best out of the “snowmageddon” situations – and some not so much.  After all, some of the days had been so cold that the feeling in your toes were almost nonexistent. So, to prevent freezing extremities – on your feet and your pet’s paws as well –  and disliking the season, we here at Bull Run Foot and Ankle Clinic put together a great checklist on how to enjoy yourself in the “winter wonderland”.

Here are some essentials:

1.) Thermos Hot cocoa – a definite must if you are venturing out in the snow. It helps to warm you from the inside out and it tastes great too!

2.) Hand and feet warmers – sometimes your toes (and hands) need a little extra help from you in order to maintain warmth.

3.) Shoes – now we can all use more shoes, but the proper shoes for this winter weather are waterproof and made for this season (typically boots).

4.) Socks – an obvious fact, but wool socks work best for these winter days.

5.) Equipment – having the tools that make this weather so much more enjoyable, i.e., sled, skis, inner-tube, and a snowboard.

Pets’ checklist

1.) Fleeced lined jackets – if your pet needs it

2.) Paw protection – rock salt can potentially cause harm to their paws; they make winter protection boots for pets too!

So, now that you know what the essentials are, go out and enjoy the season with your friends or your pets!

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Keep on moving, winter is coming.  Outdoor fun things to do are plentiful this time of year.  Staying active will help your health.

5 fun ways to stay active in autumn

 

1. Dust off the rake and start a leaf pile.

When the pile is huge, jump!  If you have no leaves at home and just want to play around, go to a park and bring your rake.  Roll in them, throw them, bury yourself in them — you will feel like a kid again.  And if you have kids, let them cover you in the multi-colored foliage, it will be a blast.

2. Start a fall nature collection.

Acorns, twigs, walnuts, pine cones and leaves are just a few textured items to collect on a fall walk.  A pond edge speckled with maples, oak and willow leaf shapes is a perfect place to add items to your collection. Press them in a thick book to save as a treasure.

3. Visit a petting farm.

Not only will the hungry ducks surround you for a treat, the small farm animals will love the attention.  Pull the kids in a wagon for an extra workout.

4. Hike to a pumpkin patch.

The best choice of jack-o-lanterns are found in a farm field. Wear sturdy shoes and follow a path to the display in the hay.  The bigger, the heavier, so lift with your legs, not your back.  Grab a tractor hay ride on the way back for relaxing fun.

5. Carve your pumpkin.

Check out some cool carvings online and make your pumpkin a masterpiece.  Or let the kids draw their own unique face on their pumpkin, but save the cutting to the adults.  Carry them to your front step and take a stroll through your neighborhood to compare and enjoy the Halloween happenings.

Share your favorite autumn activity — or how about your favorite pumpkin design?

Vacations are over! Back to school! Looking back at a whirlwind summer of fun, activities and shared experiences with family and friends. Staying healthy with swimming, hiking, crabbing, golfing, fishing and laughing with each other is the best way to spend the summer!

Fall season is right around the corner! What was your favorite summer fling?

Summer Farewell Follies

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Kids do the craziest things — especially when spring hits.  Running, jumping, kicking, splashing, and sliding are all part of a kid’s daily routine when the sunshine lights up their spirit.  When they are not on the move, it is a good idea to pay attention to the growing spurts of their feet.

This month the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is offering a wealth of information to educate parents about their child’s foot health.  Videos, shopping tips and social media links will point them in the right direction for education and tips for keeping their kid’s feet happy and healthy.

An APMA Pinterest board is worth a look.  It showcases approved APMA products and information for children’s podiatric needs.


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