Healthy Foot Notes

Looking for a fun way to stay healthy? Look no further we have a list of places that will help you live a healthy lifestyle.

Hylton Performing Arts Center: enjoy a live show at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Prince William County Fair: This event is very anticipated because it is the largest fair in Virginia. The have a demolition derby, clown circus, monster trucks and other attractions.

Center for the Arts: Are you an art critique? Well even if you’re not, the Center for the Arts has beautiful artwork displayed that will certainly inspire you.

Manassas Museum: There is so much rich history in the Manassas Museum. Visit the Manassas Museum to enhance your knowledge on the beautiful City of Manassas.

Splash Down Waterpark: A perfect way to cool down in August — soak and float in the refreshing pool and lazy river.

Bowl America: The bowling alley is a perfect place for some friendly competition, even if it’s your first time bowling, give it a try —  it is easy to learn.

Manassas Battlefield Park: Have a picnic or host any outdoor activity at the Manassas Battlefield Park. The park is massive and rich in history.

Vertical Rock Climbing & Fitness Center: Enjoy a challenge? Then vertical climbing is for you. It is safe, but you can challenge yourself to reach higher and higher heights.

Magic Putting Place: The magic is all in your skills. It is perfect for families and friends looking for an affordable way to spend the day out.

Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center: The Freedom Center has so much to do. They have the biggest indoor pool in Northern Virginia, a racquetball room, small track, basketball court, volleyball court, weight lifting room, and a cardio room. They also have classes and trainers to help you make most out of your experience.

Jiffy Lube Live: There is always something live at Jiffy Lube. Artist such as Kanye West, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Toby Keith, Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band and Metallica have performed at Jiffy Lube Live. Check out their upcoming events to see which one you would like to attend.

Signal Hill Park: Signal Hill Park is the perfect place to take a walk or splash in their water park. They have walking trials around the park that are even perfect for a dog walk.

Sports Network and Fitness: If you are a fan of playing soccer or enjoy watching a game, then go to the Sports Network and Fitness in Manassas. They have an indoor turf field and even a section to play volleyball.

Harris Pavilion: There is always something going on at the Harris Pavilion such as live music, movie night, and more.

Click on the links to find out more!

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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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According to the Appalachian conservancy website, the Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

A tough and long trail that many have failed to complete –once, but a woman by the name of Emma Gatewood was the only person (in 1955) to have walked the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail not once but three times! In an excerpt of this amazing biography of Emma Gatewood, called Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story Of The Woman Who Saved The Appalachian Trail written by Ben Montgomery, we catch a glimpse of who Emma was, the power of walking, nature, and how the two merged two create a since of clarity for her on her hikes –at age 67!

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Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of “America, the Beautiful” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.”

The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers [and hikers] of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. Even those who know of Gatewood don’t know the full story—a story of triumph from pain, rebellion from brutality, hope from suffering. This was a quote from Ben Montgomery.

This book is the Winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography, and definitely worth a glance in our book!

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Contributing Writer: Carmen Thorpe

Now that we have officially crossed over from winter to spring it is time to get out of the house and go outside for some much needed fresh spring air. What better way to accomplish this task –and help out a cause– then to run/walk in a race? Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like to run alongside a super hero? You don’t have to wonder anymore! You can sign up for one of these great races listed below. Some of them are super hero themed and some are more focused on just getting you up and active. Whichever you choose to run or walk in will surely be a good time!  So take a look at the sites and click on the video link to see all the fun that is to be had this April and May of 2015.

A great opportunity to race comes from Crystal City; which has an event for the month of April called the Crystal City 5k Fridays and is sponsored by Pacers. You could run in all 4 races or pick the friday that works best for you, there is a race on April 3,10,17,and 24th. You can find out how to get involved with this race for this friday or the next by clicking here to gain more info on this Crystal City fun!

A 5k & Fun Run is happening in our nation’s capital on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Hains Point DC. This event promotes the idea of being a “Hero for Youth in DC’s Foster Care”, that is, it is a celebration of the everyday heroes who make a positive impact in the lives of the youth in the DC’s foster care system.  What a great reason to come out and race along side those heroes –in super hero costumes of course (not required but welcomed)!  Click here to find out more on how you can get involved and make an impact in young lives.  Also, check out this video on the race to see just how fun it will be!

Osbourn Highschool Manassas City is having a  Soaring Eagle 5k /1mile fun walk on April 18th.  The goal of this event is to raise funds for the athlete scholarship programs. They will be welcoming runners, their families, and friends to their Fifth Annual Soaring Eagle 5K Run. This event is sponsored by the OHS Athletic Boosters and will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Osbourn High School located at 9005 Tudor Lane, Manassas, VA 20110. Race day registration is available from 7-730a for $35. Students under 18 can register for the race anytime for $15. Please register online before the event.

Another awesome race is taking place in Loudoun County, promoting a SuperHero 5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run. This race takes place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 beginning at 8 a.m. This event is also superheroes themed and though it is not required to wear a mask or costume it is more fun to do so. What’s cooler than to be dressed up as a superhero and fight for what you believe in? Absolutely nothing. This is a great event that invokes the superhero in us all; we may not be fighting crime, but we are fighting for a good cause and kicking those “winter blues” away! Click here to find out how you can get involved in this race, make donations, and participate as a sponsor or superhero! 

The Manassas Runway 10k is happening on Sunday, April 26th The event is promoted by the Bull Run and Manassas Rotary Clubs.  Participating in this Manassas City race will be a great way to launch you into the spirit of spring!  Click here to find out more on how to join in on this event either as a sponsor or as a runner.

Bodies in Motion 5k/10k  is happening on Sunday, May 17th  in Warrenton, Va. All race proceeds benefit the community by way of the Blue Ridge Orthopaedic Foundation. SFMC Inc. is one of the great sponsors of this event and with the help of such businesses, more than 25 non-profit organizations have received $55,000 from race proceeds since it’s inception 4 years ago. Click here to find out more on how you can get involved in this great opportunity!

We know that you are excited to lace up and race now, but here are some key things to remember when you are out there: make sure that your shoes have the proper support for your feet and your ankles (very important), stay hydrated, and have fun!

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Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe––

With this seemingly never ending winter, one could almost forget that spring is here –technically– and with that comes the Cherry Blossom celebration in our nation’s capital. This year, like those previously, will prove to be full of outdoor activities; tons of walking around around in the city, paddle boating around the Jefferson memorial  –for a great unobstructed view of the cherry blossom trees– and more!

Before heading out into the city to catch a glimpse of the beautiful pink blossom, it is very important to make sure that you are wearing the proper shoes for this occasion. No, we don’t mean the latest spring fashions, but we do mean the most supportive and comfortable shoes –preferably with orthotics.  With standing all day, sometimes in the same place (parade watching)  your feet will become fatigued – and there isn’t always a place to sit down–  so make sure that your shoes give your feet the most in arch support, are sturdy enough in structure, and extremely comfortable. Your feet will thank you later for wearing such shoes.  You can also do the following below throughout the day:

Here are a few links on how to get around in the city during the parade, specifics on dates to visit D.C., and how to maximize your overall cherry blossom experience!

Cherry Blossom Fireworks!

The 5 things you need to know…Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms’ blooming forecast

Remember that the peak bloom season is April 11-14, but the celebrations are beginning as early as April 4th!

Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe––

Flip–flops, let’s talk about them. Some doctors say that they are “OK” to wear and others are against them. We know that spring is here and soon we will want to show our tootsies off with lovely polished nails and stylish flip–flops, but are they good for our feet? With tons of questions swirling around this topic, we have put together a list –below– of the pros and cons on the matter.

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Pros

  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • Perfect for the warmer weather
  • Showcases our painted toes

Cons

  • Can’t be worn for extended amounts of time
  • Some have little to no arch support
  • Not enough support for the foot –as a whole
  • Expensive; with no real benefits for the feet (which supports the weight of the body)

With this list in mind, we checked out APMA’s site (American Podiatric Medical Association) to see what they had to say on the matter and we found this: You can wear flip–flops, but in order to avoid having problems with your feet later you could perform this simple checklist prior to purchasing your shoes. Click here to see the list and read more about what APMA has to say on the topic.

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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.

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