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In May the results of the first ever Virginia Childhood Obesity survey were revealed at the "Weight Of The State" conference held in Richmond. It showed that many children are not eating healthy at home or at school. According to the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, 1 in 5 young people between the ages of 10 and 17 in the state of VA is obese or overweight.

Northern VA fared slightly better than southern VA with only 20% of their youth being overweight compared to 28%in...

TMD - Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction pain is often times the "tip of the ice berg" when diagnosing someones pain. Dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint can be a secondary or tertiary manifestation of other problems in the body causing a myriad of body aches and pains.

To truly understand an individuals diagnosed TMD pain we need to look at the contributing factors, which may include any of the following: craniosacral system dysfunction, nervous system overload,...

Sore achy muscles or joints? Too much of a weekend warrior? Work is stressing you to the max? Can't stop itching since your hike in the woods? Feeling sluggish and just not up to par? I have a simple and inexpensive solution.

Take a bath. But not just any bath. A BETTER BATH! Enjoy the benefits of a healing bath right in your own home with some simple additions that can benefit your body, mind and soul. EPSOM SALTS: Grandmother knew...

Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, lessons for this and for that, video games, malls, and competitive sports, cell phones and text messages. We may not realize how stressful all these are for our children, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children's lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy—or lack thereof.

Marsha Weing, wrote an article for Yoga Journal entitled, Yoga For Kids. She writes, "Children derive...

Our bodies are 70% fluids. To maintain optimal health these fluids need to have a ph as close to 7.365 as possible. What does this mean and how is it accomplished? The ph scale is a standard measurement system you learned in science class. It is a ladder scale beginning at 0 and ascending to 14. Zero is equivalent to carbonic acid (the most acidic element) and 14 is bicarbonate, which is an alkalizing agent. 7.0 is neutral. Is this bringing back recollections of high school chemistry class...

One thing you can do to optimize your wellness is also one the most simple and least expensive things you can do. Get adequate sleep. A good night’s sleep, just like proper diet and exercise, is essential to your mental, emotional and physical health.

According to The Better Sleep Council, 65% of Americans are loosing sleep due to stress. A whopping 32% of Americans spend at least one night a week not sleeping due to stress from the work place. The other two ares of...

Classical Acupuncture is a health care tradition developed in Ancient China and refined through out the ages. It is based on the understanding that a series of meridians run through the body, connecting the internal environment and function with the surface of the body. Qi (Chinese) or Ki (Japanese) energy circulates through the meridian pathways.

Health and harmony exist when the Qi circulation is plentiful and unimpaired.

It is important to remember that Acupuncture treats...

Each year, more Americans die of smoking-related diseases than from alcohol abuse, AIDS, drug abuse, car accidents, fire, suicide and murder....combined.

The fact is that tobacco damages nearly every organ in your body. Here are a few of the statistics released for 2009.

Smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the US which equates to approximately 438,000 deaths of Americans.

On average, smoker's lives are shortened 14 years compared to...

Yesterday I talked about the amazing results of the survey done by the CDC regarding the intake of fruits and vegetables by people around the United States. Yes, as a general population we fell wayyyyy short. I also gave you some suggestions on how to consume more of each by juicing. Today, let's look at what actually constitutes those famous words, "a serving". The way the survey described a serving sounds like a good rule of thumb. Here are several examples. Each listening makes one...

Part of our mission here at Natural Horizons Wellness Center is to educate our patients and the public so they can make informed decisions about their health and lifestyles. As part of that quest we have formulated a schedule of classes for each month on a variety of topics. Listed below are the classes we will be hosting in the upcoming months. All classes are from 6:30 - 7:30 PM at Natural Horizons Wellness Center, 11230 Waples Mill Rd., #125, Fairfax, VA. 22030. Be sure to add them to...

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