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Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Public Schools:

 Although Maryland is home to three of the richest counties in the nation (Howard, Montgomery and Calvert), 11.1 percent of households in Maryland (or 1 in 9) face a constant struggle against hunger. When schools are closed during the summer months, students who receive free or reduced-price meals throughout the school year are at risk for not receiving the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.

Prince George's County Health & Lifestyle Tour

LARGO, MD-- The Prince George’s County Health Department’s Division of Addictions and Mental Health Services will co-sponsor the Yolanda Adams’ Health and Lifestyle Tour on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Jericho Christian Academy in Landover from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.

Award winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams is the force behind this fun-filled day of live performances by gospel artists, health screenings and health education. Workshops will be held during the event to provide information on substance abuse and other subjects to 1000+ individuals expected to attend.

 

 

 

Get Your Veggie Fix!

Get Your Veggie Fix!

Every Saturday, June through October, enjoy fresh produce at National Harbor's American Market, an upscale farmer's market. 

Stroll along the outdoor promenade and choose from a vast offering of producer-only merchadise including farm fresh produce and meats, specialty foods, handmade crafts, jewelry and more. Sample goods grown from local farmers, specialty goods, and hand-crafted gift ideas.

The American Market takes place from 10am to 2pm on National Harbor's American Way. 

 

Celebrate National Dairy Month!

Celebrate National Dairy Month!

 

In honor of June being National Dairy Month, The Maryland Department of Agriculture encourages all Marylanders to enjoy healthy and nutritious local dairy products all month long and throughout the year.

As Maryland’s third largest agricultural commodity, milk and dairy products accounted for more than $144.6 million in farm receipts in 2009. National Dairy Month celebrates the value of milk and dairy products as part of well-balanced diets of every American, as well as the importance of milk production to the agricultural industry.

Much of the milk produced in Maryland, through its 528 dairy farms, is channeled through cooperatives and milk processors that include Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers.

Marylanders can also enjoy local dairy products by visiting farms that produce ice cream, bottled milk, yogurt and cheeses.

Below, find three of the local Maryland farms that offer the direct sale of farmstead cheese and ice cream.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings for World Hypertension Day

In recognition of World Hypertension Day, Kaiser Permanente gassed-up their mobile health vehicle and headed to Upper Marlboro to provide free blood pressure screenings to County employees on Tuesday, May 31st.

The vehicle provided blood pressure screenings to all County employees, retirees, their dependents and community residents.  The blood pressure screenings will be held from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. in front of the County Administration Building.

Heat Advisory for Prince George's County

Heat Advisory for Prince George's County

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Prince George’s County until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31.

A heat advisory means that a period of excessive temperatures is expected.  Because this is the first round of seasonal heat and bodies are not acclimated yet, heat exhaustion and heatstroke will be a bigger threat than they would be later in the summer. The Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security recommends the following tips: