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‘Embracing Complexity’ to Solve Community Health Issues

As his tenure came to a close as an Institute Scholar last year, George Kaplan, PhD, delivered a Capstone presentation: “Embracing Complexity: H.L. Mencken, Whole Systems, and Integrative Approaches to Health.” View the video of his presentation.

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Optimizing Your Nutrition: Part Two

Bone broth and fermented foods are more than nutrition trends. They're ancient practices shared by cultures around the world. Chef and health coach Jennifer Helene explains how these and other nourishing traditions can help us age more gracefully, control…

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Safeguard Your Skin and the Environment

On April 25, the Institute held an Eco-Healthy Skin Care Workshop where attendees learned how to select and make toxin-free skin care products. Today, one of our presenters, Community Programs Coordinator, Alica Diehl shares her favorite tips.

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Optimizing Your Nutrition: Part One

The first in a four-part blog series of highlights from each "Optimizing Weight Loss, Digestion and Healthy Aging with Nutrition”’ panel. Today, we’re featuring Dr. Chris D’Adamo, a nutritional research scientist.

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Expert Tips to Achieve Your Health Resolutions

Health coach and chef Jennifer Helene Popken-Leeds offers guidance for overcoming inertia, boosting your energy, and staying on a healthy path in 2015.

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Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Are you worried about eating unhealthfully this holiday season? Join us on Wednesday, December 10, for our workshop, Healthy Holiday Strategies. You'll learn how to eat and cook for both pleasure and good health.

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Go Gluten-Free the Healthy Way

Did you know that many gluten-free products are filled with harmful ingredients? Discover how to avoid them and replace them them with delicious, wholesome alternatives by joining us on Wednesday, January 28, for our workshop, Going Gluten-Free the Health…

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Discover the Power of Super Foods

The growing honor roll of super foods—like maca root, chia seeds and spirulina—offers new options for healthful eating. But how do you make them part of meals and snack? Join us for a delicious adventure on Wednesday, October 1, as chef and health co…

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Chocolate Traditions New and Old

The FIT+ Festival in Harbor East was alive with music, movement, and lots of dark chocolate--a prize for taking our interactive Chocolate Challenge. We met Sherry, who told us about her grandmother's practice of putting ground cocoa beans into nearly ever…

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'Biofield of Dreams' Offers New Way of Seeing the Body

To culminate his tenure as an Institute Scholar, Richard Hammerschlag, PhD, delivered a Capstone presentation: "Biofield of Dreams: Energy Physiology as a Basis for Integrative Health." You can watch the video here.

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Food as Medicine in the Real World

Thanks to popular demand, we presented an encore of Dr. Chris D'Adamo's outstanding wellness talk "Food as Medicine in the Real World." A nutritional researcher, Dr. D'Adamo explained the science behind food's medicinal properties and how to use this know…

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A Path Emerges: a Green Road update

The radiance of today’s volunteer team more than took the edge off the cold for the last our Green Road Saturdays in 2012. Our 20 volunteers came care of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, led by Executive Director Mark Robbins. They included a dozen middle sch…

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Spreading the Love and the Mulch: a Green Road update

When the Navy visited a couple weeks back, they turned some of the downed timber into mulch. Volunteers from the Society for American Military Engineers’s Northern Virginia Post spent the better part of Saturday spreading it around the site.

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It's Perfectly Clear: a Green Road update

The Green Road project has reached a major milestone: The site is now clear of downed timber and debris, except for that which we’ve chosen to keep. Check out the before and after pictures . . .

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Smile Brightly and Carry a Big Stick: a Green Road update

Our amazing volunteers made at least 50 trips up the hill to help clear the Green Road site. We've amassed a wood pile rivaling any Division I pep rally bonfire. The photos speak volumes.

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Sublime Saturday: a Green Road update

Our volunteer team made serious headway on tree removal last Saturday, working steadily from 10am to 4pm. Pizza keeps our bodies going, while the environment sustains our spirits. Check out the photos . . .

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On Trees and Other Miracles: a Green Road update

Our Green Road Saturdays—our work days on the site—started last week. Last summer’s derecho left 12 trees down—mostly tulip trees with their top heavy foliage and weak root systems—as well as 4-5 others that were unstable.

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The Power of Being Present: a Green Road update

Today, we had eight tireless volunteers hauling logs, which the Navy cut up for us. If you stop and think about the tons of wood we need to move, the job seems kind of impossible. Yet everyone is as cheerful as can be, not an unkind or impatient word is s…

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