What Do You NEED to Get Happy?

In this installment, writer Derek Kannemeyer answers questions on what we NEED in order to be happy.

Virginia Prepared to Provide Pfizer Booster Shots
The VDH is willing and prepared to provide Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to eligible Virginia residents and workers.
What Do You NEED to Get Happy?
In this installment, writer Derek Kannemeyer answers questions on what we NEED in order to be happy.
Kids in the Kitchen is Back at the MPCC
Gina Michak, owner of "From Gina's Kitchen" is back as kids culinary instructor , showing kids ages 5-12 how to decorate their own cupcakes. Monthly classes now open for registration!
Back-to-school eats: 5 brain-boosting foods for kids
(BPT) - As summer draws to an end, many families are gearing up for an exciting new school year. And while picking out new pencils and notebooks is a fun way to prepare, it’s even more …
5 Simple, Natural Ways to Boost Immunity
(Family Features) Your body's immune system protects against illness and infection, fighting off threats before you even know there's a problem.
5 truths about flu vaccines
(BPT) - Did you know if you or a loved one are living with certain chronic health conditions like heart disease, asthma, diabetes or kidney disease, you are at higher risk of developing serious …
VDH Announcement

Virginia Prepared to Provide Pfizer Booster Shots

The VDH is willing and prepared to provide Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to eligible Virginia residents and workers.
Message from Virginians healthcare workers about the seriousness of the Delta variant

Healthcare Workers Urge Virginians to get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Nearly three dozen Virginia health care organizations are jointly urging unvaccinated Virginians to get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others as hospitalizations are surging.
UVA Health press release

UVA Health to Require COVID-19 Vaccination for Employees

With COVID-19 cases surging across the commonwealth and the country, UVA Health will require all its employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 1.

Virginia Depart. of Health Pleased CDC Has Approved Pfizer Vaccine for Nonemergency Use

Statement from Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula On Food and Drug Administration Granting Full Licensure
VDH Announcement Aug. 13, 2021

Virginia Will Provide Third Doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines for Immunocompromised People

Today the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that Virginia will make third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines available for moderately and severely immunocompromised Virginians, starting as early as August 14.
Local Scout Raises over $6,000 for Rise Against Hunger, Packs 10,152 Meals
As part of his Eagle Scout Project, Riley Kotlus of Manassas organized a large-scale volunteer event and fundraiser to combat hunger in Prince William County.
Want More Happiness? Do the Work.
Are you ready to think some more about happiness? In the first installment of the “Get Happier, Dammit” series, we looked at the definition of happiness – what it could be, what it might look like. We talked a little about the book that launched this column and how to move on from there.
COLUMN: Crafty Coaching with Ed Johnson
Crafted Coach Ed Johnson is a leadership coach who inspires confidence and self-awareness in individuals so they can begin to operate as their best selves. The result is more successful interactions and honed skills in interpersonal relationships and inner growth.
Rollins Ford 'Multi-Use' 'Destination' Park to Feature Farm-Themed Playground
Rollins Ford Park will be a 70-acres park with fields, a large playground, dog park and trails.
Q&A with Farthest Corners' Austin House on Situation in Burma...
Friends of Farthest Corners will hold a benefit concert and picnic dinner at Greenwich Presbyterian Church in Nokesville, Saturday evening, to support the Farthest Corners' effort to bring oxygen tanks to a small village in northern Burma/Myanmar.
Once Foster Child Becomes Gray Face Acres Rescue Foster Mom
Taylor Garduno Sharpe of Bristow is an avid volunteer, community leader, involved mother, wife and foster doggy-mommy to a senior pit-bull/great Dane mix. Her experience with great foster parents made her a great mom, and now foster-rescue mom.
Sweet and Savory School Day Snacks

(Family Features) Make your morning meals, lunchbox packing and meal prepping easier by including time-saving hacks like easy-to-use ingredients and recipes.

Thought for Food:
No-Bake Energy Bites Recipe 'From Gina's Kitchen' By Gina Michak Image courtesy of From Gina's Kitchen Foodie friends! These quick and easy no-bake energy bars were a quick and easy way to get back into the kitchen. Lightning quick to put …
5 simple ways to improve your health habits (BPT) - The last year and a half has been a strong reminder of the importance of good health. Statistics show that 73% of Americans consider their health and wellness a priority and are reevaluating …
Founder Jeff Salter visits the Gainesville location
Caring Senior Service 'Grab the Bars' E-Bike Ride Spreads Awareness on Senior Safety The “Grab the Bars” initiative aims to educate people on how bars installed in senior’s homes can save lives. Falls are the leading cause of serious injury among seniors.
5 ways to strengthen small businesses focusing on wellness (BPT) - Running a small business focused on health and wellness is not an easy task at the best of times, but the past year’s challenges to the nation’s health have made it even harder. …

Prince William Dance Academy Returns to Studio with New Safety Protocols

Tiny Twinkle-toes dancer enjoys her beginner class at Prince William Dance Academy. Prince William Dance Academy in Nokesville is excited to announce its team is back to delivering in-person lessons …

Tips to lower stress – and budgets – getting ready for back to school

(BPT) - Preparing to go back to school can be exciting as well as stressful for kids and parents, and this year is no exception. A recent survey found that nearly 9 in 10 parents (86%) are relieved …

Cleansing 101: Pro tips for cleansing your skin like a dermatologist

(BPT) - Keeping skin clean and healthy might seem simple, but for many people, finding a skincare routine that works can take trial and error. From common misconceptions about cleansing to a store …

Diabetics Now Have More, Diverse Beverage Choices

(NewsUSA) - Today's consumers are looking for beverage choices that offer far more than just great taste. Whether for increased energy or hydration, the "functional beverages" category is …

OmniRide Receives VTA Exceptional Safety Award

WOODBRIDGE, VA – The Virginia Transit Association (VTA) honored OmniRide with the Exceptional Safety Award at a ceremony on Wednesday, September 29 at the VTA’s annual meeting in Tysons

Health videos

How to winter-proof your shower routine

(BPT) - The cold weather can really do a number on your skin. To help combat winter dryness, Olay Body joined forces with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sheila Farhang who offers tips for winter-proofing your shower routine.

What Would You Do If Your Child Had a 1 in a Million Rare Disease?

(BPT) - Imagine learning immediately after the birth of your child that they have an extremely rare condition for which your local hospital is completely ill equipped to handle (through no fault of their own). That’s exactly what happened to Clara and her mom and dad.

The Tipping Point: A Journey With a Rare Disease

(BPT) - Rick, a beloved grandfather, was enjoying retirement following a 40-year career as a respected high school teacher, coach and mentor. When he started noticing changes in his body – a painful and persistent numbness in his hands and feet, and some digestive symptoms . . .

Free inTransition program reduces barriers to psychological care for service members and veterans

(BPT) - Service members and veterans run the risk of disengaging from psychological health care during times of transition. The inTransition program, through the Defense Health Agency, provides a path to mental health care for service members and veterans going through a ‘transition’ in their lives. Whether returning from deployment, changing duty stations, or even starting care for the first time, inTransition is available to anyone who has ever served regardless of category of discharge or length of service. For more information, visit.

5 simple tips to keep heartburn at bay

(BPT) - Heartburn can come on unexpectedly. That uncomfortable burning sensation in the center of your chest can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.Fortunately, there are a few easy …
Featured stories

Prostate Cancer Screenings on the Decline with Concerns Surrounding COVID-19: What Men Should Know

(BPT) - In the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, many areas of the country banned nonessential medical procedures in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. As a result, many physicians saw …

Are you familiar with some of the symptoms of AFib, a condition that increases risk of stroke by ~5x?

(BPT) - Did you know that symptoms such as irregular heartbeat, chest pain, or light headedness could be indicators of a potentially serious condition?1 Although these symptoms could be perceived as …

Support For People With Disabilities On The Journey To Work

(NAPSI)—About 40.7 million Americans have some kind of disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you or someone you care about has a disability, you may wonder what it means for …

Tiny Teeth Are A BIG Deal

(NAPSI)—With more than half of the state’s third graders having experienced tooth decay, the Tooth Fairy is canvassing the state—virtually—to help improve the dental health habits of her …

Are you familiar with some of the symptoms of AFib, a condition that increases risk of stroke by ~5x?

(BPT) - Did you know that symptoms such as irregular heartbeat, chest pain, or light headedness could be indicators of a potentially serious condition?1 Although these symptoms could be perceived as …

Five Tips for Seniors When Choosing Online Workout Classes

(NewsUSA) - The first month of the New Year is galloping by and many folks are still sorting out their goals and resolutions for 2021. Hooray for you if you've already set your goals. For those …

American Heart Association Issues Call to Live Fierce

(NewsUSA) - Despite the devastating toll of COVID-19, heart disease remains the no. 1 cause of death in the U.S and worldwide. The American Heart Association, the leading global volunteer …

Three Ways to Change Attitudes About Race

(NewsUSA) - Awareness of racism increased as Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country last summer. In response, psychoanalysts suggest three ways to change attitudes about race -- …

How to choose the best face mask

(BPT) - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have probably wondered what kind of face mask provides the most effective protection but is also easy and comfortable. You have probably also …

Support Immune Systems with Hearty, Wholesome Dishes

If feeding your family wholesome meals is a daily goal, keep in mind you can serve up tasty foods that also feed your immune system by including ingredients like mushrooms.

Flu Season 101: Six Tips for a Healthy, Balanced Immune System

(BPT) - Flu season is here, and this year, there are continued concerns and uncertainties and even more reason to be prepared. In the United States, flu season lasts from October to May, and …

Ready-to-Use Glucagon Provides Reassurance in Managing Diabetes

(BPT) - Jolting awake in the middle of the night to the screeching sound of your child’s low blood sugar alert alarm. Feeling the onset of blurry vision during a road trip with the closest exit …

How to Smooth 'Crepey' Skin on Arms and Legs

(NewsUSA) - Managing the effects of skin aging includes tackling the common complaint of skin crepiness. Crepiness refers to a sagging appearance caused in part by lack of moisture in the skin; women …

Poems That Can Help With Healing In Hard Times

(NAPSI)—You may be able to bring some comfort to your friends and family members who have been grieving a loss in these difficult days.  Poetry And Emotion There’s a new book that …

6 Myths About Pet Allergies

(NewsUSA) - By gaining a better understanding of the allergies caused by pets, you may be able to find a healthier coexistence with your furry friend. According to The Humane Society, 62 percent of …

(NAPSI)—If you’re like most people, health and wellness have been at the forefront of your mind these days. And if you’re currently dealing with a medical condition, you can still have the …
(NAPSI)—There’s a reason you shouldn’t skip your routine eye exam—and many people don’t even know about it. A growing body of research shows that vision loss can affect how well your brain …
(NAPSI)—According to the Social Security Administration, there are 65 million retirees in the U.S. If you or someone you care about is among them—or you expect to be someday—there could be good …
by We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign (NAPSI)—The Delta variant is the most contagious form of COVID-19 in the United States and currently accounts for nearly all new cases. As …
by We Can Do This COVID-19 Public Education Campaign (NAPSI)—The Delta variant is the most contagious form of COVID-19 in the United States and currently accounts for nearly all new cases. As …
(NewsUSA) In his philosophical treatise, "The Human Condition," author Bob Yari offers a pathway to fulfillment and happiness based on a balanced lifestyle, a positive attitude, and …
(NewsUSA) - People suffer from oral pain for a variety of reasons -- a cavity that needs to be filled, sensitive gums, canker sores, dry socket or, most commonly, a nagging toothache. Oral pain …
(NewsUSA) "Good Grief -- A Journey from Loss to Love" by Valerie D. Swinton and Fred J. Kirby Jr.  If you lost a loved one to death and wonder how, when, or even if you should …
(NewsUSA) - For busy parents, keeping a baby or toddler away from problem areas in the home can be an ongoing challenge. September is Baby Safety Month, and an important reminder for parents to look for potentially unsafe areas in the home
(NewsUSA) "What's Not True" by Valerie Taylor  With the court date set for her divorce and the future she'd planned with a younger man presumably kaput, Kassie O'Callaghan …
(Family Features) Workers in some jobs, like mining, manufacturing, housekeeping, farm work and vehicle repair, carry higher risks for work-related COPD than others. If you work in a job that carries risks like these, there are things you can do to protect yourself.
(Family Features) Long-term exposure to pollutants like dusts, fumes, smoke and other chemical gases can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Learn more about the risks and potential solutions.
(Family Features) Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that's more common than many people think.
(Family Features) Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune condition that causes hair loss on the scalp, face and other areas of the body.
(Family Features) Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune condition that causes hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes other areas of the body.