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Washington Sports Clubs Opening Doors to Hurricane Irene Victims

Although Hurricane Irene is long gone, her fury is still being felt by millions of east coast residents as they wade through her aftermath in an attempt to return to normalcy.  From severe flooding to lost power and water supply, the stories of all of our friends in all our communities affected are as expansive as those who have felt her aftermath.

Bethesda FRESHFARM market

Bethesda FRESHFARM market

 

The Summer Food Service Program: Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Break

 

Each summer Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) serves children throughout the county free nutritious meals as part of a variety of summer programs.

“The Summer Food Service program began in 1976. The reality is that hunger does not take a vacation. This is the perfect way to reach out to children in the community and provide healthy, balanced breakfast and lunch options for anyone under 18,” said MCPS Director of Food and Nutrition Services Marla Caplon.

This summer nearly 9,000 students will receive meals at 111 locations and six walk-in locations including Summit Hall Elementary, Merryville Elementary, Rolling Terrace Elementary, John F. Kennedy High School.

“Slightly more than 32% of children in Montgomery County are eligible for free or reduced price meals during the school year and might otherwise go without those meals during the summer when school is not in session,” explained Board of Education President Christopher Barclay.

Maryland Oncology Hematology expands services in northwestern Maryland

Maryland Oncology Hematology expands services in northwestern Maryland

Maryland Oncology Hematology, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, announced today that through the addition of two locations and two-board certified physicians, it is expanding the suite of oncology services it provides. The oncology practice has now expanded from 11 physicians to 13 and from four locations to six.

 

Maryland Oncology Hematology welcomes Drs. Robert Rice and Mohit Narang. They will work alongside other board-certified physicians to treat patients in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and in Owings Mills, Columbia, Greenbelt, Laurel, and Silver Spring, Maryland.

Favorite Fridays: What's Your Favorite FroYo Spot?

Favorite Fridays: What's Your Favorite FroYo Spot?

I have to say on a hot day, nothing sounds better than frozen yogurt topped with fruit, and chocolate unless of course Miami was an option, then I’d be soaking up the sun (with my friend SPF 30).

FroYo is perfect for an after dinner or lunch spot because it’s light, yet filling with as many toppings as you see fit!

TangySweet in Penn Quarter has always been a favorite of mine because I am obsessed with the Green Tea Tart topped with coconut, and mango. You may think that sounds odd, but trust me its delicious and quite refreshing. Additionally, TangySweet sells Red Velvet Cupcakes, which I buy occasionally and like to eat for breakfast the following morning. My all-time favorite is the Summertime cake. Nothing says rise and shine like a light and zesty lemon cake topped with whipped cream cheese and shredded coconut.

Drug Shortages Are Increasing Costs To The Nation’s Health System

 Drug Shortages Are  Increasing Costs To The Nation’s Health System

This information was sent to us by IMRI:

Increasing drug shortages are impacting patient care and increasing costs to the nation’s health system, according to a new study released today by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  The study was conducted in partnership with the University of Michigan Health System, and published online.

 The research found:

-      The labor costs associated with managing shortages translates to an estimated annual impact of $216 million nationally.

-      Reallocation of existing staff, including from patient care duties, to allow time for individuals to focus on managing shortages was commonly reported (32 percent),

-      More than 90% of respondents agreed that drug shortages were associated with an increased burden and increased costs today compared to two years ago.

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Montgomery County Approves Smoking Ban for Multi-Family Residences

Montgomery County Approves Smoking Ban for Multi-Family Residences

The following information comes to us from The Montgomery County Council:

July 12, 2011—The Montgomery County Council today unanimously approved a Board of Health regulation that will prohibit smoking in certain common areas of multiple-family residential dwellings and certain playgrounds relating to those dwellings. An amendment added to the bill today will ban smoking within 25 feet of playground areas on privately owned property that has a primary purpose to serve the residents of more then one dwelling.

The chief sponsor of the smoking ban smoking was Councilmember George Leventhal, who chairs the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee. Council Vice President Roger Berliner was a co-sponsor.

The ban, which will go into effect on Aug. 12th, got momentum from studies that have looked at the impact of secondhand smoke.