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DC Fitness Challenge Tackles City's Obesity Epidemic

DC Fitness Challenge Tackles City's Obesity Epidemic

This story comes to us from Chickaro Martin:

Aimed at battling DC’s alarming obesity rate, one of the highest in the country, on Saturday May 14, 2011 Project Fitness Community and WIAS (Wellness In American Schools) will host the second annual DC Fitness Challenge. The event will take place at McKinley Technology High School, located at 151 T Street, Northeast, D.C., from 10 a.m.—2 p.m.

Trinity Wellness Fair

Obesity is one of the most common problems that affect U.S citizens today. To be defined as obese, your body mass index or BMI must be over 30, which is stated as being 30 pounds overweight. According to www.obesity.org , their statistics have shown that D.C adults in 2007 have an average BMI of 21.8. That number may not sound bad but in 2010 the BMI is projected to be closer to 30, possibly over 30. The problem of obesity can be solved dramatically with the simple and proper use of exercise and a healthy diet. Trinity University is offering to be your first start help in getting your health back on track.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Gala

Over last weekend, the Susan G. Komen Foundation celebrated 30 years of research and education, including an A-list dinner for donors on Friday at the Kuwaiti Embassy.  The Kuwaiti dinner was the kickoff to a weekend full of activities sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, including the "Honoring the Promise" event at the Kennedy Center Saturday evening with Laura Bush.  The Kuwaiti Embassy holds a special place in my heart because I was honored at the Kuwaiti Embassy for my work as a youth ambassador to the Kuwait-American Foundation's "Do The Write Thing Campaign" which gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives through classroom discussions and writings. 

Rabid Cat Bites Resident, Then Picked Up By DC Dept. of Health in Northeast

This story comes to us from Dena Iverson District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH):

The District of Columbia Department of Health has picked up a feral cat that has tested positive for rabies.  The cat, gray patches with white markings, was picked up from the 1700 block of Lyman Pl. NE on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 after it attacked and bit a resident.  The resident that was attacked is undergoing the required rabies prophylaxis.  Rabies surveillance is being conducted for more animal and human contact. 

DOH staff is distributing and posting flyers in the neighborhood where the cat was picked up to inform the residents that anyone who has had contact with the cat should contact the Department of Health’s staff at (202)-535-1952.  DOH is particularly interested in anyone who may have fed the cat.