Living

Redefining Vitality

A Spotlight on Bob McMillan and the Come Alive Project For many who hit their mid-70s, their first thought is to relax, sit on the porch and enjoy a glass of lemonade. That would not be the correct assumption about Virginia-local, Bob McMillan. As he approached retirement in his late 60s, he realized that a new career in fitness and ... Read More »

Explore and Live on the Eastern Seaboard’s Longest Coastal Preserve

by Robin Fillmore Though it is only hours from Washington, D.C., a true hidden gem lies just to our south. Off the Eastern Shore of Virginia are the barrier islands which protect seaside tidal creeks, bays, marshes and the mainland, providing habitat for abounding nature, including migratory songbirds, raptors, shorebirds, shellfish and finfish. Visitors are welcomed with the sign “You’ll ... Read More »

Kissed by Kindness

by Emily Esfahani Smith Psychologist Ty Tashiro reports in The Science of Happily Ever After that only three in 10 couples remain in healthy, happy marriages. Psychologist John Gottman, in New York City, has studied couples for four decades seeking to understand successful relationships. He and his psychologist wife, Julie, founded The Gottman Institute that helps couples build and maintain ... Read More »

Healthy Aging

Five Keys for Longevity and Optimal Wellness by Elizabeth McMillan, MS, CNS Research dictates that longevity is heavily reliant on the foods we eat and our outlook on life. In fact, many studies have shown that changing one’s diet, even in their 70s and 80s, can improve health and decrease disease-risk. Inadequate nutrition has been known to contribute to the ... Read More »

Mindful Healthy Life Releases E-Book Resource Guide for Local Parents

For natural-minded parents that live in and around Washington, the new Mindful Healthy Life of Metro DC Guide to Holistic Family Living e-book offers a wide range of healthy family resources. The new release from the online lifestyle magazine MindfulHealthyLife.com combines all the entries that are in its online directory—practitioners, yoga studios, schools, parenting coaches, health coaches and much more—with lists of activities, events and ... Read More »

The Wild and Wooly Teen Brain

What Kids Need [from Us] to Grow Wise by April Thompson Peer pressure and body consciousness are universal challenges facing teens and their parents. Experts find that by modeling healthy habits and maintaining open lines of communication, adults can help foster healthy independent thinking and responses to inevitable situations. Respect Developing Capacities Some teen struggles are literally all in their ... Read More »

Consider Giving a Gift to the Planet this Holiday Season

by Rachel Feidelman What kinds of things first come to mind when you think of the holiday season? Gift giving? Delicious food? Traveling to see loved ones? Well, if it was any variation or combination of these three things, it is likely that some kind of wasteful behavior is occurring. As the holidays take the forefront in most people’s minds, ... Read More »

Fetch, Stretch, Dance

Make Your Dog an Exercise Buddy by Sandra Murphy Man and woman’s best four-legged friend can activate and energize even the most reluctant couch potato or exhausted owner, making the family dog an excellent exercise buddy. Regardless of how lax we may be, everyone feels better after some kind of workout. A study published in the journal Environmental Science & ... Read More »

Wake up for the Taste of Tea

by Teresa Boardwine Choose the tea, herb, spice or aroma to warm, invigorate and indulge your senses during the holiday season. To enjoy a cup of herbal tea is to imbibe in a beverage that will reinforce well-being. A tea of peppermint can be taken to support respiratory, soothe the stomach or stimulate the psyche. A pot of cold and ... Read More »

Loving Large

Scientists Say We’re All Connected by Linda Sechrist True love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield, that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea ... Read More »