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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: Favorite Treats To Stay Cool

Favorite Fridays: Favorite Treats To Stay Cool
It's excessively hot and unusually humid in the DC Metro Area this week. The temperature is rising with a 120-degree heat index (wow!) This heat wave can be very dangerous, so drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. If you have to step out of the air condition, check out some of my favorite treats that keep me cool. Clayboys Hawaiian Shave Ice: This family operated cart has been on Bethesda Avenue, in front of Barnes and Noble, for about 11 years. With over 20 flavors including Blue Raspberry (the most popular), Cherry, Coconut, Lime, Grape, Banana, Strawberry, Watermelon, Bubble Gum, Lemonade, Vanilla, Tigers Blood (Strawberry and coconut mixed), Root Beer and Green Apple. A shave ice will set you back $2 for a small, $3 for a medium, and $4 for a large. You can choose up to two flavors per cup. Each serving also has one Swedish Fish inside for you to find!

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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Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Washington, D.C. has the 2nd lowest rate of obese adults in the United States, trailing only Colorado, according to a report from Trust for America’s Heather and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, entitled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, investigates weight issues by state, as well as in the District. 

According to the report, 12 states have obesity rates of more than 30 percent.  D.C.’s rate of obese adults, however, is a reported 21%.

Maryland ‘s adult obesity rate is 27.1 percent according to the study, while Virginia’s is 25.9 percent, which ranks them as the 26th and 30th most obese states in the country respectively.

Silver Diner Continues Fresh & Local Initiative with Local Farmer's Market

Silver Diner Continues Fresh & Local Initiative with Local Farmer's Market

This summer, enjoy fresh produce from local farmers at the Laurel Silver Diner's Local Farmer's Market!

Every Sunday, the Laurel Silver Diner will offer fresh produce from local farms at its Farmers’ Market from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This initiative is in line with the Silver Diner's fresh and local initiative, offering traditional menu items made with healthier ingredients. Silver Diner offers menu items that are created using locally sourced ingredients, which include: