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e’re pleased to bring you the August 2013 “Family Health” issue of Natural Awakenings magazine! In this issue, you’ll find information and resources for keeping your family happy and healthy for the remaining summer vacation and beyond, and for enjoying those last few weeks before it’s time to head back to school. A healthy diet is important for our children and for ourselves but, in this stagnating economy, it can seem difficult to budget enough for fresh, local, organic ingredients. In “Good Food on a Budget” you’ll find some amazingly simple tips for balancing nutrition and taste without breaking the bank. These tips, developed through research by the Environmental Working Group, will help you get the most nutritional bang for your buck. You can also look into signing up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, which is an affordable way to have fresh, healthy, organic, locally grown produce on the table weekly. I’ve recently become a member of Riverstone Farm’s CSA (see the ad on page 19) and the freshness and quality of the produce is amazing! It is time to start thinking about “back to school” and how we can get our kids off on the right foot and with all the advantages that a healthy body and mind can provide. In “Kid-Smart Supplements,” you’ll learn how supplements can help children focus better in school, avoid illness and fight off acute sickness during the cold and flu season. I know we’ll be loading up on the fish oil, probiotics and elderberry extract at my home as part of our back-to-school shopping. The weeks leading up to the beginning of the school year are ideal for spending high-quality family time together. In “Play Together, Stay Together,” you’ll discover how family-centric recreational activities provide health benefits, strengthen family bonds and create lasting memories. Our special guest writer Pete Eschelman also offers ideas for activities in the Roanoke Valley. For other ideas, see the first article of our Blue Ridge Green Travel series, “Traveling Virginia’s Blue Ridge,” in which guest writer Anne Piedmont takes us on a journey around the region with ideas for residents and visitors alike and with a nod to some of the region’s most popular attractions. Speaking of keeping the region green, if you have electronic waste (ewaste), please don’t dump it in the trash can. Tube-type TVs and computer monitors contain lead, while cell phones harbor toxic mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants, all of which can leach from landfills into groundwater. Instead, bring electronic waste by one of the Fall Electronics Clean Out (ECO) Day locations on September 14. For more info, see our news brief on page 8 and ad on page 5. And finally, you may want to take your family to the second annual Floyd Yoga Jam, a “big family and community party” of yoga, music, food and fun (see the Community Spotlight on page 12). There will be lots of activities for kids and grown-ups alike, and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


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he 25th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will be held September 28 and 29. Billed as the largest event of the year at the lake, the festival features food, crafts, music and, most importantly, wine. This year, 27 wineries will be participating as well as 85 food and craft vendors. Winemakers will be on hand to answer wine-related questions and assist guests with their sampling. Food offerings include French crepes, Italian cuisine, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine and barbecue. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the continuous live music. The bands Polychrome and Dragonfly will play on Saturday and The Kings will play on Sunday. Wine bottles and tasting glasses will be collected in recycling containers provided by Natural Awakenings magazine, to keep the event green and growing. This event is sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine. Proceeds go directly to the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Cost: $15 in advance for taster ticket; $12 for non-taster (designated driver) ticket. For more information or to order tickets, call 540-721-1203 or visit See ad on page 18.

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arm Hearth Village, a comprehensive retirement community in Blacksburg, is hosting a free holistic health fair from 10 a.m to 2 p.m on Friday, September 6, at Warm Hearth’s Village Center. The fair, sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine, is open to the public. The goal of the fair is to introduce visitors to complementary health resources and healthy lifestyle choices that are available in the New River Valley and surrounding areas. Visitors to the fair can connect with vendors representing the holistic health spectrum, including massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, counseling, natural healing, gardening, green home cleaning and holistic pet care. These product and service vendors can provide information and answer questions to help attendees make choices to achieve, maintain and enjoy balanced and well-rounded lifestyles. For more information, call Lois Caliri, Marketing Coordinator at Warm Hearth Village, at 540-552-9176 or email, or call Tracy Garland, publisher of Natural Awakenings magazine, at 540-384-1815 or email



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ife in Balance Counseling and Wellness Center, in Christiansburg, announces the addition of counselor Amanda O’Reilly to its staff. She offers individual, group, couple and family counseling. O’Reilly earned her master’s degree in counseling and human development from Radford University and earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminal justice from Judson College, in Marion, Alabama. She has worked both individually and in group settings with clients of all ages, from infants to the elderly, in various settings, including day care, public school and mental health agencies. Her most recent experience was in the community mental health setting. She accepts Medicaid clients and offers a limited sliding fee scale as well. Her primary areas of interest are special needs, parenting support, military families, self- esteem and self-conďŹ dence, sexual addiction, recovering repressed memories to aid with trauma recovery, ADD/ADHD and LGBTQ individuals and families. She is especially interested in working with children whose parents are diagnosed with mental illness, a population that is often ignored in the recovery process. “I believe that a person’s past is an important factor in the healing process, but that this past does not deďŹ ne a person,â€? she says. “I am living proof of this philosophy and I hope to help others realize their inner potential.â€? Location: Life In Balance Counseling and Wellness Center, 125 Akers Farm Rd., Ste. D, Christiansburg. For more information or to make an appointment, call 540-382-6215, email or visit See ad on page 13 and Community Resource Guide, page 33.



he Well, in Bedford, is pleased to announce that it now carries produce, eggs and chicken from Dahlia Farm, in Bedford. The farm grows its produce with no chemicals, herbicides, pesticides or genetically modiďŹ ed seeds. Its cage-free, heritage-breed poultry is pasture-raised and given certiďŹ ed organic feed to supplement wild grasses and insects. Dahlia Farm, which marked its ďŹ rst anniversary in July, is owned by Colli Kolenko and his mother, Patricia Kolenko. Colli, a 2007 history graduate of the University of Washington, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our focus is on rare, heirloom varieties of produce with rich histories that sometimes date back hundreds of years or older. For us, it is essential to preserve these vital connections to the past that are being replaced by commercial products.â&#x20AC;? Patricia, a chef and 1989 graduate of the New England Culinary School, will offer workshops that blend cuisine with gardening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farming to us is like an art, which means listening to the natural world for all its inspirations,â&#x20AC;? says Colli of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;chef-owned, chef-grownâ&#x20AC;? farm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We treat the land with tenderness and see it as a living thing.â&#x20AC;? The Well is located at 1764 Patriot Ln., Bedford. For more information, call 540-587-9000 (local) or 877-THE-WELL (843-9355) (toll-free), email The.Well. or visit Dahlia Farm is located at 2225 Lazenbury Rd., Bedford. For more information, call 540-632-9814 or 540-685-3258. See ad on page 11.

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Tasty Tuesdays at Bedford Farmers’ Market Natural Awakenings he Bedford Farmers’ Market invites the Announces Floyd Yoga T public to Tasty Tuesdays. From 3 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday afternoon until the end of Jam Ticket Winners the season, local growers, bakers, farms and wineries offer samples for visitors to enjoy. Vendors offer samples such as fresh local produce and herbs, fresh bread and baked goods, jams and jellies, peanuts, wine, honey and local meats, such as beef and buffalo. Customers can place orders for fresh fish, including striped bass, tilapia and rainbow trout. Vendors are also on hand with fresh ice cream, with summer-like flavors such as cantaloupe, peach and watermelon. Special treats, including chocolate-dipped pretzels and strawberries, are often available. Herbs, bedding plants, hanging flower baskets, fresh-cut flowers and other handmade products are also for sale. Produce available last season at the market included tomatoes, potatoes, peas, corn, broccoli, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, onions, squash, zucchini, pumpkins, peaches, apples, plums, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. Growers are available to answer questions and provide recipe suggestions. The market is under a shelter, so products are available rain or shine. For more information, call 540-586-2148. See Farmers’ Market listing on page 23.

Shelter Alternatives Celebrates 25 Years of Sustainable Building


helter Alternatives Inc., a Blacksburgbased general contractor and builder of custom homes, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Founded in 1988, Shelter Alternatives specializes in uniquely designed homes, additions and remodel projects, and creates sustainable construction projects with lower energy costs, lower maintenance and lower environmental impact. Owner and manager Ed Tuchler describes his business as a design/build firm. The team prepares a job in-house with complete estimates and plans and then the site supervisor makes sure that everything happens as planned, says Tuchler. The Shelter Alternatives team prides itself in building houses that are well-built and sensitive to energy usage and the environment. “Every time we carve up a piece of land, we feel we take responsibility for doing it responsibly,” Tuchler says. “We love what we do and it shows in the creative craftsmanship of our projects.” Shelter Alternatives expanded its vision in 2007 by launching the Energy Check division. Using knowledge gained through years of energy-efficient building, Energy Check is able to improve existing homes through energy audits and energy-efficiency retrofits. Shelter Alternatives is a three-time recipient of the New River Valley Homebuilders Association “Builder of the Year” Award, and in 2011 became a six-time recipient of its “Design Excellence” Award. Other recent accolades include the Virginia Sustainable Building Network’s 2012 Green Innovation Award and the 2011 EarthCraft Virginia Single Family Project of the Year Award. Most of the firm’s recently built homes are EarthCraft- and Energy Star-certified, and the company carries both the Certified Aging in Place Specialist and Certified Green Builder designations from the National Association of Home Builders. For more information, call 540-951-0358, email or visit See Energy Check ad on page 13.


n honor of Virginia Yoga Week in June, Natural Awakenings offered free tickets to the 2013 Floyd Yoga Jam (August 30 to September 1). To enter the drawing, readers were asked to submit stories Scotia Marshall about their personal physical and spiritual transformations through yoga. Our winners are Scotia Marshall and Suzun Hughes. Marshall had struggled with her weight throughout her childhood, she says, Suzun Hughes finally losing 70 pounds in high school through diet and exercise. She still didn’t have the energy she wanted to “just have fun,” but found it, and more, through yoga. “Yoga teaches patience and humility,” she says. “Because of yoga I gained confidence, energy and a unique brand of patience. I’ve always been one to rush the future ahead to be brought closer. I really needed to learn to stop and take a deep breath and just chill.” Marshall is taking her practice with her to college and hopes to start a yoga club. Hughes practiced yoga for 42 years before deciding to become a teacher. After 28 days of what she calls “boot camp for yogis” at the Sri Satchidananda Ashram, in Buckingham, she emerged with her certificate and a whole new perspective. She had lost 10 pounds and felt stronger. “I was no longer angry,” she adds. “I have tasted the peace within and I want more.” She teaches private yoga lessons and is a lifelong student of yogic life and Ayurveda. Natural Awakenings congratulates both Marshall and Hughes on their transformations through yoga, and we look forward to seeing them at the second annual Floyd Yoga Jam. For more information about Floyd Yoga Jam, visit or see the Community Spotlight article on page 12 and the ad on page 19. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Life In Balance Announces Free Wellness Seminars

Recycle Responsibly on Fall Electronics Clean Out (ECO) Day



ife in Balance Counseling and Wellness Center, in Christiansburg, announces “Living Well,” a new series of free, one-hour wellness seminars that are open to the public. The seminars will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, beginning September 18. Once a month, experts will present information and tools that can be applied immediately to help attendees “live well” while managing a variety of common situations and issues. In the first seminar, “Living Well with Chronic Illness,” Life in Balance counselor and seminar organizer Laura Rumfeldt will discuss the holistic approach to dealing with chronic illness. “It’s definitely the mind/body/spirit approach to wellness,” says Rumfeldt, who has lived with chronic illness herself for more than a decade. “It’s a way of looking at your story and what living with chronic illness means to you, how it makes you who you are and how to use it to your benefit.” Anyone who suffers from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease or any other chronic illness—especially if they haven’t gotten answers from mainstream medicine—will benefit from the talk, says Rumfeldt, who also sees clients individually for these issues. “This is a way to help people go from feeling like victims to feeling that they have power over their health,” she says. Cost: Free. Location: Life In Balance Counseling and Wellness Center, 125 Akers Farm Rd., Ste. D, Christiansburg. Space is limited; registration recommended. For more information or to register, call Laura Rumfeldt at 540-381-6215, email Laura.Rumfeldt@ or visit See ad on page 13 and Community Resource Guide, page 33.

he fourth annual Fall Electronics Clean Out (ECO) Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 14. Volunteers will be on site at the locations listed below to receive donations, which will be responsibly recycled. Acceptable items include desktop and laptop computers; computer equipment such as monitors, keyboards, CPUs, printers, scanners, fax machines, ink and toner cartridges, computer cords and cables and any related computer equipment; small appliances such as toasters, microwaves, blenders, coffee makers, mixers, vacuums and food processors; clocks; radios; cell phones; and personal digital assistants (PDAs). All data from hard drives and other storage media should be removed before donating. Drop-off locations: Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, 1319 Grandin Road, Roanoke; Yokohama Tire, 1500 Indiana Street, Salem; Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, 3213 Forest Brook Road, Lynchburg; First Citizens Bank, 65 Kingston Drive, Daleville; Wade’s Supermarkets, 510 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg; and Friendly City Food Co-op, 150 E. Wolfe Street, Harrisonburg. This event is sponsored by Natural Awakenings in partnership with Clean Valley Council, Friendly City Food Co-op, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Roanoke Natural Foods Coop, Wade’s Supermarkets and Yokohama Tire. The first Fall ECO Day, held at Roanoke Natural Foods Coop in September 2010, kept more than eight tons of electronics out of landfills. At last year’s event, volunteers collected nearly 14 tons of electronics from approximately 400 donors. Every year, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys provides supervision, guidance and expertise to repurpose and responsibly recycle all of the donated material. For more information, call 540-384-1815, email or visit See ad on page 5.

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team of researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut, has found that vaginal birth triggers the expression of a protein, UCP2 (mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2), in the brains of newborns that improves brain development and function in adulthood. It influences neurons and circuits in the hippocampus, the area responsible for memory. The protein is also involved in the cellular metabolism of fat, a key component of breast milk, suggesting that induction of UCP2 by natural birth may aid the transition to breastfeeding. The researchers also found that this protein expression is impaired in the brains of babies delivered by Caesarean section. These results suggest, “The increasing prevalence of C-sections, driven by convenience rather than medical necessity, may have a previously unsuspected lasting effect on brain development and function in humans,” observes Tamas Horvath, chair of Yale’s Department of Comparative Medicine.



ratitude gifts teens with better mental health, according to researchers at California State University. Thankful teens are more apt to be happy and less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol or have behavior problems at school than their less grateful peers. The researchers asked 700 students, ages 10 to 14, to complete questionnaires initially, and again four years later. Teens that reported practicing the most gratitude at the end of the study enjoyed a 15 percent greater sense of meaning in life, became 15 percent more satisfied with their life overall (at home, at school and with their neighborhood, friends and themselves) and grew 17 percent more happy and hopeful about their lives, plus experienced 13 and 15 percent drops in negative emotions and depressive symptoms, respectively. “These findings suggest that gratitude may be strongly linked with life skills such as cooperation, purpose, creativity and persistence,” making it “a vital resource that parents, teachers and others that work with young people should help youth build up as they grow up,” says lead author Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., a psychology professor at California State University-Dominguez Hills. “More gratitude may be precisely what our society needs to raise a generation that is ready to make a difference in the world.” Source: American Psychological Association’s 120th annual convention



arents trying to entice fussy eaters to sample more nutritionally diverse diets have a surprising strategy at hand: color. A study at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, has shown that colorful fare—specifically, food plates with seven different items and six colors—appear to be particularly favored by children. In contrast, adults tend to prefer fewer colors on one plate—only three items and three hues. Source: Acta Paediatrica


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Shifting Priorities A Dose of Awe Can Make a Teen More Caring A meta-analysis published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review suggests that experiencing awe helps young people focus less on themselves and more on the world around them. Exposure to natural wonders and accounts of great human accomplishments can do the trick. It’s a helpful strategy, given that narcissism is on the rise and college students have become dramatically less empathetic over the years, particularly since 2000. Sixty-four percent of respondents ages 18 to 25 surveyed thought getting rich is their most important goal, while only 30 percent believed that helping others in need is important. Awe humbles us in the presence of something greater than ourselves. Experiencing it during adolescence, a period crucial in the formation of self-identity, could help coax teens out of their, “I am the center of the world,” funk and put them on a path to a life lived in compassionate connection with others. Source:

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The perilous decline of domestic honeybees due to the widespread occurrence of colony collapse disorder continues to make news, but wild bees and other insects are often overlooked, even though they are twice as effective in producing seeds and fruit on crops, according to a study of 41 crops in 600 fields worldwide by Argentina’s research network, CONICET. For the first time, scientists have a handle on the huge contribution of wild insects, showing that honeybees cannot replace the wild insects lost as their habitat is increasingly destroyed. Study leader Lucas Garibaldi, of Argentina’s National University, in Río Negro, says that relying on honeybees is a highly risky strategy, because disease can sweep through a single species and it may not adapt to environmental changes as well as wild pollinators. Also, trucking in managed honeybee hives does not replace native pollinators, which visit more plants, resulting in more effective cross-pollination; honeybees tend to carry pollen from one flower to another on the same plant.

Solar Powered Capturing Energy from Asphalt Roads Asphalt roads throughout the country are well known for soaking up the sun’s rays. Now, new piping technology from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, is offering a way to trap heat and use it elsewhere, potentially transforming blacktopped streets into giant solar energy collectors. It works by using the sun-warmed asphalt to heat water pumped through tubes embedded a few inches below the road surface. This can help to cool asphalt by utilizing some of the heat that would have remained in the material to heat the circulating water to produce electricity. Researchers are testing different pipe materials and conductive aggregates to add to the asphalt to improve heat absorption. Costs relative to potential returns have yet to be quantified. Source:


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Wear It Well First Eat Local, Then Dress Local Buying local isn’t just about food choices. In supporting community businesses and reducing our ecological footprint, fiber is another important consideration, encompassing farmers that grow cotton and hemp or raise sheep for wool, fiber artisans and textile designers. The U.S. presently imports about 95 percent of Americans’ clothing, reports the Ecology Global Network (, with most manufactured in countries where sweatshops and human rights abuses are common. Polyester and nylon, the most commonly used synthetic fibers, are derived from petroleum and processed and dyed using synthetic, often toxic substances. According to a 2010 report by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, the textile industry is that country’s third-worst polluter. The nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture’s ( Fibershed program raises public awareness of the issue in Central California. Robin Lynde, a shepherd, weaver and teacher at Meridian Jacobs Farm, in Vacaville, also sells yarn, fleece, felt, lambskin, hand-woven garments and blankets. “Fiber producers, users and designers may not know that there are sheep 10 miles away from them and they can get that fiber,” she says. Fibershed also promotes a Grow Your Jeans program, comprising area sourcing, dyeing and sewing of a limited run of jeans. While textile sustainability in any given region is developing, the organization recommends that residents mend, instead of discard, old clothes, swap clothing or buy used, while resisting marketing pressure to augment wardrobes every season to keep up with trends. Someday, we might be able to visit a nearby field where our clothing is grown. The Sustainable Cotton Project (SustainableCotton. org), based in Winters, California, conducts a Cleaner Cotton program that helps conventional growers transition to more sustainable practices using non-GMO varieties and integrated pest management practices to more gently solve ecological challenges. A big part of the challenge is to get the word out. “To get cleaner cotton to a spinner, someone has to request it,” says Executive Director Marcia Gibbs.

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hen Floyd yoga instructors Laura Polant and Shirleyann Burgess ďŹ rst came up with the idea of a yoga festival, it seemed like a far-fetched fantasy. But now, with the second Floyd Yoga Jam scheduled for August 30 through September 1, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only a reality but a great success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a hare-brained pipe dream we thought up in a yoga class at Shirleyannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio [Living Light Yoga Studio],â&#x20AC;? Polant says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it in Floyd, who will?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And the response has been overwhelming.â&#x20AC;? A three-day extravaganza of yoga, speakers, music, healthful food and family fun, Yoga Jam offers something for everyone, Polant says, whether they are longtime or beginning yoga practitioners, or whether they simply want to experience a fun weekend of activities, relaxing and gathering with friendly people. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will feature more than 30 yoga teachers, 35 hours of workshops and 18 bands. There will be more kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities as well, including a sandbox, jugglers and dance instruction, as well as a variety of yoga classes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a big family and community party,â&#x20AC;? Polant says. One goal is to keep the event affordable for individuals and families. Children under 16 are free. Held at the Burnette Farm, outside Floyd, the Yoga Jam also offers primitive, on-site camping for no cost. Last year the

festival drew about 1,250 attendees, 700 of whom were campers, from eight states. This year, about 2,000 people from at least 10 states are expected. This year there are more activities, including an expanded KidsVille and an Art Village for creating community art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often get the chance to make art themselves,â&#x20AC;? Polant explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Here theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not just seeing and buying art. They get to make it.â&#x20AC;? This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art theme is prayer ďŹ&#x201A;ags. The image came to mind last year when Polant and Burgess were watching people practicing yoga in the meadow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone was moving in unison as the instructor led the practice, and it reminded us of prayer ďŹ&#x201A;ags, how they ďŹ&#x201A;utter in the wind,â&#x20AC;? Polant says. In the Art Village this year thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a free station for each visitor to get a square of cloth, write down prayers and wishes for the universe, add decorations and tie the ďŹ&#x201A;ags together. Floyd Yoga Jam also has increased its green efforts. This year, the event is providing free, local, â&#x20AC;&#x153;wonderful Floyd County waterâ&#x20AC;? to all participants to keep the trash level low. Attendees are invited to bring their own bottles and jugs, and larger containers if they are camping. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to have to sell two-dollar bottles of plastic water,â&#x20AC;? Polant says. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all part of what she calls the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mashed grass initiative.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;All we want to leave behind is mashed

grass: no soap in the creek, no trash, no plastic bottles,” she says. “We support that backwoods ethic: ‘Take only memories and leave only footprints.’” Those who don’t bring their own cups and bottles can purchase a “sili-pint,” the official festival cup made of silicon and oxygen. Designed by chemical engineers, these cups are non-reactive, which means that there is no leaching of chemicals into liquids. The five-dollar cups also entitle owners to discounts on festival beverages. The special feeling of the event was epitomized last year when, despite the gloomy forecast, no rain fell. Huge, dark clouds simply rolled past the site, and afterward, there was a double rainbow—and another the next morning. Polant heard one man say, “This place is surrounded by rainbows.”

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“Life-affirming and life-changing things were happening all over the place,” Polant says, such as healthy exercise, new and renewed friendships, physical and emotional healing, and people who simply tried new things. She has a photo of one of the security guards, a local deputy, who tried a “slack line,” a type of yoga on a tightrope. “There he is in the photo, balancing with one hand in the air, in his uniform and with his gun,” Polant says. “We all praised him. Those are the barriers we’re trying to break down, and those boys loved it. They were just so beautiful.” All weekend long, people thanked the deputies—as well as the organizers, instructors, vendors and musicians—for their contributions. Overall, Polant says, the feeling of the event is one of peace and happiness. “We all have more in common than what divides us,” she adds. “We’re just one big human family.” Cost: Varies; see website for details. Kids under 16 are free. For more information, visit

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Good Food on a Tight Budget Tips to Get Top Value from Each Dollar by Kathleen Barnes


or many, the recent economic downturn has affected the way we shop for food. Even families that cook dinner at home most nights are struggling to afford the ingredients to make healthy meals, says Laura Seman, a senior manager for Cooking Matters, a national program that educates families in need about reaping the most from local food resources. “Putting good food on the family

table on a five-or-six-dollar-a-day per person budget is tough, but it’s possible,” advises Nutritionist Dawn Undurraga, a registered dietitian and coauthor of the Environmental Working Group’s online publication, Good Food on a Tight Budget. “Even eating for one is doable for under $200 a month. When you fill your cart with the foods listed, you’re building health, lowering exposure to agricultural chemicals, protecting the environment and cutting grocery bills.” In considering how consumers can maximize nutritional value in their spending, researchers examined 1,200 foods to help people get beyond the common perception that eating healthy is expensive. “We looked at food prices, nutrients, pesticides, environmental pollutants and artificial ingredients,” says Undurraga. “Then we chose the top 100 or so, based on balancing all of those factors.”

Think Outside the Box Some of the EWG findings might surprise many of us: Raw cabbage is the top-ranked food because of its price and high nutritional value as a cruciferous vegetable. For less than 10 cents a serving, it poses far fewer calories than potatoes and is a worthy addition to salads, soups and stir-fries.


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The next highest marks for price and nutrition spotlight carrots, bananas, pears, watermelon and frozen broccoli, each at less than 30 cents a serving. Bananas and pears usually cost less than apples, plus they customarily endure fewer pesticide applications. The best animal protein award goes to roasted turkey; hot dogs ranked last. The next-best animal protein identified is a whole chicken, roasted at the beginning of the week and used in various ways for future meals. Fresh, whole carrots and sweet potatoes are among the best produce buys, but frozen corn and broccoli almost always cost less than their fresh equivalents and are just as nutritious. A serving of oatmeal is half the cost of sugary processed cereals, plus it’s more filling and causes less fluctuation in blood sugar levels. Canned salmon is almost always wild caught and is much cheaper than fresh, but be wary of BPA (bisphenol-A) migration from the can. Queso blanco, a mild, soft, white cheese common in Latino cooking, is both less expensive and less processed than many other cheeses.

Change Our Routine Tracie McMillan, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, author of the bestselling book, The American Way of Eating, learned how to eat on a tight budget as an undercover journalist. She had to budget for food based on wages working on a farm in California, in the produce department of a Michigan superstore and in a New York City restaurant kitchen. The task was even more difficult because she was determined to eat as healthy as possible. “Time and energy are key ingredients when cooking from scratch,” says McMillan. “I was exhausted after a day spent working these physically demanding jobs and quickly became more apathetic about healthy food than I generally am.”

Without disposable funds for the fast-food route, cooking from scratch was mandatory. She learned how to soak beans overnight, cook a large pot of them and freeze helpings to reheat later. The cost was about 50 cents a meal, compared with $3 for two or three servings from a can. Eggs, brown rice and sweet potatoes became an important—and healthy— part of her weekly diet. McMillan also gained a lasting affection for roasted vegetables, both as part of meals and as snacks. “I just cut up a couple of sweet potatoes, add some broccoli or beans

or whatever is cheap at the supermarket or farmers’ market, toss in a tablespoon of olive oil and I’m set for two or three days,” she says. Also, “I learned to use meat more as a seasoning than as a main course.” Find more tips and pages of recipes at Kathleen Barnes has authored many books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at

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Kid-Smart Supplements The Right Choices Help Children Thrive by Pamela Bond


s youngsters head back to the classroom, parents can get their children off to a smart start by giving them key supplements. Here are some experts’ top picks.


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Build Brains Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Because the brain’s nerve cell membranes are made of fat, ingesting a healthy fat—DHA—helps them stay lithe and limber enough to successfully fire off neurotransmitters, sharpening kids’ mental abilities. “Attention, focus, processing efficiency, memory—they’re all dependent on cells working effectively, and DHA will help,” says Randall Neustaedter, a doctor of Oriental medicine and author of The Holistic Baby Guide. A contemporary study published in Clinical Pediatrics found that 4-yearolds that ingested 400 mg a day of DHA for four months showed improvement in listening comprehension and vocabulary acquisition skills. Because finding an effective dose of pure DHA (at least 300 mg a day) can be difficult, Dr. Robert Rountree, co-author of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, recommends administering liquid fish oil in a daily child’s dose of 800 to 1,500 mg at a ratio of 60 percent eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to 40 percent DHA. “Antiinflammatory EPA can help allergies and inflammation from colds and other viruses kids get,” explains Neustaedter.

Algae can be a vegetarian substitute for fish oil, Neustaedter continues, but it contains only DHA, not EPA. Another vegetarian option, echium oil, internally converts to EPA at a one-to-one level, but not to DHA. Flaxseed oil is mostly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which converts to DHA and EPA at a rate of only 3 to 7 percent. Phosphatydylserine (PS). This form of fat facilitates communication among brain cells. “It’s a natural substance your brain makes,” notes Neustaedter. Already highly regarded for its ability to enhance memory performance in older adults, it may also improve attention, concentration, learning, behavior and school performance in youngsters. PS is found in small amounts in foods like eggs and soy. Therefore, Neustaedter recommends dietary supplementation of 100 mg a day for children that could use a brain booster. The best PS supplements are made from soy.

Improve Immunity Vitamin D. “It’s my top immune supplement choice for most children,” says Rountree. The vitamin is crucial for triggering the body’s natural immune system to react to and fight off infections. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that daily 1,200 international unit (IU) supplements of vitamin D3 reduced cases of seasonal flu in schoolchildren by more than 40 percent. Neustaedter recommends that school-aged children supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day. Unlike D2, D3 is natural and nontoxic, he says. Probiotics. These “friendly” bacteria help reestablish beneficial intestinal flora to both assist digestion and immunity. “Eighty percent of the immune system is produced in the small intestine,” says Neustaedter. “Having a healthy small intestine will lead to a healthy immune system. Probiotics will go a long way to accomplishing that.”

Rountree recommends children receive a mixture of lactobacilli and biďŹ dobacteriaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at least 15 billion colony-forming units a day. A study by an international team published in Pediatrics showed that probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of fevers, coughs, runny noses and other infections in young children. Elderberry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If kids get frequent colds, elderberry can be helpful,â&#x20AC;? notes Neustaedter, who suggests that children take such extracts according to label instructions for acute sickness during the cold and ďŹ&#x201A;u season. He considers it a worthy antiviral and immune system stimulant. Elderberryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immune-boosting potential may be due to its ability to enhance antioxidant activity. Several studies, including one issued by the National Institutes of Health, have shown that black elderberry extract may shorten the duration of a bout of ďŹ&#x201A;u.

Soothe Stress Magnesium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If kids have a hard time turning their minds off and going to sleep, calcium and magnesium will help,â&#x20AC;? Neustaedter advises. As a calming mineral, magnesium trumps calcium; because kids tend to need more calcium for their bones, the two nutrients are usually given together, adds Rountree. He recommends that children take 100 to 300 mg of magnesium daily, depending on their age and weight. Lemon balm (melissa ofďŹ cinalis). To soothe anxiety, Rountree points to lemon balm as safe and gentle, yet effective. St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital, in Madison, Wisconsin, reports that researchers have found that lemon balm, in combination with other herbs like valerian, may ease restlessness, anxiety and sleep disorders. Kids can drink one to two cups of freshly brewed tea daily. For a tasty and convenient option, substitute glycerites; tinctures that use glycerin to extract the active constituents from herbs. Pamela Bond is the managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser and former editor-in-chief of Delicious Living magazine.

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CANCER A Brave New World of Effective Natural Therapies by Linda Sechrist


usan Silberstein takes her message for preventing cancer and recurrences to medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities from her headquarters in Richboro, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit organization provides research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. Since 1977, it has helped nearly 30,000 cancer patients and more than 50,000 prevention seekers. “Early detection is better than late detection, but it’s not prevention,” says Silberstein, who taught the psychology of health and disease at Pennsylvania’s


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Immaculata University. “We focus on building up patients—minimizing treatment side effects, enhancing immune system function, improving nutritional status and addressing the reasons for sickness in the first place.” “Conventional medicine never addresses the cause, which is a process that needs to be understood so the individual can turn it off,” elaborates Massachusetts Institute of Technologytrained scientist Raymond Francis, author of Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer. Based on his experience beating cancer and research into cellular biochemistry and molecular biology, he concluded that the disease is a biological process that

affects the entire body, not something that can be cut out, killed or poisoned. “Central to healing and prevention is the elimination of things that fuel the growth of cancer cells, such as sugar, toxins, heavy metals, nutrient-deficient processed foods and an acidic environment in the body,” observes Francis. “Regular exercise, a daily, high-quality multivitamin and detoxification are equally crucial to restoring the body’s biological terrain.” Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger, founder of and host of CancerAnswers.TV and Cancer Winner Radio, recommends both a regular detoxification regimen and ongoing healthy nutritional plan to help maintain a healing alkaline environment. While this helps cleanse the body of environmental toxins, the toxic emotions and stress that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate, must also be dealt with. Experts generally agree on a range of basic, commonsense preventive measures that include a low-fat, plant-based diet; aerobic, flexibility and strength exercises; healthy sleep habits; and other stress-reducing activities. “These are basic ingredients for maintaining sound health, and can be crucial toward improving the health of an individual with cancer,” says Dr. Keith Block, the “father of integrative oncology,” and author of Life Over Cancer. He founded The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, in Skokie, Illinois, that customizes care plans based on each person’s medical, biochemical, physical, nutritional and psychosocial needs.

Nourish Biochemistry Thousands of cancer patients have outlived their “medical expiration date” by using alternative nontoxic treatments and approaches, many of which are documented in Outsmart Your Cancer, by Tanya Harter Pierce. Lou Dina, a cancer survivor who like Francis, underwent a journey of intensive research, became a patient advocate and authored Cancer: A Rational Approach to Long-Term Recovery. Dina speaks at conventions hosted by the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT), founded in 1971 by Ruth Sackman. He also appears with

“When it comes to one’s lifetime risk of cancer, healthy diet and lifestyle choices can make all the difference.” ~ Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder and president of the Center for Advancement in Cancer Education other survivors in the FACT documentary based on Sackman’s book, Rethinking Cancer: Non-Traditional Approaches to the Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer. From decades of findings by international clinicians, FACT educates practitioners and patients to view chronic degenerative diseases as systematic malfunctions caused by breakdowns in the balance of body chemistry that are subject to bio-repair. However manifested, they are viewed as correctable and controllable via an individualized program that includes a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed, organic foods— spurred by Gerson therapy that floods the body with organically grown nutrients—supplementation and detoxification. Other key measures involve body temperature therapy, cellular and stem cell therapies and the use of botanicals. “Nutrients in food directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread,” explains Block. “They also indirectly impact cancer by changing the surrounding biochemical conditions that either promote or inhibit the progression of malignant disease. This is why targeting only tumors is not enough to quash cancer. Conventional cancer therapies almost inevitably leave behind at least a small number of malignant cells. Your internal biochemical terrain plays an integral role in determining whether a tumor will regain a foothold after treatment, metastasize to distant sites or stay where it is without posing a threat.” Block notes that a healthy biochemistry can help prevent unpleasant and possibly life-threatening, complications. An anti-cancer biochemical terrain will even boost a patient’s overall quality of life. At the Block Center, detailed assessments identify disruptions in six defining features of patients’ biochemical terrain—oxidation, inflammation, immunity, blood coagulation, glycemia and stress chemistry. Cancer thrives on terrain disruptions, which also can impair treatment.

Focus on High-Impact Foods Kathy Bero, founder of NuGenesis Inc., in Stone Bank, Wisconsin, asks, “How many other lives could be saved if doctors prescribed a diet primarily focused on plant-based, angiogenic-inhibiting foods for all cancer patients?” Angiogenesis is the development of new blood vessels. Cancer turns the body against itself by hijacking the angiogenesis process and keeping it permanently activated, ensuring that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply. “To effectively prevent cancer, inflammation and angiogenesis need to be controlled before a tumor can get a foothold,” advises Bero. Bero has personally beaten back two unrelated aggressive forms of cancer and credits the angiogenic-inhibiting foods in clinical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Examples include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. “These foods also played a significant role in strengthening my immune system and restoring my overall health, which was radically affected by many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation,” remarks Bero.

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He maintains that restrained medical interventions, appropriate nutrition and naturopathic approaches can bolster nonspecific natural defense mechanisms to reverse the underlying cause of the disease. “Nutrition and traditional oncology treatments are synergistic, not antagonistic, as many oncologists believe,” advises Quillin. Glenn Sabin, founder of FON Therapeutics, similarly suggests that multiinterventional, outcome-based studies, akin to Dr. Dean Ornish’s approach to prostate cancer, could greatly benefit conventional oncology. Sabin recounts his Harvard Medical School-documented remission of advanced leukemia in his upcoming book, N-of-1: How One Man’s Triumph Over Terminal Cancer is Changing the Medical Establishment. Sabin turned to therapeutic nutrition, neutraceuticals, stress reduction and exercise to become a 22-year cancer “thriver” without the aid of conventional therapies. He also emphasizes the importance of the psychological and psychosocial aspects of healing with the cancer patients he coaches. “If you don’t have your head in the game, it’s hard to make anything else work for you,” counsels Sabin.

Understand the Connection Silberstein and other leading physicians, including Dr. Tien-Sheng Hsu, a Chinese psychiatrist and author of the Secret to Healing Cancer; Dr. Jingduan Yang, a board-certified psychiatrist and founder and medical director of the Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine; and Seeger, believe that the mind and spirit play a significant role in healing. “Cancer begins in the spirit and ends up in the body, which is why I


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“I talk to people who do all the right things to improve their biochemistry, but without an emotional detox and spiritual connection to something larger than themselves, their healing process tends to stall.” ~ Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger recommend that anyone positively diagnosed read the Cancer Report,” remarks Silberstein. Cancer Report, co-written by John R. Voell and Cynthia A. Chatfield, discusses psychoneuroimmunology and the powerful role that the mind, emotions and spirit play in contributing to or resisting disease and healing even the most terminal of cancers ( VoellCancerReport). Yang and Hsu, who also use acupuncture protocols, believe illness is a reflection of inner problems that disrupt the body’s naturally powerful immune system. “Cancer is a symptom delivering a message: You need to take better care of yourself—emotionally, chemically, physically and spiritually,” says Yang. As a faculty member of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Yang sees firsthand how few patients understand that the trauma of a diagnosis and treatment can reactivate past traumas, unre-

solved issues, blockages and repressed emotions. Both he and Hsu offer mind/ body/spirit interventions to help patients cope better. “I talk to people who do all the right things to improve their biochemistry, but without an emotional detox and spiritual connection to something larger than themselves, their healing process tends to stall,” Seeger observes. Her online talk shows feature long-term cancer survivors like Dr. Carl Helvie, author of You Can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions. “It all comes down to the microcosm of the cell. If we give our 73 trillion cells everything they need, the macrocosm of the body will function properly,” says Francis. The authors of Cancer Killers, Dr. Charles Majors, Dr. Ben Lerner and Sayer Ji, agree. Up till now, they attest that the war on cancer has been almost exclusively an assault on the disease, rather than an enlightened preventive campaign that clearly identifies and counters how cancer develops. “The battle can only be won by instructing people in how to boost their body’s immune responses to kill cancer cells before they face a full-blown diagnosis and showing them how to aggressively address the hostile exterior agents that turn healthy cells cancerous.” The best winning strategy is to naturally nurture a body—structurally, chemically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually—so that the inner terrain naturally kills cancer cells and stops them from growing. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for the recorded interviews.

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Looking around us, we see plastic everywhere. “The biggest lesson since I started is the joy of less—of buying less stuff and making do with what I already have.”


esides the customary food and product packaging, plus store bags, consider all the nooks and crannies of our lives that plastic now permeates: eating utensils; baby and pet toys; computer keyboards and accessories; pens; eyeglasses; athletic footwear; backpacks; lighters; beauty care and pill containers; household cleaning bottles; ice cube trays; shaving razors; tool handles; hairbrushes and toothbrushes—even some facial scrubs, shampoos and chewing gum. Beth Terry, author of Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Habit and How You Can Too, points out compelling reasons to take personal action. In 2007, this Oakland, California, resident saw a photo of the decomposed carcass of a Laysan albatross riddled with plastic bits in an article on water pollution. “For several seconds, I could not breathe,” she writes. This seminal mo-

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ment led her to further research, by which she realized, “This plague of plastic chemicals is harming everyone, and especially the most vulnerable members of our planet—children and animals—and that is both unacceptable and unfair.” She’s been working on going plastic-free ever since. “I made a game of it; a fun, creative, step-by-step challenge,” she advises. “You can’t go through the house and think you can get rid of all plastic immediately. As items get used up, you’ll find alternatives.” Once we are in the habit of staying alert to the plastic

Science Sounds the Alarm In 2011, Harvard School of Public Health researchers made news by discovering that consuming one serving of canned food daily for five days led to significantly elevated urinary levels of bisphenol-A (BPA). This plastic and epoxy resin ingredient is found in the liners of many food and drink cans and sometimes in plastic bottles. It’s known to be a serious endocrine disrupter. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, altered functions of reproductive organs and other ailments have been linked to high BPA levels in several studies, including one cited in Endocrine Reviews journal. The Manchester Guardian also recently reported that the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety has stated that an unborn baby’s exposure to BPA through the mother could be linked to many health problems, including breast cancer later in life. When plastics are subjected to stress—like heat, light or age—undisclosed additives used in their production for strength, flexibility and color can leach out and even contaminate lab results, as the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry found. Such chemicals can migrate into our digestive systems and through our skin; they can also off-gas into the air, according to a recent study by Weber State University’s Energy & Sustainability Office, in Ogden, Utah. Plus, unrecycled plastic materials can enter waterways and kill marine life through ingestion or entanglement (ocean garbage patches are major examples). Reducing our own plastic footprint can both safeguard family health and

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Play Together Stay Together Teamwork Strengthens Family Ties by Randy Kambic


he adage that a family that plays together stays together is more valid than ever. Yes, healthy individual sports are good, but recreational activities that involve the whole family deliver bonus benefits—from more exercise for more people to fierce, yet fun bonding that affords fresh opportunities and makes memories worth revisiting.

Sample Scores Baseball expands the father-andson tradition of tossing a ball back and forth and turns a yard or local park into the family’s own Field of Dreams. Go inclusive and offer mitts to other family members, as well. Anyone not into throwing and catching can still participate by running around those that are passing the ball. Basketball hoop shooting can be as loose or structured as participants like. A game known as Horse provides fun for family and friends. When someone scores a basket, others take their shot from the same spot on the court; those that miss are assigned a “penalty” letter of the word. In consecutive rounds, each player that reaches the complete word is eliminated until only one (that day’s winner) remains.


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Bicycling beats a drive around town; it’s heart-friendly in more ways than one. Pedaling sustains satisfying group interaction, joyful aerobic exercise and a healthier planet. Local club rides and charity events add zest. For bicycle-friendly states, user tips, events and information on local clubs, check, USA and Disc golf moves the recreational pastime of Frisbee-tossing to an intriguing level of competitive accuracy and wholebody exercise. Participants toss a flying disc toward and eventually into a raised basket at the end of each “hole” at a special course; the player with the fewest total tosses (like a golfer with the fewest total strokes) after nine or 18 holes wins. Backyard putters practice getting closest to the pin and in. For more information, including local courses for this fast-growing sport, visit Tennis for four is perfect for Mom, Dad and two offspring to strengthen skills and relationships via doubles play. Strategizing between partners engages teamwork and laughter. Many nearby public parks or school courts are open in the summer. For tips or updates on local leagues, visit

According to Make Physical Activity a Family Event, a recent study sponsored by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, “Participating in family physical activities helps children gain life skills, as well as health benefits,” such as learning teamwork, leadership skills and quality decision-making. Other positive aspects cited include appreciating sportsmanship, positive role modeling and strengthening intrafamily relationships. The study further recommends noncompetitive family activities to round out the potential for whole-family benefits. Working in the yard, group scavenger hunts, early morning calisthenics before work and school, walking the dog and volunteering at a local shelter all make the grade.

Two Trending Activities Since establishing its first stroller fitness franchise in San Francisco 12 years ago, Baby Boot Camp (, headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, has been maximizing and expanding moms’ predilection for taking their newborn out for a walk or light run. One-hour classes led by nationally certified fitness experts prompt group stroller power walks, as well as strength- and interval-training sessions, predominantly at malls and recreation centers. “It’s not just about reducing weight. We inspire mothers to know that it’s possible for them to become even stronger and fitter after having a child than they were before,” says founder and CEO Kristen Horler. “It also provides a larger sense of community, a glue that holds them together and keeps them coming back.” Recently, many of the 150-plus franchises in 25 states, (especially prevalent in California, Florida, New York and Texas), began offering free Saturday sessions for dads. Yoga facilities are also engaging extended family members. One example is Bloom Retreat; originally founded as a mother-and-child community center in Walnut Creek, California, it now offers couples yoga. “Practicing yoga together offers another way to physically play and communicate,” observes founder and owner Michelle Long. In family sessions, poses include all family members holding hands while balancing on one foot, and touching knees during sitting poses.

Young adults often credit their parents as their sports or fitness role models. ~ Association for Applied Sport Psychology “Some children are a little threatened by competitive sports, even though others feed on it. When they see this is different, they find a calmer center within themselves. They also see another interesting side of their parents,” remarks Long. Kids’ yoga birthday parties are also on the upswing. Overall, when it comes to ways for eliciting healthy family recreation, the more, the merrier. Randy Kambic, a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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hildren today spend an average of six hours each day in front of computers and TVs but less than four minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play. makes it easy to get kids (and adults) outside. There’s something about fresh air and time spent outside that really brings a family together. Here are a few ideas to connect not only with family but with Mother Nature as well. Throw lunch in a backpack and hike to McAfee Knob, the most photographed point along the Appalachian Trail. This challenging hike is seven miles round-trip, but the 270-degree panoramic view is well worth the effort. Rent bicycles and explore the Roanoke River Greenway. This flat, paved path parallels the Roanoke River and affords plenty of opportunities to explore, whether it’s splashing in the water, playing on a playground or climbing in the new River Rock Climbing Gym by the river in the Wasena neighborhood. After each adventure, celebrate with a refreshment at HITS (Homemade Ice Cream, Treats, Smoothies and Shaved Ice) Frozen Treats, on Piedmont Street. Visit the second largest municipal park in the U.S., Carvins Cove Nature Reserve (12,700 acres). Rent a kayak, paddleboat or row boat and explore the 800-acre lake or hike more than 40 miles on the trails. Either way, it’s easy to fall in love with Carvins. The Roanoke Valley is known for its many outdoor opportunities. Try something new today! Pete Eshelman is the director of outdoor branding for Roanoke Regional Partnership. For more information, visit

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 Peace Making Skills – 6:30-7:00pm. An interactive question and answer session that offers skills in deep listening, basic conflict resolution, compassionate assertiveness, team building, the neuropsychology of conflict, conflict coaching, leadership, dealing with difficult people, and emotional processing. Grandin Gardens, 1731 Grandin Rd., Roanoke. 540-989-0393 or 540- 556-0825.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 Catawba Valley Farmers Market – 3:30-7:00pm. Great selection of fresh, locally-grown vegetables, herbs, flowers, meats, eggs, ready-to-eat foods and handicrafts. Catawba Community Center, 4965 Catawba Creek Rd. (off Rt. 311 near the Homeplace Restaurant and General Store), Catawba. Annual Air Head Rally – TBA. Through August 10. Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista. 540-261-7321. Second Runway – 5-9pm. The evening will feature a high energy runway fashion, a social with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, the opportunity to bid on fantastic Silent Auction items, and a shopping extravaganza with Goodwill. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Avenue, SW, Roanoke. 540-581-0620 ext. 227. Order tickets online at

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6:30pm. Bring your own picnic down to scenic Boxerwood Center and Woodland Gardens for a day of toetappin’ music that the entire family will be sure to enjoy! Boxerwood NatureCenter & Woodland Garden, 963 Ross Rd., Lexington. 540-463-2697.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Rhythm of Birth Holistic Child Birth Preparation Workshop – 10am-Noon. Workshop will teach pain coping practices and mindful eating practices during pregnancy. $5 - owners; $10 - others. Roanoke Natural Foods Coop, 1319 Grandin Rd, Roanoke. 540-343-5652.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 Downtown Moneta Rock the Block – 6-9pm. Live music, adult beverages and great food. Free. Downtown Moneta, Rt. 122 South, Moneta. 540-297-7777.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Lexington Sidewalk Sale – 10am-5pm. Through Saturday, August 17. Grab your shopping buddy and head to downtown Lexington for a weekend of special sales held only twice a year. Downtown Lexington. 540-463-5375. Wine 101 – 6:00-7:30pm. Join us for a summer wine tasting featuring selections from our beer & wine department. $5 - owners; $10 - others. Roanoke Natural Foods Coop, 1319 Grandin Rd, Roanoke. 540-343-5652. Dances of Universal Peace – 7:30pm. Please join in the celebration of peace and dancing in this easy and relaxing activity. Call Rachel Theo Maurelli if you have any questions - 540-556-2233. Love offering. Unity of Roanoke Valley, 3300 Green Ridge Rd, Roanoke (at the Woodhaven intersection). 540-562-2200.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 Meditation for Stress Relief – 9am. 30 minute silent meditation. Free; all are welcome. The Peace Practice, 3200 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg. 434-609-3437. Mindfulness Matters Discussion – 9:30-10:30am. Explore topics of mindfulness and meditation with comfortable chairs or floor cushions for all sessions. Free; all are welcome. The Peace Practice, 3200 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg. 434-609-3437. Bedford County Farm Tour – 10am-3pm. Learn about Bedford’s important agriculture - family-oriented tour. Free. Hickory HIll Vineyards and Winery, 1722 Hickory Cove Lane, Moneta. 540-586-7675. Lynchburg Chapter of the Monroe Institute (TMI) Meeting – 10:30am. Featuring Hemi-Synch meditation. Free; all are welcome. The Peace Practice, 3200 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg. 434-609-3437.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 Tomatolicious Dinner – 6:00-9:30pm. Heirloom tomatoes of all colors, stripes, flavors are featured in this height-of-tomato-season event. This event is always a sell out. Call for reservations. Local Roots - A Farm to

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 36th Annual Rockbridge Community Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9am3pm. Annual downtown ats and crafts festival sponsored by the Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees, Lexington Kiwanis club and the Lexington Rotary club. All funds benefit Rockbridge Area charities. Free. Main Street, Lexington. 540-460-5981. Celebration of Nations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2-8pm. Great international food, live music and kids activities. Downtown Moneta, Rt. 122 South, Moneta. 540-297-7777.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 Lee Carroll & Kryon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12-6pm. Lecture and Channeling: 15 book author/channel explores the world beyond our perception. Is it woo woo? Lee calls it physics. Is quantum info in our DNA? Have the indigenous tried to tell us something that got lost in Doom & Gloom predictions? $99 admission. Holiday Inn Lynchburg, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg. 910-352-7495.

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wednesday Hatha Yoga – 11am-12pm. Gentle yoga focusing on integration of body, mind, and spirit with instructor Colleen Carrell. No registration required and drop-ins are welcome. All ages, all levels. $10. Barefoot Studios, 16 Church Ave. (16 West Marketplace Bldg.), Roanoke. 540-761-5635. Wildlife Wednesday Cruises with Smith Mountain Lake State Park – 12-2pm. Boat boards at 11:30am. Fun-filled & informative lunch cruise with Virginia Dare Cruises. Each Wednesday in August. Virginia Dare Cruises, 3619 Airport Rd., Moneta. 540-2977100. Prayer and Meditation – Noon-12:20pm. These services are both a time for prayer and meditation. Add your energy to the peaceful environment of our chapel and be lifted up through the use of positive affirmations during this sacred time of prayer and focused attention. Unity of Roanoke Valley, 3300 Green Ridge Rd, Roanoke (at the Woodhaven intersection). 540562-2200. Monthly Dreamboards – 1-3pm. First Wednesday of every month. A simple, creative, and powerful way to set your intention for the month ahead with instructor Jane Rochelle. Teen through adult, all levels. $10. Barefoot Studios, 16 Church Ave. (16 West Marketplace Bldg.), Roanoke. 540-589-8231. Zen Meditation Group – 6-7pm. Meditation instruction is available. Stone Mountain Zendo, Christ Episcopal Church, 1101 Franklin Rd. SW, Roanoke. 540-345-5932. Meditation, Reading and Book Discussion – 6:30pm meditation; 7-8:30pm reading and book discussion. Visit website for current book. Valley Community Church, Divine Science, 5000 Carriage Dr, Roanoke. One block off Rt 419, behind McDonald’s at Oak Grove Plaza. 540-774-5512. 6-week Process Painting Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Expressive painting with a focus on listening to your inner guidance and intuition to bring higher peace, abundance, and resolution with Instructor Jane Barefoot Rochelle. Teen through adult, all levels. Limited to 12 participants. Workshop runs from September 12 through October 17. Register by September 10. $150; $10 early-registration discount through August 15. Barefoot Studios, 16 West Marketplace Bldg., 16 Church Avenue, Roanoke. 540-589-8231. Dolphin Way of Healing and Enlightenment – 7:00pm-8:30pm. (Beginning May 15th). Each week bestselling author, D. Takara Shelor, will introduce you to a new aspect of The Dancing Dolphin Way using teaching, tools, meditations, and other transformational technologies. $11. Lifestream Center, 2006 Windsor Ave., SW, Roanoke. 540-639-1633. takara@ New River Valley Unity Study Group – 7:309:00pm. Meditation, introspection and discussion. Free. Location varies. Call for details: Bev 540-7632410 or Betty 540-639-5739.

thursday 6-week Process Painting Workshop – 10am-12pm. Expressive painting with a focus on listening to your

inner guidance and intuition to bring higher peace, abundance, and resolution with Instructor Jane Barefoot Rochelle. Teen through adult, all levels. Limited to 12 participants. Workshop runs from September 12 through October 17. Register by September 10. $150; $10 early-registration discount through August 15. Barefoot Studios, 16 West Marketplace Bldg., 16 Church Avenue, Roanoke. 540-589-8231. Paddle & Pub Float – 5pm. Meet at the Riders Up! shop in Clifton Forge for a 2 hour paddle. Every Thursday through September. $20/person. Riders Up! Outfitters, 425 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge. 540-862-7999. Tai Chi – 5:30-6:30pm. Low impact “meditation in motion” focusing on relaxation, balance, and a sense of overall well-being with instructor Gloria Elliott. All ages, all levels. No registration required and drop-ins are welcome. Barefoot Studios, 16 West Marketplace Bldg., 16 Church Avenue, Roanoke. 540-632-2323. Stretch and Strengthen – 5:30-6:45pm. Gentle stretching to strengthen and invigorate body and soul. Led by Lauren Scott Jones, DC. Healing Catalyst, 7474 Lee Hwy, Kroger Shopping Ctr, Radford. 540639-4325. Laughter Yoga – 6:00-6:30pm. Laughter Yoga is held every first and third Thursday of the month. No experience required. Free. Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga, 2001 South Main Street, Suite 106, Blacksburg. 540-392-3723 or 540-544-6820. Mysore Yoga – 6:00-7:30pm. Deepen your experience of Yoga. Facilitated by Jeff Tiebout. $10/public; $5/students. Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga, 2001 South Main Street, Suite 106, Blacksburg. 540392-3723 or 540-544-6820. Roanoke Community Drum Circle – 7pm. Express yourself through rhythm. Free. Grandin Village, Courtyard of Raleigh Court Baptist Church, corner of Memorial Ave. and Grandin Rd., Roanoke. Sponsored by Plowshares, 214 Summit Way, Roanoke. 9890393.

friday Farmers Market – 7am-2pm. Bedford Farmers Market - open through October 30. Center and Washington Streets, Bedford. 540-586-2148. Vinyasa Flow Class – 9:30-10:45am. Class is open to all levels. Facilitated by Christina Adams, RYT. $10/public; $5/students. Blue Ridge Blue School of Massage and Yoga, 2001 South Main Street, Suite 106, Blacksburg. 540-392-3723 or 540-544-6820. A “Peachy” Open House – 12-5pm. Sample peaches, nectarines and apples that we make into wine. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our pavilion. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through August 18. Free. Peaks of Otter Winery, 2122 Sheep Creek Rd., Bedford. 540-586-3707. An Apple A Day Open House – 12-5pm. Enjoy the benefits of eating and sampling our many varieties of apples and taste Fruit of the Farm wine. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through September 1. Free. Peaks of Otter Winery, 2122 Sheep Creek Rd., Bedford. 540-586-3707.

2nd Fridays in Centertown Bedford – 5-8pm. Every 2nd Friday of each month through December 13. More than 30 local merchants and eateries staying open until 8pm or later for shopping, dining and exploring. Centertown Bedford. 540-586-2148. Monthly Community Potluck – 6:15pm. Bring a dish to share and enjoy! Third Friday of every month. Unity of Roanoke Valley, 3300 Green Ridge Rd, Roanoke (at the Woodhaven intersection). 540-5622200. Healing Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. First Friday of every month. No-touch or light-touch healing. Meets in the sanctuary. All are welcome. Unity of Roanoke Valley, 3300 Green Ridge Rd, Roanoke (at the Woodhaven intersection). 540-562-2200. Mankind Project: Men’s Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Second Friday of every month. Meets in the annex. Unity of Roanoke Valley, 3300 Green Ridge Rd, Roanoke (at the Woodhaven intersection). 540-5622200. Earth-Friendly Friday – 6:30-8pm. Second Friday each month. Bring a snack dish for sharing. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke, 2015 Grandin Rd, Roanoke. 540-384-7448.

saturday Forest Farmers Market – 8am-12pm. Virginia grown produce, meats, honey, flowers, breads and much more. Market open through October 26. Forest Farmers Market, Route 221 (behind the Forest Public Library), Forest. 434-665-5475. Zen Meditation Group – 9-10pm. Meditation instruction is available. Stone Mountain Zendo, Christ Episcopal Church, 1101 Franklin Rd. SW, Roanoke. 540-345-5932. Free Science-Based Natural Health Information – 10am-5pm. Second Saturday of each month. Drawings for free gift certificates, proven wellness information and great savings opportunities. The Well, 1764 Patriot Ln, Bedford. 540-587-9000; 877-THE-WELL. Monthly Silent Peace Vigil – Noon. Third Saturday of each month. All welcome. Downtown Roanoke City Market Building, 32 Market St., Roanoke. Sponsored by Plowshares, 214 Summit Way, Roanoke. 989-0393. Second Saturdays Music Jam – 6-9pm. May through September. Open musical jam session. Musicians with instruments enter for free; all others pay only $3. Call ahead for reservations to be put on the musicians list. Camp Karma, 2056 Stone Mountain Road, Bedford. 540-297-5762.

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540-230-7459 or 540-789-7808 Kangen Water® is a great way to increase hydration, balance body pH, obtain optimal health, neutralize free radicals, reduce pain and more. Change Your Water…Change Your Life ™. Call to begin a free three-week alkaline, antioxidant water challenge today. See ad, page 28.

Jean Cox, Founding Senior Group Leader 360-271-9525 Ground-floor business opportunity. Earn “green” while helping others go green with your own home-based business. Be among the first advisors in Virginia and help launch the East Coast. Incentive packages available to experienced leaders. Call for more information. See ad, page 15.

BODYWORK – ENERGY WORK BAREFOOT STUDIOS 16 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24011 540-589-8231 Healing touch assists with balancing your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and supports your natural ability to heal. Safe for all ages and works in harmony with standard medical care. See ad, page 28.

BUILDING – GREEN DESIGN/BUILD SOUTHERN HERITAGE HOMES 275 Corporate Dr., Rocky Mount, VA 24151 540-489-7700 Southern Heritage Homes is a family-owned business offering hybrid d constru construction that makes sense for your lifestyle, your budget and the planet. See ad, page 36.

BURIAL (GREEN) 5970 Grassy Hill Rd., Boones Mill, VA 24065 540-334-5398 Forest Rest is a natural cemetery where interments are made without burial vaults or common embalming chemicals. Wood tablets or native stones mark the graves. See ad, page 12.

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NRV METAPHYSICAL CHAPEL USWA Hall, 1410 W. Main St., Radford, VA 24141 540-922-2776 Teaching the religion of Divine Metaphysics that is based in Christianity and uses the philosophy of the Native Americans and Spiritualism along with the liturgy of Christianity. A diverse community where all are welcome. See ad, page 27.

VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH, DIVINE SCIENCE 5000 Carriage Dr., Roanoke, VA 24018 540-774-5512 Teaching practical, spiritual laws based on and found in the example and teachings of Jesus, as well as the Bible and other great wisdom literature. Through Divine Science teachings you can lead a life of joyful inner and outer satisfaction and serenity.





Rev. Linda Taylor 3300 Green Ridge Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019 540-562-2200 We are a vibrant, loving, spiritual community, demonstrating Christ consciousness, embracing diversity and inspiring personal transformation. Join us in co-creating a world that works for all! See ad, page 24.

COFFEE AND TEA RED ROOSTER COFFEE ROASTERS Haden Polseno-Hensley 117-B S. Locust St., Floyd, VA 24091 855-r0aster (855-702-7837) Coffee with a conscience: highest quality, certified organic, often fair-trade coffee, customroasted in small batches. Retail and wholesale, events, private label and gifts.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY HEALING CATALYST, LLC Dr. Lauren Scott Jones, DC 7474 Lee Hwy., Kroger/Radford Shopping Plaza, Radford, VA 24141 540-639-4325 With 30 years of experience in body mechanics and nutrition, Dr. Jones uses a medley of chiropractic health care, craniosacral therapy and her specially designed “Stretch and Strengthen Classes” to help speed you on your way to wellness. See ad, page 28.

DENTIST DR. C. FREDERICK SMITH, DDS 46 Shelor Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24502 434-237-6328 Providing the highest quality of dental care in a mercury-free environment, using safe and biocompatible dental materials. We practice safe removal of old mercury/silver (amalgam) fillings with the safe mercury/ silver filling removal protocol outlined by the International Academy of Oral Medicine, IAOMT. See ad, page 29.

ENERGY – ALTERNATIVE ENERGY RENEWABLE ENGINEERED SYSTEMS 855-241-7999 Solar power for your home is more affordable than you think. We provide outstanding quality and value in alternative energy applications for consumers seeing turn-key solutions. Enjoy relief from the escalating cost of fossil fuels. See ad, page 25.

ENERGY – CONSERVATION AND HVAC ENERGY CHECK 701 Progress St., Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-443-9966 Offering home energy audits and improvements. We help homeowners find opportunities to improve the health, comfort and efficiency of their homes. Serving the NRV, Roanoke and Smith Mountain Lake. We are BPI-certified and insured, VA Class A contractors. Specializing in windows, crawl spaces, air sealing and insulation. See ad, page 13.

J & J WEATHERIZATION 434-847-5487 With 30 years of experience in home energy performance, J&J Weatherization is a full-service company specializing in insulation, home energy conservation and efficiency. See ad, page 9.

FOOD – FARMS AND FARMERS MARKETS RIVERSTONE ORGANIC FARM Floyd, VA 24091 540-577-8218 RiverstoneOrganicFarm. com Offering organic produce and flowers and pastureraised lamb, pork and eggs. Find us at Blacksburg and Floyd farmers’ markets or sign up for a CSA farm share. See ad, page 19.

GARDEN AND LAWN BLUE RIDGE HYDROPONICS AND HOME BREWING COMPANY Williamson Road Plaza, 5327-D Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA 24012 540-265-2483 Everything you need to create an indoor growing environment. Hydroponic gardening, indoor lighting and nutrients. Cheese-making and home-brewing kits also available. See ad, page 25.



125 Akers Farm Rd., Ste. D, Christiansburg, VA 24073 540-381-6215

A blog site featuring articles and videos that will help you join the food and health revolution.

REV. KANTA BOSNIAK, CHT Life Coach and Wedding Officiant 540-577-8854 Coaching and guided imagery for weight loss, smoking cessation, intuition, life changes, confident interviews, career. Take positive thinking to a deeper level. Personalized and meaningful wedding ceremonies.

The Life in Balance team of therapists offers psychotherapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy, massage therapy, Reiki, yoga classes, creative movement and relaxation classes, meditation, workshops, classes and group therapy. See ad, page 13.

MULE HELL TRADING CO. 134 Frances Mill Rd., Cripple Creek, VA 24322 276-621-4741 Fine herbal handmade soaps and natural body-care products made at our soap studio in downtown Cripple Creek. We make more than 50 products that will feed your skin naturally!

HOME – CLEANING SUPPLIES CLEAN AND GREEN TECHNOLOGIES 160 Corning Dr. NE, Christiansburg, VA 24073 360-381-5983 Your source for natural cleaning and organic gardening products. Open Monday through Friday. Call for hours and directions. See ad, page 10.


HEALTH AND WELLNESS - COACHING ALEXANDRIA PEDERSON, CERTIFIED LIFE MASTERY COACH Seeing clients in person at Bioenergetic Chiropractic 1413 Grandin Rd., Roanoke, VA 24015 Mail: P.O. Box 4211, Roanoke, VA 24015 540-588-0788 Are you ready to live the life of your dreams? I use proven systems to guide you in taking the steps to be successful and manifest the life of your dreams. Why wait? Decide today to live it now! Individual or group sessions. See ad, page 25.




200 Professional Park Dr. #3, Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-230-6758 Your conventional medical care is blended with the wisdom of holistic medicine to give you the best possible health care. Specializing in holistic approaches to chronic health concerns. See ad, page 11.

Jean Cox, Founding Senior Group Leader 360-271-9525 Now you can care for your home with our innovative smart tools and just water or certified natural and organic products. Your home will be sparkling with no harsh chemical residues or fumes! See ad, page 15.

MASSAGE SCHOOLS BLUE RIDGE SCHOOL OF MASSAGE AND YOGA Colony Park, Ste. 106, 2001 S. Main St., Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-552-2177 Prepare for a meaningful, well-paid, flexible career in the growing profession of massage therapy. Gain excellent, varied bodywork skills and knowledge from experienced, caring instructors. Visit our website to learn more about programs, open house events and workshops or to complete an online application. (CTO SHEV) See ad, page 10.

MASSAGE AND BODYWORK REVITALIZE MASSAGE Debora H. Edwards Christiansburg, VA 540-641-1223 Feel better through massage therapy. Specializing in treating specific issues through Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, hot stone and couples massage. By appointment.

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Kristina Youker, NCMT 7474 Lee Hwy., Radford, VA 24141 540-558-9585

Dorothy Harrell, Pharmacist 4620 Lee Hwy., Dublin, VA 24084 540-674-0914

Whether you’re suffering from stress or sports-related injuries, The Willow Tree is designed to provide the ultimate experience in therapeutic massage and integrated health services.

Specializing in naturopathic consultation, natural therapies and hair analysis. Nature’s Specialist also keeps a stock of high-quality vitamins, herbs and nutritionals. Call for an appointment, or stop by to shop for supplements. See ad, page 24.



HOMESTEAD CREAMERY AND FARM MARKET 7254 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Wirtz, VA 24184 540-721-2045 Homestead Creamery products are minimally pasteurized and free of artificial hormones and antibiotics. Environmentally friendly, recycled glass bottles keep milk fresh longer. Milk, ice cream, yogurt, butter and non-homogenized cream line. Call for details about home delivery. See ad, page 6.

1319 Grandin Rd., Roanoke, VA 24015 1 Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011 540-343-5652 Virginia’s largest, cooperatively owned naturalfoods grocery store. Nutritious food choices and earth-friendly products. We support sustainable environmental practices, local organic farmers, local businesses and our community. See ad, page 22.

The largest selection of pet gifts, toys, beds and healthy foods and treats for all the special members of the family. Natural and holistic pet food, wild bird and garden supplies. See ad, page 35.


Roanoke-based 501c3 charity keeps two TONS of used school supplies out of the landfill every year. Since 1990 the group has traveled each summer to Belize to deliver supplies to three schools. Email, call or visit the website for more information about making donations.

CLEAN VALLEY COUNCIL Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave., Ste. 319, Roanoke, VA 24016 540-345-5523 A nonprofit organization serving the Roanoke Valley for more than 30 years. Providing educational programming and citizen participation events to spread the word about litter prevention, recycling, waste-stream reduction, storm-water pollution prevention and protecting our natural resources. The go-to resource for local recycling information.

1386 E. Main St., Salem, VA 24153 540-312-6141


Full-service hair salon. Organic hair coloring and perms that are made with certified organic extracts and natural ingredients that are 100-percent ammonia-free. Spa services include manicures, pedicure, facials and massage. Flexible appointments for busy schedules. See ad, page 29.

2502 Melrose Ave., Ste. A, Roanoke, VA 24017 540-581-0620



1386 E. Main St., Salem, VA 24153 540-312-6141

1764 Patriot Ln., Bedford, VA 24523 540-587-9000 The destination for natural health when looking for science-based information, superior products, herbal tinctures, supplements, natural foods, bulk foods, spices and teas. The Well has all of this and more. Your benefit is our business. See ad, page 11.

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3912 Brambleton Ave., Roanoke, VA 24018 540-989-8020







Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains in Craig County, Camp Easter Seals / United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) offers numerous options for your stay in a beautiful setting. Your group can participate in fun activities such as canoeing, hiking, enjoying bonfires, using the climbing wall, outdoor camping, fishing, swimming and indoor recreation.

We put your donations to work by dedicating 90 percent of our resources to providing services to the community. Donations entrusted to us are used to help people with disabilities and disadvantages overcome barriers to employment and achieve a level of independence in life. See ad, page 25.

REIKI BLUE RIDGE REIKI 4010 Riner Rd., Riner, VA 24149 540-267-5741 Offering Reiki and acupressure in beautiful Riner. Hands-on healing by a registered acupressure, Reiki and reflexology practitioner. Licensed and insured.






1314 Grandin Rd., Roanoke, VA 24015 540-206-2610


Roanokeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first true farm-to-table restaurant. Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and family-style supper. Full bar and wood-fire oven. Available for private parties, corporate events, celebrations and catering. See ad, page 15.

RIDE Solutions connects you to your transportation options with free regional carpool matching, bike commute support, transit assistance and employer services, all for free.


Marjorie M. Lewter, DVM 2401 S. Main St., Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-616-9247


Professional guidance for clients with many issues including vaccines, nutrition and special health problems. Geriatric care, cancer support and hospice care. Routine medical care for small animals, farm animals and horses. Integrative medicine including acupuncture, botanical medicines, chiropractic and homeopathy. Discover the power of holistic medicine. See ad, page 27.



P.O. Box 19825, Asheville, NC 28815 540-344-2700 / 877-235-3684

Lori Leonard, BS, DVM, LFHOM 8908 Village Hwy., Concord, VA 24538 434-993-2403

Offering socially and environmentally responsible investment management for individuals, nonprofits and business retirement plans, with an office in Roanoke. We help you to align your investments with your values.

Discover methods of support and comfort for your beloved animals. For 20 years we have offered homeopathy and other holistic modalities as well as conventional veterinary care. New patients welcome!

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Your best source for healthy and natural pet foods and treats. The largest selection of pet gifts, toys, beds, wild bird, pond and garden supplies.

3912 Brambleton Ave. Roanoke, VA 24018 540-989-8020

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Hybrid construction that makes sense . . . for your lifestyle, your budget, and for the planet.

Visit our

Country Living Cabin located 4 miles north of Floyd on Rt. 8 (2107 Webbs Mill Rd.)

40th Anniversary Open House

at the Country Living Cabin July 27, 2013 10am-4pm

Live music with the Lonesome Cowboy Drifters at 11:30. Hot dogs & drinks Tour the Cabin Talk to the designers Meet the builders TOUR our modular home located 4 miles north of Floyd on Rt. 8 (2107 Webbs Mill Rd.)

Call for an appointment to tour the Country Living Cabin anytime! Celebrating 40 years!

SOUTHERN HERITAGE HOMES 275 Corporate Drive Rocky Mount, VA 24151 (540) 489-7700

FLOYD, VA (540) 392-4670

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