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Montgomery County Approves Smoking Ban for Multi-Family Residences

Montgomery County Approves Smoking Ban for Multi-Family Residences

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

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

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

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

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.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Annual Farm Tour & Harvest Sale

Annual Farm Tour & Harvest Sale


Montgomery County will celebrate its agricultural heritage, promote local farms, and indulge in seasonally fresh food during the 22nd Annual Farm Tour and Harvest Sale.  All farms will be open Saturday July 23, with most also participating on Sunday July 24, 2011.  Farms will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This event will take place rain or shine.  However, if it rains, some events and activities scheduled at the farms may be delayed or cancelled. 

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Earns Gold Medal



Rockville, MD – Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is the only hospital in Maryland to earn the Gold Medal award for quality care provided to critically ill newborns from the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) Neonatal Collaborative.

Twenty-six hospitals in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia participate in the Neonatal Collaborative, which strives to


Favorite Fridays: What's Your Favorite Lunch Spot in Bethesda? Take our Poll!


Every Friday I will feature a favorite place or item of mine and then have a poll to get your feedback.

On June 10th, I stopped by my preferred lunch spot, Sweetgreen on Bethesda Avenue, for a quick and healthy Santorini Salad (440 calories).

I have tried a few of their signature salads including: The Bondi, Curry Gold, and the most popular Guacamole Greens, but for summer I feel that the Santorini, with chopped romaine lettuce, roasted shrimp, feta cheese, grapes, fresh mint, chickpeas; topped with a fresh lemon squeeze is by far the best. The mint and lemon create a zesty flavor with no added sugar for the calorie conscious.

I occasionally get the cucumber basil yogurt dressing on the side in case I want to liven it up a bit; but trust me the lemon squeeze is all you need and you will save 100 calories!

Bethesda Fresh Farm Market This Saturday!

Bethesda Fresh Farm Market This Saturday!

Start your weekend right by visiting The Bethesda FRESHFARM Market, Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm. The market returns for its second season, featuring meat, artisan cheeses, breads, pastries, pies and all the fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers and producers on Norfolk Ave. at Veteran's Park. Enjoy live music and cooking demonstrations by the area's top chefs. Located within walking distance of the Bethesda metro stop, this farmers market is the perfect start to your Saturday morning. 

 The market is run in partnership with the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

Farmers/Producers include:

Black Rock Orchard, Four Season's Nursery, Garden Path Farm, Gunpowder Bison and Trading Company, Knouse Fruitlands, Mocks Greenhouse, Praline Bakery, Spiral Path Farm, The Zahradka Farm