Interested in Healthy Eating?

Healthy Eating in a Beautiful Space on the Corner

We enjoyed a perfect lunch at Roots Natural Kitchen on Saturday, June 13 – Excellent food, friendly folks, a beautiful atmosphere; all combined with a mission to keep us healthy and support the UVa Children’s Hospital.


UVa Today: U.Va. Grads’ New Corner Restaurant Serves Healthy Food With a Mission (

Free Skin Cancer Screening – Saturday, May 10 – Trade your old baseball cap or visor for a new sun hat

Sun!If you love to be outside in this beautiful, sunny weather, please be aware that excess exposure to UV radiation can cause lasting damage which may lead to skin cancer.  Remember your sunblock, sunglasses, and hat!    Even when the weather is cool and cloudy, you need sun protection.

UVa Health System, Primary Care, Dermatology is offering a FREE skin cancer screening on Saturday, May 10, 8 am to 12 pm –  Register 434-270-0901

 It just might  save your life!

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Virginia Historic Garden Week Tours at UVa


Garden Week Features April 29 Tours, Talk at U.Va.

The public is invited to enjoy a talk and visit U.Va.’s gardens and pavilions as the University participates on Tuesday, April 29, in Virginia Historic Garden Week. Visitors can tour pavilions on the West Lawn of the Academical Village and also participate in tours of the pavilion gardens; those interested in tours can meet on the Lawn side of the Rotunda steps at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. In addition, Carr’s Hill, the home of U.Va.’s eighth president, Teresa A. Sullivan, and her husband, Douglas Laycock, will be open from noon to 4 p.m. The home is located on the hill above the corner of Rugby Road and University Avenue.

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Hottest New Accessory for Health? Your Microbiome — University of Virginia Health System – Live Red

Hottest New Accessory for Health? Your Microbiome
By Katherine Basbaum, MS, RD
It may not be as cute as a teacup Pomeranian, but it weighs about the same. Inside your gut is a unique collection of organisms or “microbiota” …

Continue reading …  Hottest New Accessory for Health? Your Microbiome — University of Virginia Health System – Live Red.

Simple changes for a good new year -The Architecture of Resilience | Dorrie K. Fontaine

It is not too late for New Year’s resolutions! The suggestions in the article quoted below are so simple and so easy for all ages.  This blog constitutes my reflective writing and helps me stay focused on what I consider most important in my life.  It has changed a great deal over the last five years, and I expect that to continue as the years progress.

Practice mindfulness and compassion and you’ll engage in resilient behaviors. Practice being patient, being kind, being in the moment; practice tuning in and connecting with others and you’ll prime and strengthen cognitive circuitry that reinforce such ways of being. Just as exercise and weight training benefits your muscles, your brains neuroplasticity — its ability to be malleable – allows us to develop new healthy habits through practice.

Dorrie K. Fontaine is dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia, where Susan Bauer-Wu, the Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care, teaches and directs the Compassionate Care Initiative. David Germano, the director of U.Va.’s Tibet Center and SHANTI, is a professor of religious studies. Bauer-Wu, Fontaine and Germano are members of the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center directorate.

via The Architecture of Resilience | Dorrie K. Fontaine.

We are very fortunate to have these folks and programs right here in Charlottesville!

C’ville – a wonderful PLACE for lifelong learning!

Just as I have been saying for years. Charlottesville is a wonderful PLACE for lifelong learning!  So many choices …

Central Virginians have been studying and learning since 1819 and there’s no reason you can’t keep up that tradition no matter your age.Organizations from the University of Virginia to Piedmont Virginia Community College and the local school districts provide specific learning opportunities for people 50 and over as well as courses and classes designed for nontraditional students.

via Lifelong Learning – The Daily Progress: Welcome.

Transcribe Museum Records to Take Notes from Nature | calling all citizen scientists

Thomas Jefferson, lifelong citizen scientist, would have loved this new effort by the University of Virginia!  Just think how much participants will learn about the world’s biological collections while helping with this project:

UVa LogoThis is where you come in:  the Notes from Nature transcription project is a citizen science platform built to address this problem by inviting people of all ages and in all geographic locations to participate in the digitization of the world’s biological collections one record at a time!  The data made accessible to research through this process will almost certainly lead to new discoveries and understanding about how the world around us works and changes.

Read complete article –  USEED @ U.Va.

FLASH! Seminars and OpenGrounds UVA | So much to learn, so many ways to get involved!

FLASH! Seminars

One time mini-classes that bring together faculty, students, and community members in small, informal settings to explore ideas and issues outside the formal classroom. Seminars are announced a week in advance and held in locations around UVA and Charlottesville.  Website


OpenGrounds Studio brings together students, professors, scientists, artists and community members to collaborate, exhibit work, and discuss interdisciplinary solutions to societal challenges. The space serves as a creative hub for connecting people through planned events and open hours.

OpenHours this semester will be Monday-Thursday from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-11:30 p.m.; Friday 2:00-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00-10:00 p.m.  Website

For the Masses: U.Va. Offering 11 MOOCs This Academic Year

literacyKnow Thyself this spring was a great experience. This year’s offerings from UVa Coursera make it hard to choose!  I am sure they will all be Continue reading