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The Doctor Yum Project

In response to the growing rates of childhood obesity, pediatrician Nimali Fernando MD, MPH started the website in 2011 to teach her patients and her families about the benefits of healthy eating. What started out as a recipe and parenting site grew to a bigger project of teaching a healthy lifestyle to the greater community. In 2012 The Doctor Yum Project, a 501(c)(3) organization was born.

The mission of The Doctor Yum Project is to transform the lives of families and communities by providing an understanding of the connection between food and overall health, as well as empowering them with the tools to live a healthy life.


1. They are working with the youngest family members through The Doctor Yum Preschool Adventure Program, making healthy food fun for families and giving them information and ideas to create a foundation for healthy eating at school and home.

2. They are creating innovative hands-on cooking instruction programs through their teaching kitchen and garden to inspire family members of all ages take control of their health by getting back in the kitchen, preparing meals together, strengthening family connections and building healthier communities.

3. They are bringing together physicians from varying fields to create a state-of-the-art website (supported by multiple social media platforms) with recipes and information that help families connect the dots between diet and overall health.

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2nd annual First responders Lip Sync Battle Goes Viral

Congratulations to Stafford County Lt. Deuntay Diggs for winning our second Annual First responders Lip sync Battle held at our Back to school expo on August 6. This is Lt. Diggs’ second time winning our coveted microphone trophy and he has become an online sensation! Videos of his winning performance are flooding social media sites with millions of views of his awesome dance moves! Lt. Diggs has appeared on several news broadcasts as the community responds to his uplifting nature and positivity! Way to go Lt. Diggs! 

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Ron Rosner Family YMCA Bright Beginnings Event

Pouches Bright BeginningsThe Rappahannock Area YMCA is known in the region as a family-centered establishment that services our local community on many levels. The Y makes strengthening the community its cause and the Ron Rosner Family YMCA of Spotsylvania County is stepping up to make sure that all children have what they need to start the school year off right.

On Saturday, August 27, the Rappahannock YMCA will be holding its first ever Bright Beginnings event. The Y is committed to outfitting at least 40 children with new back-to-school clothing and school supplies. There is no cost to the child’s family to participate, but they are counting on the generosity of the public, organizations and corporations to make this happen!

There are several ways that you can help:

• DONATE: You can make a simple financial donation. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible.
• VOLUNTEER: Take an active role in nurturing our youth and be a shopping buddy at the Massaponax Walmart during shopping day on August 27. Individuals and small groups are welcome.
• BE A BACKPACK BUDDY: Individuals, businesses or organizations can provide a full backpack of supplies based on the approved K-5 school supplies list. Each child that shops with the Bright Beginnings program will receive a stuffed backpack!

The YMCA strongly believes that children that have the necessities they need can focus on learning rather than worrying about having shoes to wear on the playground and crayons to color their assignments. Help to make a community of confident and prepared kids on the first day of school!

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Supporting your PTO!

It often feels as if everyone wants a piece of us—our time, our talents and our money. In this age of social media, the needs that exist not just locally, but globally, impact us every time we scroll through our newsfeeds. So how do we decide where to best dedicate our time?

The success of last month’s Community Give indicates that our community is filled with thousands who are generous and have the desire to support and help others. It is one of my favorite days of the year. I love watching the numbers go up and up.

Throughout the day, I reflected on the programs and organizations that I choose to dedicate time to. I remembered the last PTO meeting I attended at my youngest son’s elementary school. The dedicated parents there took time out of their busy days to sit around a small table in the library and discuss fundraising efforts, plans for showing appreciation to the teachers, and how best to allocate what little funds there were available to meet the expected needs of the school community. Note that I said a small table. I felt the guilt as I sat there next to other parents who make that monthly commitment to support our school and its children. I could not help but wonder where all the other parents were?

Research has shown over and again that involvement in your children’s school matters. It not only benefits the school, but more importantly it benefits your child. If you care, so will they.

Enjoy your summer break and next school year, consider joining your school PTO. Your child will thank you!

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5th Annual Jacey’s Walk for Williams Syndrome Awareness

The 5th Annual Jacey’s Walk for Williams Syndrome Awareness will be held at the Ron Rosner YMCA on Saturday, May 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The walk is brief and is followed by a fun-filled family day. There will be music by DJ Cathy Lynn, as well as food, a silent auction, face painting, a bake sale, children’s activities and more!

What is Williams Syndrome? That’s what Jacey’s mom asked after the diagnosis when Jacey was just a year old. Williams Syndrome is diagnosed when there is a DNA deletion on chromosome 7. Williams Syndrome occurs in about 1 in 50,000 births, is not preventable and has no cure. People with Williams Syndrome often exhibit autistic-like behaviors and some are dual diagnosed with autism. These individuals differ from the typical autistic individual because they also often have heart disease or cardiovascular abnormalities, kidney and bladder disease, high blood pressure, elevated calcium levels and are very sociable.

Jacey, now 5, has all of the above along with visual impairment, neurological disorders, epilepsy and gastrointestinal difficulties. She’s an absolute joy to all that know her and a true blessing to her entire family.

All proceeds from the event go to the Williams Syndrome Association, the most comprehensive resource for people and families living with Williams Syndrome. Through Jacey’s Walk, her family has been able to connect with at least one new local family each year that has a child diagnosed with Williams Syndrome. To them, finding others to connect and offer support to makes it all worthwhile.

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