Health and Fitness

Pay It Forward – How Very Well Acupuncture is Coping during Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Dr. David Buscher, D.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.,
Doctor of Acupuncture at Very Well Acupuncture, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
In the face of the unknown risks, we decided to close the clinic completely on March 18th. During that time, we changed our clinic management software to a service that allows us to conduct telemedicine appointments. “Telemedicine acupuncture” may sound strange, but it’s actually really lovely and empowering. On a secure video call, we talk about the client’s pain or concerns and then guide them through a series of acupressure, self-massage, and breathing exercises.

Now, having received best practices for disinfection from our national organizations, we have reopened the clinic for limited office visits, as well.

Virtual Classes with Yoga Tree Baltimore – Adapting during Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Sarah Ittmann Leite, Founder and Senior Teacher of Yoga Tree Baltimore, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
On Sunday April 15th we began to Livestream our fitness and yoga classes directly from our Hampden Yoga studio to allow some of our older and immunocompromised students to practice from the safety of their home. By the next day we were running a full schedule of three to four virtual classes a day. We purposefully created a vibrant April. Full of extra classes, Zoom Happy Hours, Weekly Meditation and a yoga challenge. “Commit to 15” an invitation to take at least 15 classes in the month of April. We knew we wanted to keep everyone accountable and inspired. Even with this push we lost a large amount of our members. Like all of our neighboring stores, we have seen a huge drop in walk in sales. What we still have is a powerful community of dedicated students who practice their yoga, and who often bring us great ideas. We are now able to teach remotely. By offering our online services further afield we can teach to people all over the world. We are looking for more ways to bring yoga to those who need it: we are offering small group classes taught on Zoom to corporations wanting to support their workers who may be under more pressure than usual. If your readers would like us to teach their family or team let us know. We can organize a weekly time or a one off.

Six Ways To Stay Fit To Impact Your Health

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Staying at home for an extended period of time can pose a significant challenge for remaining physically active. Sedentary behavior and low levels of physical activity can have negative effects on your health, well-being and quality of life.

Self-quarantine can also cause additional stress and challenge your mental health. Physical activity and relaxation techniques can be valuable tools to help you remain calm and continue to protect your health during these uncertain times.

Daily bouts of physical activity can be achieved at home, with no special equipment and with limited space. The following are some tips on how to stay active and reduce sedentary behavior while at home in self-quarantine:

How Spa Adagio is Coping with Coronavirus Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Spa Adagio‘s owner, Regina Schneider, on how she and the spa are coping. Offering a wide variety of holistic personalized spa treatments, Spa Adagio is located at 317 S. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Spa Adagio has been closed temporarily since 3/16/20 to keep everybody safe. We are offering news on the website and our Facebook page and will soon start online classes via Skype for massages.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
I am offering gift cards to obtain via email or calls, as well as offering to help those neighbors in need. My independent contractors are getting financial help from me so they can live a bit less in fear of how to provide for themselves and their family.

Preventing Social Isolation in Adults in the Age of COVID-19

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As the world shuts down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, people are hunkering down in their homes. And for many that means increased loneliness, which could lead to depression.

And, older adults are particularly vulnerable. Not only are those over 65 most at risk for serious complications from COVID-19, but as they stay home, they are at risk of becoming socially isolated. Asked to stay away from family and friends, they must find ways to remain connected to the outside world.

According to Tiffany Nicolette, Vice President, Aging in Community for CHAI, there is also the concern that social isolation from the coronavirus could have lasting effects.

Recent research indicates that social isolation has the same negative health effects as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. “It is crucial for us provide alternative ways for our older adults to connect with one another and maintain their friendships,” says Nicolette.

Exciting New Science Documentary is coming to Baltimore – You can be Involved

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An exciting new science documentary is coming to Baltimore, MD and we’d love you to be involved!

Created by Emmy award-winning Pioneer Productions, In The Womb plans to capture the incredible moments of human development in pregnancy in the most dynamic, cutting edge way ever visualized. You may already be familiar with the earlier series we produced back in 2005, Life Before Birth: In The Womb and the award-winning In The Womb – Extreme Animals.

For this series, we’re looking for women who are newly pregnant (up to 8 weeks) or actively trying for a child to feature. We’re also keen to speak to those expecting twins or multiples (up to 12 weeks along) for a special episode. We’re welcoming applications from people of all backgrounds.

Roland Park Country School is Making Space for Wellness

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At Roland Park Country School, we want our students to live healthy and balanced lives; in fact, it’s one of our core values. This starts with an academic program that challenges and engages our girls, while allowing them to be children and teenagers. But wellness goes beyond the student workload and through intentional programming at every grade level, student-led initiatives, and resources for parents and guardians, we make sure that every student has a strong social-emotional support system to help them be healthy and well.

To support this effort, a new wellness suite was recently constructed on the RPCS campus, with offices for several members of the Student Services team, including the Director of Counseling, counselors at each division level,  and the counseling intern, as well as the Director of Leadership and Entrepreneurship. The inviting offices are spacious enough for the counselors to hold classes, but are also comfortable for private meetings with students. Student artwork decorates the suite and a mindfulness wall in the cheery hallway displays several take-one cards for students, offering tips on wellness topics including desk stretches and breathing techniques. Slips are also available in the wellness suite for students to confidentially request one-on-one meetings with a counselor. “This is a space that students can access at all times,” said Makeda King-Smith, Upper School Counselor. “It’s so important to help students with stress and anxiety as early as we can.”

Pregnancy on the Mind? Be Part of a Unique Experience

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ARE YOU TRYING TO GET PREGNANT?

Come and be part of a unique experience, capturing the incredible moments of human development before birth, in an exciting new TV documentary series for a major international network.

Created by Emmy award-winning Pioneer Productions, the program plans to capture the incredible moments of human development in pregnancy in the most dynamic, cutting edge way ever visualized. We are looking for women, with possibly their friends and family, to experience and track their pregnancies as soon as they find out they are pregnant. This is a chance to see the development of your child like no one else on the planet has seen before.

Five Good Reasons why You may Need to Spend HOURS in Urgent Care

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The last time I asked for a show of hands of who wanted to spend one single second more than is absolutely necessary in emergency or urgent care, despite my dramatic attempt at trying to up-sell the charm of the place and the INTERESTING PEOPLE (ahem) WHO WORK THERE, the results were as you would expect. Zero hands raised. We all have busy lives with carefully measured out schedules, and so when the need for unexpected urgent medical care presents itself we hope for the best to solve the problem as fast as possible. Healthcare marketing jumps right on the bandwagon, advertising minimal wait times and quick in and out care. Sometimes this works just great and is exactly what is needed, but sometimes it isn’t, and I want to present to you a few situations in which hanging around for a bit in emergency or urgent care really is to your benefit. Let’s see if I can convince you.

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