Healthy Strides

Fairfax County, Virginia


TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Elizabeth Ittner, M.S.,
Certified Wellness Practitioner

Healthy Strides

Upcoming Featured Events



8:00PM, Come ride with us in this high energy indoor cycling class developed for all…



5:30PM, Celebrate Men's Health Month and National Great Outdoors Month: Guided Trail…



7:00PM, Book: Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating, by Katja Rowell Also…



7:00PM, Book: The Woman in the Mirror, by Cynthia M. Bulik Also Recommended: Two Whole…



7:00PM, Book: Gluten Exposed, by Peter Green Also Recommended: Plants vs. Meats, by…



11:00AM, Book: Vitamania, by Catherine Price Also Recommended: The Cheese Trap, by Neal…

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MAY - Step 5: Bike Everywhere

Join the pedal-powered movement and kick it into high gear this month! Ride a bike or walk anytime you can, for a healthier body and community.

APRIL WINNER - Nancy McDonough

You use a reusable cup or bottle to drink the recommended 64 oz. (1/2 gallon) of water per day. You drink filtered tap water – the filter can make up to 80 gallons of clean water. How many days of clean drinking water will you get before you need a new filter?

a) 64 days
b) 80 days
c) 160 days
d) 200 days

Answer: C - 160 days.

1 gal = 128 oz
80 gal = 10,240 oz of water can be filtered
64 oz is the daily recommendation
10,240 / 64 = 160 days of filtered H20
Source: Healthy Life Healthy Planet

MARCH WINNER - Jolene Romanyshyn

Across the entire food production and consumption chain, up to what percentage of all food in the United States never gets eaten?

a) 10%
b) 20%
c) 30%
d) 40%

Answer: C - 40%. Across the entire food production and consumption chain, up to 40% of all food in the United States never gets eaten. This translates to $218 billion lost, which includes the cost of food wasted at the consumer and retail levels, as well as the cost of wasted water, energy, fertilizers, cropland and production.


Feel your heart beat... what part of your heart makes the “thump-thump” sound?

A) The blood moving in and out
B) The four heart valves closing
C) 2 valves closing, 2 valves opening
D) A little guy playing drums in your chest

Answer: B. The “thump-thump” of a heartbeat is the sound made by the four valves of the heart closing.

JANUARY WINNER – Jennifer Kaplan

When hiking in cold weather, you should layer your clothing with different types of fabrics to stay dry and warm. Which type of fabric should be avoided?

A) Nylon
B) Wool or fleece
C) Water-wicking synthetics
D) Cotton

Answer: D – Cotton. The clothing layers should consist of several different types of fabrics. Cotton should be avoided in cold conditions. Cotton absorbs and retains water, and therefore it will not keep you warm if it gets wet. Also it can be difficult to dry. Polypropylene or other hydrophobic synthetic fabrics move the moisture (sweat) away from your body to the outside of the layer, reducing evaporative cooling and keeping you dry and comfortable. Wool or synthetic pile/fleece fabrics don't absorb water so they keep you warm even if they get wet. Pile also dries very quickly. A wool sweater or pile jacket provides warmth on a chilly evening. Nylon or Nylon/Cotton Windshells reduce convective heat loss. For raingear, coated nylon is lightweight and works well. Waterproof-breathable fabrics are also possible but are expensive.

May Trivia Question

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How many miles of bikeable trails (shared use) are located within Fairfax County?

Get Social

Show us where you are biking in Fairfax County and share your location all month long. Use #HealthyStrides and #BikeMonthFairfax to tag us!

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Fairfax County: Bike to Work Day

Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18, 2018! This annual event is held every spring to increase awareness and expose people to the benefits of bicycling to work, as well as everywhere else you go daily. There are over 100 pit stops in the Metro DC region, with 17 of those in Fairfax County. If you plan to participate as a rider, be sure to register to reserve your T-shirt and enter the bike raffle. Bike to transit to work counts too! Before you ride, check your route and pit stop schedule – helpful links are listed below.

Registration, Pit Stops and More Info: Bike to Work Day 2018
Bike Routes: Fairfax County Bicycle Map

The Case for Cycling

There are many reasons that you might pick up cycling – for the fitness aspect, for the adventure, because you love being outside, for the gadgets. Here are a few more reasons to consider when deciding if cycling is right for you.

  • It's an inexpensive form of transportation... no taxes, no fuel, no insurance, no tolls, no parking fees.
  • A well-made bike can last for many years.
  • It's an activity you can do with the entire family.
  • It's good for the environment, reducing your carbon footprint.
  • It's a great way to get around and see new things.
  • It's good for you. The Shanghai Women's Health Study found that both regular exercise and cycling for transportation were independently associated with a reduction of mortality compared with inactive individuals.
  • You can burn as many as 750 to 1,000 calories per hour if the biking is hard and continuous.
  • It's fun and easy to do, and you can do it for a lifetime.

Source:, "Why Should I Bike"

Tip of the Month

Riding Safely

  • Observe traffic lights and stop signs. Many cities require bikers to follow the same rules of the road as motorized vehicles. Know the laws in your jurisdiction.
  • Ride in the direction of traffic.
  • Watch for doors of parked cars opening unexpectedly.
  • Watch for pedestrians at crossings and jaywalkers stepping out from behind a parked car or truck. Pedestrians crossing streets are looking for big objects like cars and trucks, not bikers.
  • Ride defensively. Use your judgment and slow down if necessary. As a cyclist, you can't compete with cars, and running into a pedestrian is not fun either.
  • Always wear a helmet.

For more information: Fairfax County Bike Safety

Source:, "What About Bike Safety"

About Healthy Strides

Healthy Strides 12 Steps to a Healthier YouWelcome to Healthy Strides – giving you 12 Steps for a Healthier Year! Don't miss out on this year's great wellness opportunities in the Fairfax County community!

The Healthy Strides program is free* and anyone can participate at any time.

This program is designed to:

  • Help you accomplish healthy goals each month, with tips to keep you going for the duration.
  • Give you access to information - free workshops and a Wellness Book Club are available each month on different healthy topics.
  • Provide an opportunity for you to experience wellness programs offered across Fairfax County, including Mini-Health Fairs, held quarterly.
  • Empower you to make important lifestyle changes... you can do it!

*There is a registration fee to participate in the Healthy Strides Community 5k/10k.

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