Talk About it Tuesday: Heroes Unite


Heroes Unite is a program created to provide opportunities that can nurture and empower communities through mentoring, volunteering and family engagement. Heroes Unite strengthens communities by teaching them about art, culture and education. They strive to serve people in need and give them a safer and healthier life.

Heroes Unite was created in 1994. They began by supporting families from the Ronald McDonald house. Heroes Unite provided support to families that were going through a tough time caring for their terminally ill children. Heroes Unite provided therapy to siblings and parents of patients as well as engaged them in theatre productions. They also provided these services for people going through AIDS treatment. They offered a fun and creative outlet for people going through a hard time.  In 1999, Heroes Unite restructured their program and offered an after school session that would help transform the lives of children by teaching them about Chinese martial arts.

Heroes Unite now has over 500 students in their program. From modest beginnings Heroes Unite has come a long way in changing the lives of youth and families in Miami. Through art, culture, and education, Heroes Unite has had an enormous positive impact on its participants and in the community.

Like what you’ve heard about Heroes Unite? Support them on Facebook or follow this link for more information on volunteering or interning!

What do you think about Heroes Unite? Do you think more programs such as this one are needed in Miami? Tweet us at @Loop305 and let us know your thoughts, with the hash tag #TalkAboutitTuesday


-Samantha Wagner

5K Park Fest 11/2/14

5K Park Fest
Sunday, 11/02/2014 – 11/02/2014 06:00 am – 04:00 pm
5KPublicCalendarNorth Shore Bandshell Park
7275 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach, Florida 33141
Webpage Link

The 5K Park Fest is a one-of-a-kind, award winning fundraising event that inspires people to PARK for the cause that moves them.

The award winning 5K PARK Fest – a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind, large scale community event that serves as a vehicle for all students to gain hands-on service learning, community hours and fundraise for their school, club or favorite non-profit organization. The 5K PARK Fest donates half of every parkticipant’s $40 Registration fee directly to that individual’s cause of choice. The inaugural event aims to have at least 5,000 service-driven people celebrating their fundraising achievements as well as promoting a healthy & active lifestyle.

Join us on November 2nd to make your mark and PARK.

Back to School – Now, Back to You with the Women’s Breast Health Initiative 8/9/14

Back to School – Now, Back to You with the Women’s Breast Health Initiative
Saturday, 08/09/2014 – 12:00 pm – 03:00 pm
The Women’s Breast Health Initiative
1777 West 49th Street,
Hialeah, Florida 33012
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

“Back to School – Now, Back to You “
For the very first time, The Women’s Breast Health Initiative (WBHI), Macy’s, Baptist Health of South Florida and Massage Envy of Pembroke Pines have joined forces to ensure that women are taken care of now that the children are going back to school.
This summer’s Back to School – Now, Back to You women’s health campaign will combine fashion, fun and fighting breast cancer and heart disease. On Saturday, August 9th at 1:30PM, Macy’s will host its back to school fashion show extravaganza. WBHI, a Miami-based nonprofit organization and Baptist Health of South Florida will be at the mall entrance of Macy’s at Westland Mall from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM providing free heart screening, making appointments for free mammograms, conducting physical activity and nutrition sessions, and providing fresh fruits and vegetables and a special gift. Additionally, when women who sign up for mammograms at the event complete their mammograms on or before September 8, 2014, they will receive a 1 hour massage gift card from Massage Envy Pembroke Pines.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to shop for a cause. At the event, you can Donate $5 to WBHI and receive a Macy’s coupon to save 25% off on August 23th on regular, sale & clearance items (restrictions may apply). When you “Shop for a Cause,” you will be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary.
Stop by the Women’s Breast Health Initiative’s table at the Macy’s Westland Mall in Hialeah on August 9th from 12:00PM – 3:00PM to get more information and to donate $5 to receive your Shop for a Cause coupon. For more information, call (305) 825 – 4081 or visit us on, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

GBS Gives Beauty Junkies Their July Fix 7/21/14-7/31/14

GBS Gives Beauty Junkies Their July Fix
Monday, 07/21/2014 – 07/31/2014 09:00 am – 07:00 pm
GBS-LogoGBS Beauty Stores
308 Miracle Mile,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link

Take a “beauty” break from the summer madness with complimentary pampering treatments at GBS The Beauty Store. Drop by your local GBS during one of the many bath and body events throughout July to enjoy professional beauty consultations, free samples and mini spa treatments from the most recognized and respected brands in the industry while stocking up on the latest products for the hottest trends in beauty.

Planet Kitchen Food and Wellness Tour

Planet Kitchen celebrated its maiden voyage of its Planet Kitchen Healthy Organic Food, Drink and Wellness Tour, highlighting a growing trend towards healthy and sustainable living in South Florida. It also showcased local farms, markets, restaurants and businesses who make real food and drinks to heal us naturally from the inside out. 


We started our tour at Trio Studio, located in between Wynwood & the Design District (Midtown) in Miami. There we had a wonderful grounding meditation to start our journey followed by  an awesome demonstration of Budokon Yoga, AcroYoga, and Aerial Yoga.   Tour participants had an opportunity to get in on the action and try out AcroYoga for themselves.  It was really beautiful to participate and watch.


Afterwards, the folks at Sambazon shared a refreshing fruit, mint and frozen acai concoction called an “acai bowl.”  This superfood charged treat is also non-GMO, Fair Trade and b-certified. We enjoyed it so much, we purchased a bottle that same week.  I’m sure it will be a permanent part of our refrigerator as we support conscious companies and healthy nutrition.  [Read more...]

Spice Up Your Practice with Dharma Mittra Style 7/26/14

Spice Up Your Practice with Dharma Mittra Style
Saturday, 07/26/2014 – 02:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Rina-Yoga-Logo.jpgRina Yoga in The Roads
1250 SW Coral Way,
Miami, Florida 33145
Webpage Link
Cost: $45 at the door, $35 Early Bird

This is a two-hour class designed to deepen the practice based on Sri Dharma Mittra style and teachings.

Radha will guide you mindfully into more advanced variations of poses you may already be familiar with.

This intermediate practice is designed for those wishing to advance through the progressively challenging asana practices. This practice finishes with breathing exercises, a deep relaxation and a guided meditation in order to increase balance, peace, and bring a deep sense of calm and invigorating energy to all students.

For more information:

Sweat USA 10/11/14 – 10/12/14

Sweat USA
Saturday, 10/11/2014 – 10/12/2014 07:00 am – 04:00 pm
sweatusaMiami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr.,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
More Info Link
Cost: $19 and up

SweatUSA is multi-day celebrity fitness and nutrition festival. This property is the most dynamic health and wellness expo in the country and provides attendees with access to the top fitness and nutrition resources.

Fitness enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet their fitness idols such as the creator of Insanity, Shaun T, and share this ultimate workout weekend with like-minded fitness fanatics. Registrants will have the chance to participate in different classes and experiences including spin, yoga, kick boxing, dancing, aerobics and health and wellness seminars.


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