The Children’s Trust Family Expo 9/13/14

The Children’s Trust Family Expo
Saturday, 09/13/2014 – 10:00 am – 05:00 pm
TCT-Family-Expo-2014-logo-01Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition
10901 Coral Way,
Miami, Florida 33165
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Cost: Free

Join Thousands of Families on Saturday, September 13th at The Children’s Trust FREE Family Expo. More than 200 exhibitors showcasing health and social services, appearances by Nickelodeon characters, giveaways, family-friendly activities for all. Now in its eighth year, the event fills two indoor exhibit halls and part of the adjoining outside areas at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, drawing in up to 20,000 people. With local resources on display from 200 exhibitors, there is no better place to have a great, free time with the kids while learning about after-school enrichment activities, low-cost health insurance, services for children with special needs, and health and nutrition. Children can climb a rock wall, jump in elaborate bounce houses, and meet their favorite storybook and television characters such as Maisy, Llama Llama and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob and Kai-lan, to name a few. Plus, music and dance performances face painters, clowns, stilt walkers, balloon sculptors, and much more.

Admission, parking, and all activities and entertainment are free. Backpacks and composition books will be distributed to the first 1,000 school-age children. Food and beverages will be sold by a variety of vendors.

To promote an active lifestyle, kids can get a taste of sports at the T-ball and speed pitching practice activity with the Miami Marlins, located in the Sports Fun Zone. Kids can also exercise their minds at all-day chess tournaments run by Stormont Kings or at the new “Science Treehouse” presented by the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which will feature displays and fun, hands-on experiments.

The Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership and The Center for Literature & Theatre at Miami-Dade College host the Read to Learn Book Fair, including appearances by Brad Meltzer, author of the popular I am series of children’s books that look at historical figures, and Bob Shea, author of Dinosaur vs. The Potty and other titles for toddlers. A nearby stage offers theatrical performances throughout the day that tie back to children’s literature. In addition, Baptist Health South Florida sponsors, “Five a Day, The Baptist Health Way”, where a dietitian is on hand to provide advice and give away fresh fruits and vegetables to encourage healthy eating and nutrition. Meanwhile, the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Center and the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services will operate a special new area called “The Barnyard”, complete with a cow milking simulator, a beekeeper, and a mini chicken coop. The Humane Society of Greater Miami presents the Family Pet Area, equipped with canine counselors and pups available for adoption.

Yoga flow 9/10/14

Yoga flow
Wednesday, 09/10/2014 – 07:00 pm – 08:00 pm
West Dade Regional Library
9445 SW 24 Street,
Same as above, Florida 33165
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Cost: Free

Yoga and Meditation

Come enjoy gentle movement and stretching through beginners yoga poses.

Meditation to soothe your soul.

Teenagers and adults are welcomed.

Doctors Hospital Senior Health Fair 9/17/14

Doctors Hospital Senior Health Fair
Wednesday, 09/17/2014 – 10:00 am – 01:00 pm
Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center
405 University Drive,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: Free

Education, medical screenings and the mind-body connection — they’re all part of staying healthy. Doctors Hospital is joining with the City of Coral Gables to sponsor the fourth annual Senior Health Fair. The event will be held Wednesday, September 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive.

Once again this year, the first 100 participants will receive free flu shots. Medical professionals will be on hand to perform health screenings for osteoporosis, blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, hearing loss and body mass index (BMI). Experts will also be available to conduct sleep disorder assessments and teach women how to do a proper breast self-exam. Attendees will be able to “Ask the Doctor” general health questions and enjoy chair massages, tai chi-style exercise and Zumba demonstrations. Lunch will be provided by The Palace at Coral Gables.

The Senior Health Fair is free and open to the public. Free valet parking will be available at the Youth Center. For more information, call 786-596-3812.

Florida Families Stand, Dance and Move Against Childhood Obesity 9/27/14

Florida Families Stand, Dance and Move Against Childhood Obesity
Saturday, 09/27/2014 – 09:00 am – 11:00 am
GEMKIDSPower Fit Studios at Opera Tower
1750 Bayshore Drive,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: $10.00

PowerFit Studios and JEMKIDS Acknowledge National Childhood Obesity Month With Fitness Event

Miami, Fl-September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month recognizes the serious threat obesity poses to the health of America’s children and decreasing its prevalence in the United States. PowerFit Studios and JEMKIDS are encouraging young people to make a commitment to their health and wipe out America’s obesity epidemic. They will host a family inspired fitness event on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9am-10:30am. JEMKIDS will conduct their weekly fitness class for kids ages 6-13 from 9am-10am. The classes develop overall strength, improve posture, movement & coordination while enhancing balance as well as other motor skills. Different games and challenges are employed to teach children these skills in a way that is fun & engaging. Parents will have the opportunity to get a fitness assessment by PowerFit Studio’s trainer John and Vivian Rice and hear a talk by PowerFit Studios’ celebrated fitness guru, Shirlee Fernandez. Difference Makers will provide complimentary glucose and blood pressure checks. Refreshments will be sponsored by Rozalyn H. Paschal Pediatrics. PowerFit Studios is located inside the Opera Tower at 1750 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, Fl 33132. The cost of the event is $10.00. Parking is $2.50 with validation. Powerfit Studios will also provided registered attendees with a gift card offering 2 Zumba classes, 2 Latin Ballroom dance classes, 20% off spa and slimming treatments and two Power Plate sessions. Complimentary chair massages and aromatherapy will also be provided.

“The growing rate of childhood obesity in our country is alarming,” said Shirlee Fernandez, Founder and Owner, PowerFit Studios, Miami. “Childhood obesity is entirely preventable. We are here to provide ways that encourage healthy eating and fitness habits.”

Jonerik Murphy — the founder of JEMKIDS — talked about the event saying, “Being a physically fit child isn’t about being a great athlete, it is about being a healthy person. If a child has poor posture, it will affect everything from self esteem to performance in school to long term health issues.  Therefore, children should be physically active early on to create strong, healthy bodies.” Jonerik has been certified by the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) as a Youth Fitness Specialist (Level 2). He has a passion to help kids be healthy and move the best they can, whether it is for life’s everyday activities or for sports. JEMKIDS motto is: Infusing Fitness with Fun!

For more informational and to register please call (786)-287-8487 or email

About PowerFit Studios
Built on the scientific foundation of whole-body vibration, the Power Plate at Power Fit Studios can grant bodies such benefits as improved muscle tone, increased circulation, and higher bone density. When combined with a

reasonable amount of rocket fuel, session spent atop the platform can accelerate users fitness goals. The private
studio also supports clients’ inner and outer well-being with more traditional approaches, including Zumba, and Latin Ballroom dance,as well as a range of soothing spa services. Power Fit Studios also offers specialty classes in aromatherapy, chakra-meditation and vision board workshops.

JEMKIDS was created by Jonerik Murphy to help develop a culture of physically fit children at a time when the statistics show that the obesity rate is increasing throughout the youth population. While many schools are reducing or eliminating physical education programs to dedicate more time to classroom work, something is being left out: Physical literacy. Simply put, today’s youth spend too much time sitting and not moving. No one can argue that improving performance in school isn’t important. However, it should not come at the expense of physical development.
In this advanced technological age, more children are spending time playing video games than playing outside. JEMKIDS’ programs were created to address this lack of physical activity. As children mature, there is a window of opportunity to develop motor skills and movement skills most efficiently. If children are inactive during the body’s maturation process, than these skills will either be limited or not developed at all. Consequently, there are short term (children being overweight) and long term effects (increased medical expenses and complications as adults).

Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness of Deerfield Beach Open House 9/11/14

Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness of Deerfield Beach Open House
Thursday, 09/11/2014 – 02:00 pm – 07:00 pm
OpenHouseDeerfieldDr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness of Deerfield Beach
77 South Federal Highway,
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33411
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Cost: free

Dr. G’s Weight Loss & Wellness, a medically-supervised weight loss and wellness program, invites you to the launch of SynerG powered by Viora, a non-surgical skin tightening, cellulite reduction and body contouring series of treatments. First 20 appointments will receive a FREE demo for eyes, hands or marionette (value $150). Enjoy an afternoon of beauty and wellness, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, discounts on a variety of services and a chance to win free products and treatments.

“Tress to Impress… Myself! Tour” 9/13/14

“Tress to Impress… Myself! Tour”
Saturday, 09/13/2014 – 09/13/2014 06:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Venetian Lady Yacht
401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 33132,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: $199-$228

Join us the weekend of September 13th & 14th 2014 for the “Tress to Impress… Myself! Tour” hostedby Courtney Adeleye of The Mane Choice. This empowering tour will kick off in Miami and is designed to celebrate and honor the beauty of self-confidence, by learning, understanding, and flaunting your tresses. Get up close and personal on hair with special guest Chrisette Michelle and gain expert advice on taming and maintaining tresses from Courtney Adeleye along with a selection of expert healthy hair panelists. The result? One luxurious night full of sailing, fun, fine food, live music, socializing, and premium open bar.

Purchase your tickets today ranging from $199-$228 for the Sunset Yacht Dinner Cruise & Breakfast. Limited quantity available. Use coupon code LABOR14 for 10% off up until September 3rd 2014.

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


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