Author: Beth Hester

Boating Life Reimagined

Imagine that you have access to a private fleet of clean, well-maintained vessels: bow riders, deck boats, center consoles, pontoon boats and more. Visualize arriving at your local boat club. You’re greeted by a dock concierge who relieves you of…

Living Landscape Artist: Yolima Carr

Photos by Beth Hester Since 1993, Yolima Carr has been a stalwart fixture on the local horticultural scene. From her first job pulling weeds as a gardener at the Norfolk Botanical Garden to her current position as the Elizabeth River…

Elizabeth River Project Establishes the Resilience Lab

It sounds counterintuitive. Deliberately constructing a groundbreaking, 6,000-square-foot building with campus along Norfolk’s busy north Colley Avenue strip is crazy, right? Not when you appreciate that the site was deliberately chosen to test resilient design and construction practices in response…

Positive Lifestyle Changes to Support Brain Health

As the world’s population ages, matters surrounding brain health have taken on a new urgency. A policy brief from Alzheimer’s Disease International estimates that by the year 2050, more than 135 million people will be diagnosed with some form of…

Sustainable, Turf-Free Lawns are Catching On

“Slowly we’re learning about the environmental damage done in the name of the Great American Lawn—the wasted water, the fertilizers running off into waterways, the lawn pesticides harming everything they touch—we’re seeing connections between disappearing wildlife and the vast acreage…

Going Locavore

Sydney Meers ​Photos by Jim Pile and Beth Hester “Food cultures concentrate a population’s collective wisdom about the plants and animals that grow in a place and the complex ways of rendering them tasty. These are the mores of survival,…

It's A Brain Thing: Drivers and Cognitive Screening 101

Is it dementia, mild cognitive impairment or something else? Is it safe for mom or dad to drive? Certain physical conditions can mimic symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Brief screening tools can raise a red flag, but firm diagnosis is…

Op Med: Expert Perspectives on Drivers' Evaluations and Rights

To help us understand the thorny issues surrounding mature drivers, confidentiality and consent, cognitive testing, driving safety and DMV reporting, we sought insight and perspective from a variety of subject matter experts: neurologists, driving program evaluators and geriatric specialists. Not…

Could Your Driver's License Be At Risk?

“Our society poorly supports individuals who no longer drive. Patients who forego driving often lose independence, compromise their ability to work and provide for their dependents, have difficulty maintaining social contacts, continuing involvement in personal interests and participating in community…

6 Ways to Prepare for a Storm

Outreach efforts are a natural extension of the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) mission to safeguard the public, protect the nation’s resources and strengthen the economy via numerous publically available databases. But ultimately, it is up to individual citizens, families…

Autumn in Loudoun County

It’s easy to fall in love with the Virginia piedmont. Though the region has four-season appeal, nothing says autumn quite so much as a trip through Loudoun County. Located in the heart of northern Virginia hunt country, Loudoun’s character is…

In the Eye of the Storm

Let’s cast our minds back to the summer of 2006. By the time hurricane Ernesto moved into the commonwealth in late August, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm. Still, the resultant flooding and high winds killed seven people…

Things To Do This Summer: 4 Classic Sports

Extreme sports have their place. It’s exciting to watch Olympian Kelly Clark execute tricks above a frosty half-pipe, or marvel at Laird Hamilton’s humongous wave-challenging surfing, but chances are you won’t be pulling those tricks when you’re 65.   This…

Enjoying Nature On The Peninsula

This summer we’re highlighting coastal adventures inspired by land, sea and air. Each organization offers a broad range of reasonably priced classes, programs, camps and experiences appropriate for different age groups. Build a boat; unearth ancient fossils; send your kids…

Pump It Up

We conclude our Health Care Starts With You series by talking with fitness expert Chris Ullom of Wareing’s Gym about cardiovascular health. He offers insight and technical advice. Plus, we suggest three ways to make your workouts feel less like work. Why are cardiovascular workouts important? Ullom: We typically…

Not Your Type

The prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in the U.S. population is reaching epidemic proportions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, if current trends continue, one out of every of three adults will have diabetes by the year 2050. Perhaps no other condition has the potential to influence so…

Prevention Plan

Regular health screenings are an integral part of the preventive care routines of millions of Americans. Early detection of many types of cancer and other diseases increases the likelihood that follow-up treatments will be successful. In the case of serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes,…

The Birds and the Bees

Unless you’ve been cooped up for the past nine months with no local media access, you’ve probably heard of Tracy Gugal-Okroy. She’s the spirited Virginia Beach chicken outlaw who has been persistently lobbying Virginia Beach City Council to legalize the…

Birth Plans

The Scene: A modern operating room. Various medical personnel mill about fiddling with pinging monitors and stainless steel machines. A mother-to-be is wheeled in on a gurney. She is stressed and overwhelmed. Once the doctor finishes admiring the machinery and…

Diet Dynamos

Superfoods are Mother Nature’s multitasking powerhouses. This month, we’ve enlisted two subject matter experts to help us understand the buzz surrounding these diet dynamos and to share perspectives on vitamins and dietary supplements. Dr. Candice Cook is a Hampton Roads-based,…