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Pickling Season: Pickleball Is All the Rage

The repetitive plunking sound of plastic balls popping off paddles gets louder as players continue to join in the back-and-forth volley going down at Lake Placid Park in Virginia Beach. Seasoned swatters and newbies alike fill the four outdoor courts…

Beauty Beyond Borders

GLOBAL SMILE: Virginia Beach native Pritika Swarup is a global ambassador for Operation Smile whose new beauty line combines traditional Indian ingredients with modern textures to give women a confidence boost. Celebrities, influencers and other high-profile figures constantly curate collections…

Cauliflower Power: Creative, Healthy Recipes

Lowly cauliflower is not so lowly anymore. High in B-vitamins, a similar nutrient called choline, vitamin C and other antioxidants and phytonutrients, along with fiber and protein. Cauliflower offers anti-inflammatory and cancer protection properties, gut health and brain development, among other…

The Gift of Going Green

After a year of pared down gatherings and simplified celebrations, it’s tempting to ramp up the holiday fun to 11 for 2021. Yet, among the lessons of COVID for many of us was a greater appreciation for life’s simple joys.…

Pushing With Purpose: Cyclist Diane Haupt

“I mean, the biking and the views are gorgeous,” says Diane Haupt, “but to me it’s more about the journey and just connecting with people and just seeing all the good in the world and the country.” Biking cross country…

Three Adventures on the Virginia Capital Trail

When it opened to pedal pushers and pedestrians alike in 2015, the hope was that the Virginia Capital Trail would be a route dedicated to recreation, healthy living—and, of course, history. The 51.7-mile, multi-use trail runs from Virginia’s past capital…

Local Energy Drinks for Pre-Workout Fuel

We all have days when our natural energy just isn’t enough. Sometimes we need a boost to take our sweat session to the next level—or just muster the motivation to get started. Thankfully, local brands are coming up with energy…

Indoor Climbing Gyms Rise in Popularity

If you want to see a skilled climber scale 56 feet of rock with ease, no need to head to the mountains. Instead, drive to the parking lot of Pembroke Mall. The floor-to-ceiling storefront windows of Latitude Climbing + Fitness…

Running with Rover

From 5Ks and marathons to everything in between, Kim “Rooster” Rossiter and his daughter Ainsley ran 100 races together during her life. When she passed away in 2016 from a rare neurological disorder, Rossiter kept on running … and running.…