Stephanie Harris

Are flip-flops a flub for office attire?

June 14th, 2011 at 11:57 am by under Personalities

So I just received an email solicitation for a story idea about flip flops in the office, are they appropriate?   It got me thinking about how casual work places in general have become.    Now that its summer you might expect to see  people wearing short-shorts, tank tops, and mini skirts out and about, but should they wear them at work?  How about children’s little league or other sporting events.  I have definitely seen some doosies out on the ball field.

What have you’ve seen in Hampton Roads,  and where,  that shocked you?  Where should society draw the line and what should be the consequences if any?  Let’s talk about it.

 

 


Our children: education and obesity

March 24th, 2011 at 4:40 pm by under Health, Personalities

Today Governor Bob McDonnell vetoed a bill that would have required 150 minutes of physical education each week, in school.

It was aimed at attacking the epidemic of childhood obesity in our state.  It did not require schools to hire additional instructors nor build new facilities.

Today, nearly one in three Virginia children is overweight or obese.   I’m not sure if more PE is the answer, especially if it takes away from instruction time.  After all, our children are also lagging behind some other countries in the areas of math and science.  But if it did not interfere with instructional time and did not cost more money, why not?  What do you think?

 

 


Facebook movie? Maybe at the airport

March 9th, 2011 at 1:50 pm by under Personalities

In case you haven’t heard you can now rent and watch movies on Facebook.     “The Dark Knight” is the only film available so far, but more Warner Bros.  flicks will soon follow.

My question is will you watch?  I guess I can see this service coming in handy if I’m say, stuck in the airport,   but otherwise I’m not sure I’m a fan.

Call me old-fashioned but I just can’t “snuggle up” with my sweetie on the couch and hold the laptop.  I’d rather hold his hand.  Renting a movie, for me, means date or family movie night.   Can you imagine you, your other half, two kids and a dog vying for the view on a laptop or iPad?

Of  course I’m sure there is a market for this.  Those who commute by bus or train, kids on a camping trip (don’t laugh because you know they would) or my favorite airport scenario.    So I guess I like the idea,  but probably won’t be hitting the like button anytime soon.


Fighting is fun

November 15th, 2010 at 11:19 am by under Health, Personalities

CureSearch Champions 2010

When it comes to cancer fighting IS fun.  These are the  CureSearch Champions of 2010.  Childhood cancer survivors in Hampton Roads.   We walked together on Saturday at Mt. Trashmore.

  • Ella Wells is a surivor!
  • Jacob Ralston  is a suvivor too!

Nick's Ninjas

  • Nick’s Ninja’s raised more than $9,000 in his memory.

We all had so much fun walking, talking eating and playing.   Amid the bounce house, face painting, food and fun however, talking to Nick’s Dad was a sobering reminder of why we gathered on this  beautiful Saturday morning.       As he told me about their family’s fight to save Nick, and the 8 year old’s death,  I turned to look at my own 8 year old boy standing next to me.   Then when I introduced Nick’s 6 year old brother  to my 6 year old son I couldn’t help but fight back a tear as I thought ‘how would my son cope if he’d lost his brother?’    I can only imagine what their family goes through, what way too  many families go through because of this disease.

It’s not too late for you to help.   Go to my facebook page or directly to  CureSearch, where you can contribute.  You’ll also find more pictures from the event that raised nearly $30, 000 for childhood cancer.


Help me fight childhood cancers

November 5th, 2010 at 1:07 pm by under Health, Personalities

Almost everyone knows someone who has had cancer.  Its always terrible, but when the patient is a child it is almost unbearable.   My family knows this pain first hand.  Two years ago my niece, then age 5, was diagnosed with a type of kidney cancer.   Today she is cancer free, but fear of recurrence will probably plague her and her parents for the rest of their lives.

The fear and pain they live with is shared by far too many.   Every year Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk  diagnoses about three classrooms full of children with cancer- that’s 70 new cases.

Next weekend you can help fight the good fight against childhood cancers right here in Hampton Roads.  Curesearch, a  National Childhood Cancer Foundation,  is holding a walk on Saturday November 13th!   There will be fun activities, music and treats for all of you to enjoy. Registration begins at 9AM at Mt. Trashmore.  If you’d rather just make a donation you can do that too.   Check out the Hampton Roads Walk web page.

See you there!


Tickled Pink

October 6th, 2010 at 11:09 am by under Health, Personalities, Uncategorized

Reba Bloom and Stephanie Harris

Yes, this year’s Bra-ha-Ha was another huge success!  My friend Reba and I had so much fun.

Winner: "Forget Me Not"

It just amazes me how people can come up with such creative and original ideas every year.    Just think, when they started this three years ago the team at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center was worried they wouldn’t have any entries.

Stephanie Judging Entries

This year more than 260 bras were entered for judging and more than 300 are on display.    All the money raised will go to pay for mammograms for women who can’t afford one.

Kudos to Chesapeake General!  Now, others across the country are looking to follow in their footsteps to create their own Bra-Ha-Ha events.

Go check out the bras at MacArthur Center before Oct 16 and check out all the great pics on my facebook page from the Gala Sunday night.


Still working at 100 Years old

September 21st, 2010 at 3:59 pm by under Health, Personalities

Stephanie Harris and Dr. Howard Jones

Dr. Howard Jones is undeniably one of the most inspirational people I have ever met.       I just spent an afternoon with him for a story about his 100th Birthday,  which is being celebrated tonight (actual birthday is Dec. 30).    Not only is he still going to work nearly every day, he is thriving from it.    What struck me most about Dr. Jones  is his passion for medicine and his late wife,  Dr. Georgeanna Jones.    Together they founded the Jones Institute in Norfolk and became the Mother and Father of In Vitro Fertilization in America.  In 1981 amid much hype and controversy they announced the first successful IVF birth in the United State, Elizabeth Carr.

The husband and wife doctor team was inseparable,  from what I gathered.   Their assistant of 30 years, Nancy Garcia,  told me their offices were once separated by a few floors, and “that didn’t work”.   Marrying Georgeanna,  he attests,  was his greatest accomplishment.   She died five years ago.  Ms. Garcia told me she can see him sometimes staring out the window at work and she knows he is thinking of her.   All of the pictures of the couple show them holding hands or her touching his arm.  It was Garcia said, a marriage like none she’s ever seen.

Dr. Jones gave up seeing patients years ago but is still active in research and writing.  He just finished a book with an attorney “Legal Conceptions” and is working on another.

I asked about his secret to staying so sharp both mentally and physically.  He said he exercises every morning.  Which consists of him standing and then sitting 160 times.   As for his diet, nothing special. He tells me he eats anything.   One clue as to his mental status though came when he pulled out his I Phone.  He says he’s lost without it.   I will conclude from then that challenging ones mind will keep it sharp.

As for  retirement he told me , “I don’t think that’s for me to decide.  I think nature will take care of that in due time.”


Think Pink!

September 17th, 2010 at 4:15 pm by under Health, Personalities

It is that time of year when everything from taxi cabs to coffee cans turn pink in support of  Breast Cancer research and awareness.

I am personally a big supporter of the cause and am honored to be part of several local events

Thursday afternoon I helped kick off the Susan G Komen race for the cure at the survivors luncheon.

These women always make me smile.   On this day I met Sara Jones, (the woman with the bald head) of Norfolk.  She is now fighting breast cancer for the third time in 10 years.  She’s only 37 years old.    Her doctors tell her this is terminal.  Its now spread throughout her body.  Sara isn’t giving up though.  Because of organizations like Susan G Komen and the American Cancer Society, she knows another treatment or cure could be right around the corner.  Her grace is inspirational.  Her strength nearly unimaginable.  If you were on the fence before,  wait no more.   You can run the  Race For The Cure, walk in the Making Strides walk or simply donate.

If there’s one thing I realized talking to Sara Jones,  this disease can and does strike anyone, and it will continue until enough of us strike back.


Healthy to Homeless

September 9th, 2010 at 12:47 pm by under Health, Personalities

Ok,  so maybe I’m exaggerating with that title but,  I can not believe how much it costs to sign kids up for recreational sports!  I just found out that for my two boys   it will costs upwards of $250 for fall league soccer.

Mind you they are not professionals, or even competitive players at this point,  they’re 6 & 8 for goodness sake!

This,  along with another article I read on the decline of veggie consumption, really got me thinking.  It really does cost a lot more to raise healthy children.  (Consumption of vegetables by the way,  is going down again.     Curiously it costs more to buy fresh veggies then it does a bag of chips.)

I guess I could  let the kids  sit around and eat potato chips and play video games all day.   I’d have a lot more cash.  Of course I could never do that, but just think about those people who’ve lost jobs or can’t afford their mortgages in this economy.  Do you think they can afford $250 for soccer and fresh veggies?

Now, I know someone out there will say,  you don’t have to pay to exercise.  The kids can just run around the yard like I did, and that is true.  However,  try telling your child that they can’t play with the rest of their friends and classmates. I’m pretty sure they’ll be sulking at home, not running.  I can’t blame them.

I know it costs money to buy equipment and maintain fields and so on … but really, somethings got to give or we’ll be paying a much higher price when the kids whose families can’t afford sports and healthy food end up with heart disease and diabetes.

What do you think?


It’s MDA Day!

September 6th, 2010 at 3:07 pm by under Health, Personalities

Every Labor Day, for the past five years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the kindest, most giving people in Hampton Roads.  The MDA telethon benefits Jerry’s Kids,  that is those living with Muscular Dystrophy.   There are dozens of types of MD.   What they have in common is that they slowly eat away at the muscles of those diagnosed.  We look forward to a future without this devastating class of disease.  Until then we will gather every labor day to raise money for research and to help those diagnosed receive top notch medical care and equipment.

That said,  this is a  FUN and ZANY group,  to say the least.  Perhaps its due to lack of sleep.  I’ve attached some pictures so you can see for yourself.  Oh, and if you missed the opportunity to pledge during the telethon just go to mda.org.  Thanks!

To see more pictures to to my facebook page!