Category Archives: Self-Care

Knapp Activity Center Offering Mammograms for Senior Women

11745684_10155817520390313_5737697446338978252_nMobile Mammograms will be given at the Knapp Activity Center on Wednesday, July 29 for senior women!

Pre-registration is required.

Please stop by the Knapp Activity Center (2424 South Park Avenue Pearland, TX 77581) to complete a registration form and schedule a time.

Call 281.412.8930 or 281.485.9875 for more information.

Busy is a Sickness

By Scott Dannemiller

I’m busy.

I don’t know about you, but anytime I am asked, “How’s it going?”, I never just say “fine” anymore. Instead, my stock response is always some degree of frazzled. The scale ranges from “busy” to “crazy busy” to “nutballs.”


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The Rec Report – Nov 2014


In this issue of the Rec Report, we shine a light on a few of the activities we have to offer this Fall, including Kid Fish Fest, Veterans Day BBQ & Walk, our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Pearland Hometown Christmas. Find activities to keep your family connected by viewing our Fall Program Guide. You can also visit us on any of our social media channels or call us at 281.412.8900.
Get caught fishin’ at Kid Fish Fest!

Come get caught fishin’ at Bass Pro Shops! The City of Pearland has partnered with Bass Pro Shops to host Kid Fish Fest, an outreach program designed to educate and provide hands-on fishing experiences. The free event, for children ages 3 to 16 years old, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
During the event, participants will learn about fishing, conservation and respect for the environment. Click here for more information.
Attend the Pearland Veterans Day Walk & BBQ

Lace up those running shoes and join us for the Pearland Veterans Day Walk & BBQ scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 on the field behind the Pearland Natatorium (Bailey Road and Veterans Drive).

Following the walk, a hearty Texas BBQ lunch will be served around 12:30 p.m. at VFW Post #7109 located nearby at 4204 W. Walnut. The registration fee for the walk is $20 per person. Click here for more information.

Tree Lighting Ceremony marks start of holiday season

Get into the holiday spirit and join us as we flip the switch to illuminate a towering tree with thousands of lights during the Pearland Christmas Tree Lighting at the Pearland Town Center (11200 Broadway).

The event is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and kicks off the Pearland Hometown Christmas festivities. Click here for more information.

Tis’ the season for Pearland Hometown Christmas

Pearland Hometown Christmas brings the community together for the entire month! The tree lighting is only the beginning.

The festivities will continue on Saturday, Dec. 6 with a Holiday Gift Market, horse and carriage rides, snow, and live entertainment playing your favorite holiday tunes at the Pearland Town Center located at 11200 Broadway. There will also be a visit from the jolly old elf himself!

A parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.
Thanksgiving Adventure Camp open enrollment

Do you have children ages 6 to 12 who are out of school the week of Thanksgiving? If so, register your child for Adventure Day Camp!

The 3-day fun-filled camp is scheduled from Monday, Nov. 24 to Wednesday, Nov. 26. In true camp fashion, the days will be packed with exciting activities, games, and swimming at the Pearland Recreation Center and Natatorium.

For registration forms or more information, visit the Web site.

Plan your child’s birthday party with us

We know that planning your child’s birthday party can be stressful. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! The Pearland Recreation Center and Natatorium is the perfect place for your little one’s party.
Where else do you have the option to swim indoors, have a section of the gym all to yourself for a sports-themed party or challenge your guests to a game of table tennis and NEOS all under one roof? Our staff will facilitate the entire event from decorating, serving up refreshments, and cleaning up behind your guests!
Call 281.412.8999 to speak with a staff member to help you schedule and coordinate a party to fit your needs. Click here for more information.
Outdoor recreation instructors needed

Do you have a talent you would like to share with others? If so, we need you!

We’re looking for qualified fishing, kayaking, camping, bird-watching, and horseback-riding instructors to enhance the variety of outdoor recreation opportunities offered by the City.

In addition, if you are knowledgeable about geocaching or skateboarding we would like to hear from you. Our staff will work with you to make sure the experience of teaching is enjoyable and rewarding. Email or call 281.412.8915 for more information.

Help plan the future Parks and Recreation in Pearland

The Parks & Recreation Department is looking to engage residents, property and business owners, and all who has a stake in the future of Pearland.

The City wants to hear your suggestions for improvements that should be made in the next five years and any additional programs that should be considered.
Visit the City’s online portal to join the discussion that will drive Parks and recreation improvements for the next several years.

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Kid Fish Fest
Walk & BBQ
Tree Lighting
Hometown Christmas
Thanksgiving Camp
Birthday Parties
Master Plan

Kid Fish
Nov. 8Veterans Day Walk
Nov. 8

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec. 5

Pearland Hometown Christmas Parade
Dec. 6


Free Community Health Fair Nov 15 with Screenings, Consultations and Vaccines

Manvel, TX – The fourth annual ‘Life and Soul’ free health fair will be held on Nov 15 from 8 am to 1 pm at New Life Plaza (Sai Primary Care), 3945 CR 58, Manvel, TX. The health fair is completely free, open to all and no prior registration is required. It is organized by Love to Share Foundation America and Global Organization for Divinity, both nonprofit community-based charity organizations. Honorable Mayor Delores Martin of Manvel and Honorable Mayor Tom Reid of Pearland will kick-off the event at 8 am.

Based on a recent data and action plan released by the Texas State Department of Health Services, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke are the number one and number three causes of death in Texas. Together, heart disease and stroke account for nearly three of every ten deaths in the state. The aging of the population will remain an important factor as older adults reach ages where CVD and stroke are the most prevalent. The incidence of morbid obesity in Texas is rising; nearly one in three Texans is obese, and two-thirds of Texans are overweight. Health care, school, and work environments are not keeping pace with the need for healthier food choices and a community environment conducive to increasing physical activity and access to healthy food options.

Given the rapid growth in community and its relative lack of resources, projects like Life and Soul with its numerous free screenings, education, immunization and safety campaigns are indispensable in supporting mainstream medicine in the community.

The screenings for this year include Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, Lung Function Test, Pulse Oximetry, EKG, Bone Density, Vision and Glaucoma screening. 8-10 hours fasting is required for the blood tests. General practitioners and specialists will be available to provide free consultations.

Free vaccines (flu shots and pneumonia shots) will also be made available to eligible candidates while supplies last, thanks to the grant awarded by Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise-Immunize program. A Diabetes Workshop will be conducted by internist Dr. Lakshmi Seshadri. Interested persons should call 281.412.6606 to register. Free helmets will be given away free of cost to children and adults in an effort to prevent head injury.

Life and Soul 2014 is supported by Frost Bank, Texas Medical Association, HEB Plus, Gale Compounding Pharmacy, Walgreens, Sanofi Aventis, Alvin Community College, Texas Eye Institute, Pearland Best Coupons, Pearland MRI, Proactive Physical Therapy and Bay Area Printing. Over 50 volunteers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical students, high school students and others work selflessly to make this event a possibility.

Love to Share Foundation America thanks its sponsors, volunteers and the community for their overwhelming support and welcomes the community to take advantage of the free screenings and vaccinations this year also.

Volunteers at Love to Share Foundation America and Global Organization for Divinity also work at grass roots levels to lend a helping hand to the under privileged, to empower individuals with  accessible healthcare, education, leadership skills, and clean environment thus enhancing the quality of life and paving the way for sustainable communities.

On Nov 13, 12-1 pm, Love to Share Foundation will present a session focusing on mind-health by speaker Mr. M. K. Ramanujam – “Benefits of Mindfulness for Busy Professionals” – which will be a program of Faculty and Academic Development at University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center and sponsored by Faculty Health & Well-Being. This session is open to all and will be held at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Pickens Tower, Floor 2, Training Room A. To register, call 281-402-6585.

Global Organization for Divinity (G.O.D.) is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote peace, harmony and universal love amid cultural diversity. It is involved in several spiritual, cultural and social activities in the Houston area as well as in several cities in the USA and other countries.

Among G.O.D.’s upcoming programs in Houston are groundbreaking ceremony and Mass Prayer with the Divine Name at Namadwaar Prayer House on Nov 8, and a grand 7-day Indian spiritual and devotional celebration (Madhura Utsav and Srimad Bhagavata Saptaham) from Dec 20-27. For more info about these events, call 281-402-6585 or email


Pearland Police Department Aids Crime Victims

The City of Pearland provides a victim assistance program to all residents who are victims of violent crimes. The goal of the Victims Assistance Program is to assist victims of crime, protect and advocate their rights, provide necessary information and prevent further victimization.

Crime Victim Liaisons provide emotional support and crisis intervention. Made available to the public 24 hours a day, liaisons bridge the gap between citizens, the police department and the District Attorney’s office by giving victims an outlet to seek out information and programs available in the community. Liaisons also provide an opportunity for police officers and detectives to have more time to work on cases while knowing that the needs of victims are being met.

Liaisons provide services including support at the scene, by telephone or in person, and may even transport or accompany victims to hospitals, shelters, court appearances and other service providers. The Pearland Police Department aims to protect and serve its residents and liaisons provide further support for the community.

The Victim Assistance Program receives funding from the Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division ‘Victims of Crime Act’ (VOCA) and has been awarded the Other Victim Assistance Grant (OVAG) for the fiscal year 2015.

Last year alone, the Crime Victims Division assisted more than 600 victims in a number of cases, including: child sexual abuse, DUI-DWI crashes, domestic violence, adult sexual assault, survivors of homicide victims, robbery, assault, and other violent crimes. For more information on the division, please visit

Contact Information:

Gina Mendez: 281.997.4304

Velma Guadiana: 281.997.4330


National Massage Therapy Awareness Week Begins Oct. 19

National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW) is part of the American Massage Therapy Association’s ongoing consumer outreach. It gives massage therapists an opportunity to talk to their communities about the health benefits of massage. This year, NMTAW falls during Oct. 19 – 25.

Locally, many practitioners are reaching out to the public to share the many benefits of regular massages.

GregGrayGreg Gray, L.M.T., M.M.P. of Pearland, says that massage is not just for relaxation anymore.

“The normal relaxation massage will always be there,” he said. “Studies are showing that massage is also effective in medical applications, such as muscle repair, correcting carpal tunnel and even cancer treatment. In fact, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program now includes a massage component.”

The Wall Street Journal published an article touting the medical applications of massage.

“Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight.

“The benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines published in 2007.”

Gray has kept on the leading edge of relaxation/medical application by getting certified as a Medical Massage Practitioner (M.M.P.).

“This certification allows me to interact with the medical community in a collaborative way,” he said. “Doctors send me clients along with standardized prescriptions for treatment. This is helping me build a practice that ministers to the relaxation side while also developing the evidence-based medical side of massage.” His motto is, “Massage Means Relief,” in many different applications.

Gray will be running a $50 per hour massage special during National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. He is located within the Embrace Wellness Chiropractic office at 4310 Bailey Rd, Ste 108 in Pearland. He can be reached at 281-318-8995 or by visiting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALeia McCumber, LMT, ACE is a nationally certified, state licensed, professionally insured massage therapist located in Friendswood. She is also a certified personal trainer. Her exercise and nutritional sciences education assists her in offering her clients an overall approach to dealing with their aches and pains.

She is also certified in Fibromyalgia massage, pregnancy massage, deep tissue, aromatherapy, hot stone massage, and massage for headaches and migraines.

Fibromyalgia, “is a chronic muscle disorder, effecting women mostly, characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas,” McCumber said. “Fibro sufferers are in daily pain, and the medical community still doesn’t know what causes it, or how to treat it. Imagine waking up each day like you have the flu, with body aches and pains so bad you couldn’t sleep. You feel like you fell off a cliff or got hit by a bus. Most people end up on painkillers and can no longer exercise or go to work. It is still so misunderstood that a lot of doctors won’t even diagnose it, and employers, family and friends of sufferers don’t understand it.”

McCumber says, “No matter what you do, it will effect your body. Hair stylists tend to stand all day, usually in heels, and lift their arms up for hours on end to style hair. Tattoo artists are bent over in a chair for hours concentrating on their masterpiece. Stay-at-home moms who are carrying babies, laundry baskets and groceries end up with pain. The people who have desk jobs, slouched over a computer all day, constantly using their wrists to type, suffer pain.”

McCumber strives to lessen the aches and pains of everyday, as well as those caused by medical conditions.

McCumber is running a special for Massage Therapy Awareness Week, giving new clients 15% off all services. Please mention this article when making an appointment. She is located at Dream Catcher Day Spa, located at 4815 FM 2351, Ste 203 in Friendswood.

She can be reached at 832-588-1060 or by visiting

Source: The Pearland Journal

Brazoria County Establishes Permanent Rx Drug Drop Boxes

BACODAOn September 27, the Brazoria County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, with support from many community organizations, hosted another official Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Pearland.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a national initiative to encourage citizens to turn in unwanted or expired medications for safe disposal at collection sites across the country. At September’s event, we hosted four sites in Brazoria County: Angleton, Lake Jackson, and two locations in Pearland. Across all four sites, we collected an astonishing 1,261 pounds of medications for safe disposal.

This Take Back event would not have been possible without the support of the entire community, including but not limited to: DEA; Brazoria County Constable Buck Stevens of Precinct 3, with special thanks to Deputy Wes Benefield; Brazoria County Constable Willie Howell of Precinct 2, with special thanks to Deputy Christina Webster; Stella Roberts Recycling Center, with special thank to Wes Shows; Brazoria Co. Library System, with special thanks to Tom West; Keep Pearland Beautiful; and community volunteers, Carol Love, Tiana Boddy, Debbi Williams, Alabama Pham, Dalton Meyer, Edward Miller, and Miguel Moreno who volunteered their time to help.

This was the last Take Back event that will be sponsored by DEA. Brazoria County Community Coalition has participated in this event twice a year since 2012, and across those six events, citizens returned 6,672 pounds of medications, with 2,105 pounds coming from Pearland sites. That’s over one ton of drugs that were incinerated in Pearland alone! Additionally, Take Back helped raise awareness about the issues related to prescription drug abuse in our community, which led to the Brazoria County Permanent Prescription Drug Disposal Project.

Now there are six permanent Rx Drug Drop Boxes available to citizens every single day: Alvin Police Department, Angleton Police Department, Clute Police Department, Freeport Police Department, Lake Jackson Police Department, and Sweeny Police Department. For more information on this program, visit

Each drug that is returned protects our youth and our community from prescription drug abuse and protects our environment and water supply. Thank you, Brazoria County, for taking action on safe disposal of unused medications!

Benefit for Women’s Center of Brazoria County Nov 9




For more information, call 832-885-4558 or 832-282-7771. For more information about the Women’s Center of Brazoria County, click HERE.

Life Skills House Presents Practical Workshop Oct 25



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FREE Financial Workshop Sept 27


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