Akin to screening potential blood donors, IMMB conducts a thorough review of donors' medical history and blood work to ensure safety for the recipient of the donation. Once collected, donor milk undergoes further analysis, culture testing, and pasteurization before IMMB's staff freezes it. The organization charges those requesting pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) a fee to help offset the cost of testing and processing the donated milk, but many families facing financial hardship are unable to pay this processing fee. To assist these families, IMMB began the Milk Money & More Project, which collects monetary donations to offset the processing fees of PDHM orders for families unable to meet its cost. Currently, IMMB spends the majority of its own operational budget on the collection, processing, and distribution of PDHM, and is financially unable to fulfill all requests for PDHM. The Milk Money & More Project is in need of additional funding in order to provide PDHM to infants whose families cannot afford it.
The fluid motions of Pilates Plus' workouts release muscular tension, improve posture and flexibility as they tone physiques. Within the intimate studio—characterized by warm earth tones and soft lighting—Pilates equipment abounds, including foam support blocks and Reformer machines. The studio's classes range from traditional Pilates classes to yoga sessions and barre workouts, which mix Pilates and yoga with calisthenics and dance. Trainers oversee each workout, ensuring students strengthen their cores with proper form, rather than developing six-packs on their faces. Athletes seeking more one-on-one attention, however, can opt for private training sessions.
With a full bar, frequent live music, and beer-friendly grub from the kitchen, PJ O’Keefe’s Ale House is a lively spot to watch the game or sit down for a meal. From an Irish-American themed menu, the kitchen sends out dishes such as Guinness-battered cod and O'Leary's hand-dipped tenderloin sandwiches. Frequent food and drink specials occur during days the bar plays big games, followed by live music from a lineup of bands who frequent the stage.
Mud oozes through fingers, toes, and other places mud should never ooze through during Mudathlon, a challenge that puts 3 miles and more than 40 obstacles between racers and the finish line. With multiple stops across the country, Mudathlon transforms its destinations into messy, muck-riddled swamplands, where participants ascend walls, zip down slides, and always end up in the same place—back in the mud. Course marshals stationed along each route keep feet moving in the right direction, and at the finish line, the top three male and female competitors receive Top Mudder awards for finishing fastest while ingesting the government’s daily recommended serving of mud. After the race, individuals and teams gather to celebrate at a country-themed party, which continues the festivities with live music, costume contests, and an abundance of food and beer.