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Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

The ABCs of SPFs

The ABCs of SPFs

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially here. Are you protecting your skin from the sun? Do you know what SPF (sun protection factor) to use? We spoke with Piedmont dermatologist Jodi Ganz, M.D., to find out what those SPF numbers really mean.

“The SPF number means it would take you that much longer to burn than you normally would without sunscreen,” says Dr. Ganz. “If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, then using an SPF5 means it would take you five times longer, or 50 minutes, to burn. An SPF10 means you could stay in the sun 10 times longer, or 100 minutes.”

But Dr. Ganz cautions that most sunscreens “break down” on average in two hours, meaning they lose their ability to protect you. So, you must reapply sunscreen every two hours.

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

ATLANTA -- Belk, Inc. has raised more than $1 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help win the fight against breast cancer.

The funds were raised through the company-wide "Pink is Our Passion" campaign held at the department stores in October.

"We want to thank our associates and customers for their generosity in supporting our breast cancer campaign, which has raised more than $2 million over the past two years for Susan G. Komen for the Cure," Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc., said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership with Komen and look forward to our continued efforts to raise more funds to fight this disease."

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Pink is Our Passion was part of a three-year movement to raise $3 million for Komen and its breast cancer initiatives.

Magnolia Stroll to support colon cancer treatment

Magnolia Stroll to support colon cancer treatment

ROME, Ga. -- The northwest Georgia-based Magnolia Foundation will host a food, wine and beer tasting in Rome to raise money for colon cancer treatment.

This "Magnolia Stroll" will be held Thursday, Dec. 15. Participating restaurants include 333 on Broad, 400 Block Bar, Harvest Moon Café, Jefferson's, Johnny's New York Style Pizza, Old Havana City Club and Schroeder's New Deli.

All proceeds benefit the Magnolia Foundation, which provides free colonoscopies for high-risk, under-served and uninsured men and women; raises awareness of colon and colorectal cancer; and acts as an advocate for coverage colonoscopy testing through insurance.

"Early diagnosis of colon and colorectal cancer is directly linked to better survival rates, but only 41 percent of colorectal cancers are diagnosed early," said Lisa Smith, founder of the Magnolia Foundation, which has provided over 100 colonoscopies to patients in Chattooga, Floyd and Polk counties over the past two years.

Trike-a-Thon raises $2K for St. Jude

Trike-a-Thon raises $2K for St. Jude

ROME, Ga. -- More than 60 of Berry College's youngest students burned some serious rubber in the Child Development Center (CDC) Trike-a-Thon this year.

The kids, all between the ages of three and five, brought out their trikes and bikes to ride and raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The event raised $2,000, far exceeding CDC director Ann Tankersley's prediction of between $500 and $700.

"St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital is a worthwhile organization, and we felt it especially appropriate that they serve the needs of children," Tankersley said.

The money raised will go to a day's worth of chemotherapy, oxygen and medications for one child, according to St. Jude officials.

The Berry College CDC is a laboratory preschool and child care center serving kids in PreK3 and PreK4 classes.

For more information about how to help St. Jude, visit www.stjude.org.

LOCAL PROFILE: Turkey Day Fitness Tips


ATLANTA – Next week marks the start of the season many of us look forward to, year round. People love this season, dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year”, for a number of reasons. For children it could be the toys and gifts they receive or the annual visit to Grandma’s house. Or for adults it could be the abundant holiday cheer or the abundant holiday food it's okay to consume for the mere sake of the holiday. For some, the holidays can be too cheery and many end up heavier than they were before they started. 

Was the holiday food really worth a holiday gut? Think again.

Many people struggle with this issue, year in and year out. Some go on crash diets before the holiday or workout until they’re fatigued to “make room” for their Thanksgiving Feast but Amy Henry at FORUM Fitness in Buckhead thinks they’re all “wasting their time”.