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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.

As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

Biking to Better Safety

Biking to Better Safety

May is National Bike Month, a celebration of cyclists and the pastime they enjoy. Whether you ride a bicycle to work or school, or for exercise, National Bike Month is a great reminder of how to stay safe while biking on the road.

According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in Georgia, as in most states, the bicycle is legally a vehicle, meaning that general traffic laws apply to cyclists. And because bikes share the road with cars and trucks, accidents can happen.

Sean Sue, M.D., an Emergency Medicine physician at  Piedmont Hospital, says the most important safety tip for a cyclist is to always wear a helmet. “Head injuries account for two thirds of all bicycle-related deaths,” he says. “Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by more than 85 percent.”

Copeland's Hosts Bells Ferry Elementary Teacher/Staff Appreciation

Copeland's Hosts Bells Ferry Elementary Teacher/Staff Appreciation

In honor of the recent Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, Copeland's Restaurants of New Orleans-Atlanta, provided a catered lunch for the beloved teachers and staff memebers at Bells Ferry Elementary School in Marietta. 

This is luncheon was part of an ongoing effort by Copeland's to help support it's community in any way possible. The sponsorship also includes gift certificates for children who make good grades, PTA luncheons and gift certificates and constant teacher support for Bells Ferry Elementary. 

Copeland's is open for lunch and dinner everyday, as well as a Live Jazz Brunch Buffett every Sunday from 10am-3pm. They will also have a special Father's Day Brunch and Dinner Buffett on June 17th starting at 9am! 

For more information please visit www.CopelandsAtlanta.com

 

Six Flags White Water opens this weekend

Six Flags White Water opens this weekend

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Six Flags White Water will open its gates for the summer on Saturday, May 19.

One of the new features for the 2012 season is Dive-In Movies, which offers families a chance to relax and watch the latest flicks in the Atlanta Ocean wave pool. The films will be screened on Thursday evenings from June 7 to July 26.

The other popular White Water attractions will be open all summer long as well.

"We are excited to open our gates here at Six Flags White Water," park president Melinda Ashcraft said in a statement. "The summer season has arrived, and what better way to beat the heat than to bring the entire family to splash around at the park."

Six Flags White Water operating hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park is open daily from May 26 to August 12.

For more information, visit sixflags.com/whitewater.

2012 Free Summer Activities for Kids in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Here is a list of free summer activities for kids and families throughout the Atlanta area. There are plenty of free activities to keep your little ones busy: VBS, movies in the park, educational events, crafts, splash parks and more.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Many churches around Atlanta offer VBS free of charge. Some even include a free meal each day. Sign up fast because spots go quickly. The children will enjoy fun, games, and crafts while learning about Jesus. If any of these churches are charging for VBS, please let us know.

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