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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.

Carmel Elementary Raises over $6000 for Relay for Life

Carmel Elementary Raises over $6000 for Relay for Life

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The staff and students at Carmel Elementary take the fight for a cancer cure seriously throughout the school year.  Each year the staff at Carmel organizes a Relay for Life team who help raise money throughout the school year.  This year’s team was co-captained by Jami Gilliam and Margaret Duke while Deb Krug, Tracy Roach, Janet Price, Robbin Walker, Amanda Owen, and Audrey Craig made up the rest of this dynamic team.  In addition to raising money to find a cure, the Relay Team wanted to increase awareness as well as celebrate the Carmel survivors.

Weekend showcase geared toward seniors

Weekend showcase geared toward seniors

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Cherokee County Recreation Center will host an extravaganza for local seniors this weekend.

Everyone is invited to come down to the center for a showcase of products and services, including health screenings, a fashion show, demonstrations, entertainment and food. Admission is free and includes all-day bingo and door prize drawings.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. It is sponsored by Cherokee Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.).

For more information, visit www.saltcherokee.com. The recreation center is located at 7545 Main Street in Woodstock.

Woodstock Businesses Launch "60 Days to Change"

Woodstock Businesses Launch "60 Days to Change"

Change-to make the form, nature, content, or future course different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.  Are you looking for a change?  Two local Woodstock businesses are launching  "60 Days to Change" on Sunday, April 15th.  Bowen's Tiger-Rock Academy and Maximum Nutrition, located on Rose Creek Dr, are looking for 60 people committed to "real" change in how they look and feel.  Men and women, ages 14 and up, are welcome to join the Change regardless of current fitness level, or lack thereof.

Woodstock chiropractor raises hundreds for Rivera family

Woodstock chiropractor raises hundreds for Rivera family

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Woodstock chiropractor raised $450 Thursday for the family of Jorelys Rivera, the seven-year-old Canton girl whose body was found Monday.

MORE: Condolences for Jorelys Rivera's family

Dr. Brian G. Gregg declared Thursday, Dec. 8 "Remember Jorelys Day" at his practice, Gregg Chiropractic Center. He accepted $15 donations for the Jorelys Rivera Memorial Fund in exchange for treatment.

"We were all devastated by [Jorelys' death]," Gregg said. "I wanted to turn all of this emotion into something positive."