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Washington Sports Clubs Opening Doors to Hurricane Irene Victims

Although Hurricane Irene is long gone, her fury is still being felt by millions of east coast residents as they wade through her aftermath in an attempt to return to normalcy.  From severe flooding to lost power and water supply, the stories of all of our friends in all our communities affected are as expansive as those who have felt her aftermath.

Power Outages & the Dangers of Generators

With more than 30,000 people in Prince George's County still without power, dangers of generator usage has become prevalent in recent news as there have been three instances with one fatality where families in the area have come in contact with Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

"We understand that people are without electricity. We sympothize with you and we hope the best, however you can not operate a generator inside of a structure. If you live in an apartment you can not operate one on your balcony," said Prince George's County Fire/ EMS Department's Mark Brady.

"It is very important to follow all manufacturer instructions , placing generators at least 15 – 20 feet from homes and in well-ventilated areas," Brady went on to say.

 Here are some more important safety tips Mark Brady and other fire officials are reminding residents when using a generator:    

 

Montgomery County Approves Smoking Ban for Multi-Family Residences

Montgomery County Approves Smoking Ban for Multi-Family Residences

The following information comes to us from The Montgomery County Council:

July 12, 2011—The Montgomery County Council today unanimously approved a Board of Health regulation that will prohibit smoking in certain common areas of multiple-family residential dwellings and certain playgrounds relating to those dwellings. An amendment added to the bill today will ban smoking within 25 feet of playground areas on privately owned property that has a primary purpose to serve the residents of more then one dwelling.

The chief sponsor of the smoking ban smoking was Councilmember George Leventhal, who chairs the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee. Council Vice President Roger Berliner was a co-sponsor.

The ban, which will go into effect on Aug. 12th, got momentum from studies that have looked at the impact of secondhand smoke.

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Report Ranks D.C., Maryland, Virginia On Adult Obesity Rates

Washington, D.C. has the 2nd lowest rate of obese adults in the United States, trailing only Colorado, according to a report from Trust for America’s Heather and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report, entitled F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, investigates weight issues by state, as well as in the District. 

According to the report, 12 states have obesity rates of more than 30 percent.  D.C.’s rate of obese adults, however, is a reported 21%.

Maryland ‘s adult obesity rate is 27.1 percent according to the study, while Virginia’s is 25.9 percent, which ranks them as the 26th and 30th most obese states in the country respectively.

National HIV Testing Day in Prince George's County

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Health Department:

 

LARGO, MD—The Prince George’s County Health Department will offer free, anonymous and confidential HIV tests to mark National Testing Day on Monday, June 27, 2011.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

Summer Food Service Program Ensures Students Don't Go Hungry

This information comes to us from Prince George's County Public Schools:

 Although Maryland is home to three of the richest counties in the nation (Howard, Montgomery and Calvert), 11.1 percent of households in Maryland (or 1 in 9) face a constant struggle against hunger. When schools are closed during the summer months, students who receive free or reduced-price meals throughout the school year are at risk for not receiving the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow.