Author: Michael Rushbrook

National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the American Dental Association is asking people to “Defeat Monster Mouth.” This month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. The ADA and dentists across the country also celebrate Give Kids A Smile Day on Feb. 6 by providing free oral health care to children. This year’s campaign slogan, “Defeat Monster Mouth,” is displayed on posters that feature the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, Den and Gen...

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Cousins Book Club

By Karen Gordon VERY TIME @SayWhatScooter spends time with his cousin Jamil, they come up with a new “thing.” First, there was the boiled peanuts which they sold for a spell at the Saturday Market. Next, was a brief stint with slime. #CousinsPeanutsAndSlime has an interesting ring to it (not to be confused with Jones BBQ and Foot Massage). Another idea was their customized spa experience, complete with soothing music and lighting, courtesy of Alexa. Most recently, they’ve talked about starting their own book club so I’m putting together a starter kit, of sorts. I’ve been looking for books  they...

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South Aiken Physical Therapy & Wellness

Uses Boxing to Help Parkinson’s Patients Fight Their Way Out of the Corner. By Renee Williams   “I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson’s. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there’s freedom to do a lot of things in areas that I wouldn’t have otherwise found myself in.” – Michael J. Fox. Affecting over 5 million people worldwide, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder that causes the decrease of dopamine, often characterized by symptoms such as slowed movement, tremor and rigidity. Carolyn McCoy, Certified...

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A Special Valentine’s Day

By Cammie Jones   The history of Valentine’s Day has varied explanations but all point to a common theme: love. Valentine’s Day began with the Roman festival called Lupercalia, held in the middle of February. The festival celebrated the coming of Spring and included fertility rights and giving women to men in a lottery. It was officially renamed St. Valentine’s Day at the end of the fifth century by Pope Gelasius. There are a couple of accounts of who “Valentine” was in history. One explanation is the name came from a priest who was martyred in 270 CE. He...

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Globes and Maps

by Meredith Flory   A strong awareness of geography and quality Social Studies instruction can positively impact today’s students as they grow up with global opportunities for learning, working, and traveling.  While unfortunately not always given as much attention, historical, cultural, and geographical awareness can help students make connections in other subject areas.  The Georgia Council for the Social Studies, in their position statement available online, shares that the quality social studies instruction they advocate for can help students “develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic...

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