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Play It Safe on Playgrounds

By DR. NATALIE LANE, MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF GEORGIA AND SAFE KIDS GREATER AUGUSTA   Spring has sprung, bringing outdoor adventure and more trips to the playground for children. Unfortunately, more than 200,000 children age 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms across the nation for playground-related injuries, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and children in the 5 to 9 age range have the highest rates of playground injuries. “Play is an important part of your child’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development, but we must make sure that our children...

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Are We There Yet? BREVARD, NC

By Mary Ashton woods   Located in Transylvania County, the land of waterfalls, Brevard offers nature lovers the opportunity to enjoy hiking, waterfalls and postcard viewpoints minutes from the town center, while also getting a dose of arts and culture.  Start your morning on the grounds of Brevard College where, if you are lucky, you’ll get a peek at the elusive white squirrel known to call the campus home. Indigenous to the area, these rare squirrels even have a festival named after them each May. From Brevard College, head into town (a few blocks away) to check out the cutest...

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Are We There Yet? AWESOME ALPHARETTA

By Mary Ashton Mills   Located just below the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, Alpharetta is easily accessible on Georgia 400 and is minutes from downtown Atlanta. This city is a prime example that there’s still a lot to do without setting foot inside Atlanta’s perimeter. Unique shopping and entertainment districts are abundant in Alpharetta. Put a smile on every doll lover’s face with a visit to Georgia’s only American Girl Boutique and Bistro. Located at North Point Mall, it’s the perfect place for you, your children and their dolls to have lunch and shop, followed by an...

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Are We There Yet? CUMBERLAND ISLAND, GA

By Mary Ashton Mills   If you are looking to go off the grid and connect with nature, consider a camping trip to Georgia’s largest barrier island, Cumberland Island, where you can find peace and solitude in a variety of outdoor environments from marsh and ocean to maritime forest and freshwater lakes. By allowing only 300 visitors on the island per day, visitors will enjoy privacy without the commercial distractions of some beach vacations. Once you arrive in St. Mary’s, Ga., the ferry departs from the visitor center twice daily and can be boarded for day trips or overnight...

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Protect Your Family From TV Injuries

By DR. NATALIE LANE, MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF GEORGIA AND SAFE KIDS GREATER AUGUSTA   If one of the gifts you or your children unwrapped over the holidays is a shiny new television, be sure you handle these electronic wonders with caution and care. A curious, determined child can topple a TV in an instant, causing serious injury. In fact, about every 45 minutes, a child is taken to an emergency room because of a TV tipping over, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Not surprising, about 47 percent of TV tip-over injuries happen to...

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