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Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

By Eric King, ASLA, King Landscaping, www.EricKingLandscaping.com

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Physical activity can help control weight; build lean muscle; reduce fat; promote strong bone, muscle and joint development; and decrease the risk of obesity. To grow up to a healthy weight, kids need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day.

It's getting more difficult to get children to want to go outdoors. Let's Move, a nationwide effort to raise a healthier generation, says eight to 18 year-old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media during a typical day.

We are fortunate to live in a warm climate that provides ample opportunities for children to play outside. What we need to do is remove the obstacles that deter them from doing so.

Paul Share of Conway MacKenzie Receives Chartered Global Management Accountant Designation

Paul Share of Conway MacKenzie Receives Chartered Global Management Accountant Designation

Paul Share, director at Conway MacKenzie Inc., an international consulting firm specializing in turnaround and crisis management, has achieved the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). For Share, who is already a certified public accountant (CPA), the CGMA offers an additional opportunity for him to distinguish himself and demonstrate his commitment to sharpening his management accounting skill set.

The CGMA is a global management accounting designation that recognizes the unique role played by men and women at organizations around the world who are guiding critical business decisions and driving strong business performance. The designation elevates the profession of management accounting which combines financial expertise and business acumen to achieve sustainable business success.

Fulton County Schools celebrates Professionals of the Year

Fulton County Schools celebrates Professionals of the Year

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School System has recognized two behind-the-scenes professionals who make every school day run smoothly.

The 2012-2013 Professional and Support Professional of the Year include a technology specialist and a bus driver, both of whom brighten students' school days with their kindness and expertise.

Fulton County's two winners will be celebrated with their fellow honorees at a special luncheon in the fall.

James Stewart
School Professional of the Year

Stewart has been with Fulton County Schools for 23 years and became a technology specialist when the position was first introduced. He has filled several roles since then, but never forgot his original love, and returned to the job of technology specialist in 2011.

At Roswell's Esther Jackson Elementary, Stewart keeps classroom technology working and accessible for students -- and spreads a little magic on a daily basis.

UHY Advisors Taps Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for Atlanta Office

UHY Advisors Taps Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for Atlanta Office

UHY Advisors Inc. today announced the appointment of Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for the Southeast practice. Bissell will be based in the Atlanta office, serving clients nationwide. She brings expertise in proposal writing, as well as design, process improvement and project management and will report to UHY Advisors’ Managing Director in the southeast, Frank Fenello.

“Beth Bissell’s extensive experience in proposal design and process will take us to a new level,” said Frank Fenello. “It’s vital that we provide our clients with materials that embody not just information but also the transformative power of what UHY Advisors offers companies.”

Nationally, UHY Advisors is one of the top 25 professional services firms specializing in business consulting and tax services to public and private companies in the Fortune 1000 and middle market.

School board announces May community meetings

School board announces May community meetings

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each member of the Fulton County Board of Education sponsors a monthly meeting open to all members of the community.

The sessions provide an opportunity for direct contact with community members and give board members a chance to listen to local issues and concerns.

Board members have set the following meeting dates for May:

District 1 (Linda Schultz)
Monday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Crabapple Middle (10700 Crabapple Road, Roswell)

District 2 (Katie Reeves)
Friday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Summit Hill Elementary (13855 Providence Road, Milton)

District 3 (Gail Dean)
Thursday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Heards Ferry Elementary (1050 Heards Ferry Road, Sandy Springs)

District 4 (Linda Bryant)
Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Campbell Elementary (91 Elder Street, Fairburn)

9 more Fulton students named National Merit Scholars

9 more Fulton students named National Merit Scholars

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine more North Fulton County high school seniors have been named 2012 National Merit Scholars, joining 12 of their peers in earning one of the nation's most prestigious titles for high school students.

The National Merit Scholarship comes with $2,500 for college-bound students to use at the schools of their choice.

To qualify for the honor, a student must earn an exceptionally high score on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They must also be endorsed by their principals, perform well in the classroom and confirm their PSAT scores by earning similar high scores on the SAT.

The nine most recent winners from Fulton County include:

Alpharetta High School
Nathan S. Corbin
Alexandra Edquist
Ananth Punyala