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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.

Emory professor named 19th US poet laureate

Emory professor named 19th US poet laureate

WASHINGTON -- A Pulitzer Prize winner is the nation's first poet laureate to hail from the South since the initial one was named by the Library of Congress in 1986.

Emory University writing professor Natasha Trethewey will be named the library's 19th poet laureate Thursday. She is also Mississippi's top poet.

The 46-year-old Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for her book of poems, "Native Guard." They focused partly on history that was erased because it was never recorded.

She wrote of the Louisiana Native Guard, a black Civil War regiment assigned to guard white Confederate soldiers held on Ship Island off Mississippi's Gulf Coast. Confederate prisoners were memorialized, but the black Union soldiers weren't.

The first poet laureate was Robert Penn Warren -- an inspiration for Trethewey.

Atlanta's first black Episcopal bishop elected

Atlanta's first black Episcopal bishop elected

ATLANTA -- The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta has chosen its first black bishop to lead the church's 52,000 members in north and middle Georgia.

The Very Rev. Robert C. Wright was elected Saturday by delegates representing the region's 96 parishes.

The 48-year-old priest currently serves as rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Atlanta. He will replace Bishop J. Neil Alexander, who has held the job in Atlanta for 11 years. Alexander is stepping aside to become a professor and lead the Department of Anglican Studies at Emory University's theology school.

Wright holds degrees from Howard University and the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1999.

Wright is scheduled to be ordained as bishop Oct. 13 in Atlanta.

Emory law school names new dean

Emory law school names new dean

ATLANTA -- A well-known constitutional law scholar has been appointed as dean to the Emory University School of Law.

The university says Robert Schapiro will take the job on May 3.

Schapiro has been a member of the law school's faculty since 1995 and was a former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

He has served as the associate vice provost for academic affairs at Emory and is known as an expert on federalism and constitutional law.

Schapiro also teaches courses in federal courts, civil procedure and legislation and regulation.

Atlanta author to speak at Barnes & Noble

Atlanta author to speak at Barnes & Noble

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based writer Jonathan Merritt will host a talk and book signing at the Emory University Barnes & Noble next week.

Merritt will discuss his new book, A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars. According to Barnes & Noble:

A Faith of Our Own explores the changing face of American Christianity by examining the coming of age of a new generation of Christians, a generation that wants to influence American culture but is disenchanted with a faith that has become culturally antagonistic and too closely aligned with partisan politics.

Learn more about Merritt, who received his Master of Theology from Emory's Candler School of Theology, at jonathanmerritt.com.

The talk will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 4. Barnes & Noble at Emory is located at 1390 Oxford Road.

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