News to Use Podcast Transcript: Jan. 12, 2011
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Jan. 12, 2011. Coming up, learn about the seasonal flu, green buildings, the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute Scholarship Program, meet authors at county library branches and get the scoop on the Be Fit McLean! Outdoor Adventure & Fitness Expo. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Seasonal flu activity is increasing across the nation. In Virginia, for the first time this flu season, the influenza activity level has increased to widespread. Virginia’s flu season typically begins in December and runs through March, hitting its peak in February, so it’s not too late to get the flu shot. To locate a pharmacy, physician or local Health Department clinic offering seasonal flu vaccine, log on to www.vdh.virginia.gov or visit the Fairfax County Health Department’s flu Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/flu. In addition to getting vaccinated, take these everyday precautions to help prevent spreading the flu:
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay at home when ill.
- Wash your hands frequently.
Typical symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and often extreme fatigue.
Fairfax County builds green in the design and construction of new development and redevelopment projects. A number of library renovations, fire stations and other county buildings have been certified under green building rating systems. Green building elements include:
- Energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures.
- Recycled and renewable building materials.
- Water-saving plumbing fixtures.
- Water-efficient landscaping.
- Maximizing natural light.
To see some of the green buildings and find out more about Fairfax County’s commitment to the environment and energy savings, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/environment.
Are you currently or will you be enrolled in a Virginia college or university? Are you pursuing a degree in the field of criminal justice? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, then you are eligible to apply for a college scholarship from the Virginia Sheriffs' Institute Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available to both full- and part-time students. As part of the application process, Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Barry must submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. To obtain a letter of recommendation, e-mail email@example.com or call 703-246-3251.
Meet authors at several Fairfax County library branches this month, including local writer Kristin Levine who will talk about her book, “The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had,” a Virginia Readers' Choice and 2010 ALA Best Books for Young Adults selection. Find out more about this event and others at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.
And finally, mark your calendar for the 2011 Be Fit McLean! Outdoor Adventure & Fitness Expo on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to all ages, the event is free. Get all the details on the McLean Community Center website at www.mcleancenter.org.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.