News to Use Podcast Transcript: Sept. 5, 2012

Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for September 5, 2012. Coming up, learn about Miss Utility, a matching grants program for neighborhood development, the importance of nutrition and exercise for kids, and the Human Services Resource Guide. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Residents are reminded to call Miss Utility at 811 before digging on their property to avoid injuries and service disruptions from damage to underground utility lines. Projects include planting shrubs, trees and gardens; building patios; installing fencing, and removing tree stumps and old structures. Remember to dig with "CARE:"

  • Call Miss Utility at 811 before you dig. 

  • Allow time for marking.

  • Respect and protect the marks.

  • Excavate carefully.

In Virginia, calling 811 will reach Miss Utility of Virginia, the state's one-call notification center. A representative will be sent to the caller's property at no charge to mark the underground utility lines by means of paint, stakes, flags or a combination of the three. Miss Utility's hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding legal state and national holidays. Emergency notification service is also available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Do you have an idea or project to improve the quality of life in your neighborhood?  Fairfax County is offering up to $5,000 in matching grants to make your community a better place to live through the Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program. In the past, communities have received money to repair or expand children’s playgrounds, put up community signs and build paths, bridges and outdoor pavilions. Applications are due by Sept. 26.  Visit


You might think your children are getting enough exercise in their PE classes at school, but it takes more than just an hour once a week for your kids to be healthy. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and even if your children aren’t overweight, you can use these tips from to make sure they form healthy habits now that will last a lifetime.


Making sure your kids get enough fruits and vegetables can be tricky, but you can start by mixing vegetables into meals you already make. Consider tossing some spinach in with your pasta or dicing peppers to mix in with your tacos. When it comes to snacks, have fresh fruit or chopped veggies on hand that your kids can grab instead of chips or cookies. If you’re struggling to get your kids excited about healthy foods,’s kids section can help.


The other important part of battling childhood obesity is making sure your kids get enough physical activity. Kids need 60 minutes of vigorous play each day to be healthy. So encourage your kids to put down their video game controllers and organize a game of tag or capture the flag. You can also sign your kids up for a team sport or give them toys that encourage play, like a basketball or jump rope. Find more ideas to get your kids moving and healthy eat tips for the whole family at


Finally, our fast-paced world is demanding. Balancing the daily needs of work and family can be challenging, but help is just a click away with the Human Services Resource Guide. Do you need help with things such as transportation, food, housing and employment?  The online Human Services Resources Guide offers information about a variety of organizations, programs and services available to Fairfax County residents, as well as detailed descriptions and eligibility criteria about services offered by public and nonprofit organizations. To access this online resource, visit

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 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.  

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