Sept. 12, 2018
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast. Coming up, learn about the importance of breakfast, the county’s Deer Management Program and accreditation for several Park Authority sites. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Starting the day without breakfast is like taking your car on a road trip with the low fuel indicator flashing. You’re not going to get very far! With the new school year upon us, the Fairfax County Health Department encourages parents to help their children start the day with a nutrient dense breakfast. This first meal provides energy to fuel bodies and promote a high-functioning body and mind. Choose options like whole-grain oats, protein sources such as yogurt, peanut butter or grilled chicken, and be sure to include fruit or vegetables. Help your kids perform their best in school. For more breakfast ideas, visit www.choosemyplate.gov, and search “breakfast.”
The Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program began on Saturday, Sept. 8 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. The archery program is conducted in parks and other locations throughout Fairfax County under the oversight of the county's Police Department, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority and NOVA Parks. The archery program began in FY 2010 and is part of an integrated Deer Management Program to reduce and stabilize the white-tailed deer population in Fairfax County to minimize safety and health hazards related to an overabundance of deer. These impacts include deer-vehicle collisions, potential spread of diseases and environmental damage attributed to deer that can impact the ecosystem. The program was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2000 and is recognized as a safe and efficient method of deer population control by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Because of its proven track record of safety, archery is a preferred deer management method in Fairfax County. Archery is a compatible use within residential areas and community parks, allowing for deer population management in urban and suburban areas. Since Virginia began tracking hunting injuries in 1959, no bystanders have been injured by an archer hunting deer anywhere in the commonwealth. Last year, 95 percent of the total deer harvests in the Fairfax County Deer Management Program were through archery. More information about the Fairfax County Deer Management Program can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/wildlife/deer-management-program.
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The American Alliance of Museums recently announced that the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Resource Management Division and four of its sites have received accreditation from the Alliance. The American Alliance of Museums establishes the standards through which museums are recognized for their commitment to excellence, accountability and professionalism, pointing out “as the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field, accreditation signifies excellence and credibility.” Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, Sully Historic Site and the Park Authority’s Resource Management Division’s Historic Artifact Collections were first accredited in 1979, and all were reaccredited in 1990 and 2002. Green Spring Gardens was included for the first time in 2002. This year, Frying Pan Farm Park has been added to the accreditation list. The honor culminates nearly three years of work. A self-study was submitted to the Alliance in 2016. Museum professionals reviewed the documents, interviewed staff and toured sites as part of the accreditation process. According to the Alliance, there are about 33,000 museums in the United States. Of those, 1,070 are currently accredited. For additional information, call 703-324-8662.
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