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Oaktown 357's Sweet LD discusses new business endeavor "WorkOut 357" and more

Oaktown 357's Sweet LD discusses new business endeavor "WorkOut 357" and more

DECATUR, Ga. -- Oaktown 357 known for their dance steps that complimented MC Hammer on numerous stages are returning to dancing for a good cause.

While recognizing the lack of health awareness in the urban community with the passing of Nate Dogg and Heavy D, the duo is set on making a change. WorkOut 357 is not your average work out video and they have incorporated dance steps to keep you motivated. While at the NuFitU event, Sweet LD debuted her workout video to Decatur residents and hosted a mini work out class. In the interview Sweet LD discussed her calling to inform her fans about getting healthy and staying in shape.

www.tinyurl.com/workout357

Decatur welcomed the NuFitU event

Decatur welcomed the NuFitU event

DECATUR, Ga. -- This past weekend, Decatur welcome the NuFitU health fair. The event was sponsored by Vita CoCo, LA Fitness, Good Measure Meals, Atlanta Blaze and Harmoni Network. The event was catered to entire family with games and healthy free food.

CDC: Methadone deaths may have peaked

CDC: Methadone deaths may have peaked

ATLANTA -- Health officials say methadone is involved in nearly one-third of deaths from prescription painkillers. But overdose deaths from methadone appear to have peaked.

Methadone is known mainly for treating heroin addictions but it is also prescribed for pain. Health officials say most of the overdose deaths are people who take it for pain - not heroin addicts.

New federal data shows the number and rate of methadone-related deaths have fallen since 2007.

Experts believe doctors are more cautious today about prescribing methadone for pain because of federal warnings and state prescription monitoring programs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study Tuesday.

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

The ABCs of SPFs

The ABCs of SPFs

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially here. Are you protecting your skin from the sun? Do you know what SPF (sun protection factor) to use? We spoke with Piedmont dermatologist Jodi Ganz, M.D., to find out what those SPF numbers really mean.

“The SPF number means it would take you that much longer to burn than you normally would without sunscreen,” says Dr. Ganz. “If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, then using an SPF5 means it would take you five times longer, or 50 minutes, to burn. An SPF10 means you could stay in the sun 10 times longer, or 100 minutes.”

But Dr. Ganz cautions that most sunscreens “break down” on average in two hours, meaning they lose their ability to protect you. So, you must reapply sunscreen every two hours.

Top 5 Tips for the Peachtree Road Race

Top 5 Tips for the Peachtree Road Race

ATLANTA -- The race is on! The Peachtree Road Race returns to Atlanta Wednesday, July 4. If you are one of the 60,000 who will be participating, are you ready?

Plenty of seasoned runners lace up for this 10K (6.2 mile) event, but it appeals to athletes of all fitness levels. We consulted with Jennifer Hopper, manager of the Piedmont Hospital Health and Fitness Club, to compile our top five tips to make the most of your experience if you are a beginner or intermediate runner planning to participate in the race.

Learn more from HealthWatchMD.

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.