Relaunch invites seniors to "Spring Into Good Health" on first day of spring

Broward County Parks and Recreation Division and the Health Foundation of South Florida (HFSF) will bring the free program Walk With Ease, for ages 55 and up, back to five Broward County park sites (listed below).

The program, which was first held in County parks in 2012, will get under way again from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 20 (the first day of spring). This evidence-based program encourages older adults to start walking for their health. Attendees at the kickoff will have an opportunity to register and learn more about the program, which this year takes the theme “Spring Into Good Health.”

During March, the Broward County Purchasing Division joins other professional associations participating in Purchasing Month, taking advantage of the national observance to inform the local community about the important role that the municipal purchasing profession plays by producing transparency and saving taxpayer money.

Throughout the month, residents, vendors and potential vendors are encouraged to visit an informative display in the lobby of the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

Broward County is the first county government in the United States to achieve a four-star certification under the Sustainability Tools For Assessing & Rating (STAR) Communities, recognized for “national excellence” in community sustainability.

The County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division led the community-wide effort to collect and analyze data from more than 30 different County departments and community partners on more than 500 initiatives across seven categories: Built Environment; Climate and Energy; Economy and Jobs; Education, Arts and Community; Equality and Empowerement; Health and Safety; and Natural Systems.

This Weekend Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) urges residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when clocks “spring forward” this Sunday, March 9, 2014. Although 92 percent of American homes have smoke alarms, non-working smoke alarms contribute to many of the estimated 3,600 deaths and 19,000 injuries caused each year by home fires. Nationally, the most widespread cause of inoperable smoke alarms is worn or missing batteries.

The most common cause of a failing smoke alarm is a missing, dead or disconnected battery. A working smoke alarm can reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by approximately 50 percent, but it is estimated that one-third of them don’t work. Properly working smoke alarms provide an early warning of fire and extra time to escape it.