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Fulton County Cooperative Extension to help residents navigate health insurance options

Fulton County Cooperative Extension to help residents navigate health insurance options

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension will offer Affordable Care Act information sessions to assist residents, small businesses and their employees through the new Healthcare Marketplace.

Interested parties are encouraged to register for a free information session that will be led by a University of Georgia (UGA) health navigator assigned to Fulton County to assist with helping individuals and small businesses complete eligibility and enrollment forms during. Residents should call (404) 332-2400 to register for a session.

Health Navigator, housed under UGA Cooperative Extension, are able to help residents decide on the best health insurance to meet their needs and will help them apply—either electronically or by paper—to establish eligibility, enroll in coverage and potentially qualify for an insurance affordability program.

Fulton Co. Fall SPARC held for seniors around Atlanta

Fulton Co. Fall SPARC held for seniors around Atlanta

FULTON COUNTY -- Fulton County is offering a fall program for seniors around the area to take advantage of early healthcare screenings, nutrition counseling and to learn more about staying healthy. 

Fulton County's Fall SPARC begins Tuesday, September 24. With Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration, more than 7,300 adults have been reached since 2006. They have gotten health screenings, learned more about Medicare, gotten employment assistance, Food Stamp assistance and learned about dental care. 

The schedule for the Fall SPARC is as follows: 

September 24 - Roswell Neighborhood Center

October 5 - Ben Hill United Methodist Church

October 9 - Refuge Temple Ministries

October 10 - West Hunter Street Baptist Church/SWEEAC

October 12 - Fountain of Hope

October 15 - Baptist gardens

October 16 - Simpson St. Church of Christ

 

For more information, call (404) 613-6000.

Fulton's Fall SPARC Atlanta Clinics seek to enhance the health and quality of life for older adults

Fulton's Fall SPARC Atlanta Clinics seek to enhance the health and quality of life for older adults

ATLANTA -- Fulton County’s Fall SPARC (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration) Atlanta preventive healthcare screenings for older adults begin on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Citizens who participate in SPARC Atlanta clinics can take advantage of health screenings, nutrition counseling and health education. Since the initiation of SPARC Atlanta in 2006, more than 7,300 older adults have visited SPARC Clinics to obtain health screenings as well as obtain information regarding Medicare Assistance, employment assistance, Food Stamp Assistance, nutrition education and dental education. 

The fall 2013 clinic dates, times and locations include:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Roswell Neighborhood Center
1250 Warsaw Rd.
Roswell, GA 30076

Saturday, October 5, 2013
Ben Hill United Methodist Church
2099 Fairburn Road,
Atlanta, GA 30331

Fulton County Cooperative Extension sponsors free workshop for budding entrepreneurs

Fulton County Cooperative Extension sponsors free workshop for budding entrepreneurs

ATLANTA -- Have you ever considered starting your own home-based business? Fulton County Cooperative Extension will sponsor a free workshop on Starting a Home-Based Business on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Central Library, 1 Margaret Mitchell Square, Suite 109, Atlanta.

Participants will gain valuable information to help them start and maintain a successful home-based business. Specific topics will include how to identify fraud and scams billed as business opportunities, space and time needs, identifying factors that contribute to success and much more.  

Fulton County Cooperative Extension hosts monthly classes on a variety of topics such as nutrition, financial management, diabetes and gardening. Classes are held in locations throughout the county.  Call 404-332-2400 for more information.

9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine elementary and middle schools in Fulton County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Fulton County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* A. Philip Randolph ES
* Birmingham Falls ES
* Conley Hills ES
* Oak Knoll ES
* Ocee ES
* Ridgeview Charter School
* Stonewall Tell ES

Silver
* Hembree Springs ES
* Holcomb Bridge MS

Ga. movie theater ads target drugs, underage drinking

Ga. movie theater ads target drugs, underage drinking

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Public service announcements provided by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities that target underage drinking, drugs and alcohol abuse are being shown in AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas across Georgia and in Screenvision Theaters in Columbus.

The ads, which are scheduled to run through June 30, 2014, are part of an initiative led by the department's Division of Addictive Diseases to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related deaths, according to a statement released by the Georgia agency.

The campaign, referred to as the Alcohol Prevention Project (APP), is funded by a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

North Fulton Hospital names new CFO

North Fulton Hospital names new CFO

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Lyra Howalt has been appointed chief financial officer of North Fulton Hospital, the Roswell hospital announced Wednesday.

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Howalt has 28 years of accounting and finance experience. She comes to Georgia from Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, N.C.

"I love North Fulton Hospital," Howalt said. "My husband came to North Fulton Hospital for care several times when we lived here previously. We had great experiences then, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the administration here."

Howalt and husband Terry live in Roswell. They have two grown daughters.

Learn more about North Fulton Hospital at nfultonhospital.com.