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Fulton County Workshop to Teach Seniors How to Prepare Tasty and Healthy Summer Meals

Fulton County Workshop to Teach Seniors How to Prepare Tasty and Healthy Summer Meals

EAST POINT, Ga. -- Fulton County and the East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) are collaborating with Georgia State University Nutrition Students to teach seniors how to prepare tasty and healthy meals for the summer.  NORC and the Georgia State students will host a workshop on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall of PTC Christian Church.  The Church is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point Georgia.  PTC in East Point is one of three locations of Peachtree City Christian Church.

Workshop participants will enjoy a FREE three-course meal, which will include a beverage and free recipes to take home. All who wish to attend must RSVP to allow planners to provide an accurate number of servings. There will also be a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to a local grocery store.

For more information, or to RSVP, call Leslie Bridges at 404-762-2094.

Fulton County Health Services Prepares for West Nile Virus Season

Fulton County Health Services Prepares for West Nile Virus Season

Fulton County Health Services urges residents to use preventive measures to deter mosquito growth in their neighborhoods.  West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause a serious illness and is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans.  The occurrence of this virus increases in the summer and continues into the fall.  “We are entering the season for increased mosquito activity,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “In 2011, two human cases of West Nile Virus were identified in Fulton. It is important for us to continue our prevention program and for everyone to use preventive measures to protect themselves and their families against the virus.” 

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.

HIV crisis facing black women in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News is sounding the alarm.

Research shows African-American women, many living in Atlanta, are being infected with HIV -- so much so that the new cases are being compared to African countries. 

Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)

Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342 

DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983 

Clayton: 847 and 943 

Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288 

Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041

In another study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases among women. That's 15 times higher than white women and four percent higher than Hispanic women.

Fulton Health Services Launches F.A.I.R. to Address Asthma Awareness

Asthma is a serious, costly, but controllable chronic disease.  The Fulton County Department of Health Services is launching the Fulton Asthma Improvement and Reduction (F.A.I.R.) Initiative to focus on the state of asthma in Fulton County. According to the American Lung Association, 24,657 children and nearly 55,000 adults suffer from asthma in Fulton County. 

Fulton County Kicks off Spring SPARC Atlanta Health Screening Clinics for Older Adults

Fulton County Kicks off Spring SPARC Atlanta Health Screening Clinics for Older Adults


Older adults in need of preventive health care screenings at no cost or at a lower cost can take advantage of upcoming SPARC (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration) clinics that begin Saturday, April 14, 2012.  The 2012 spring clinics headed by the Fulton County Department of  Housing and Human Services Office of Aging will feature immunizations and routine health screenings such as tests for cholesterol levels, blood glucose and blood pressure.

The clinic dates, times and locations are listed below.

Saturday, April 14, 2012
East Point Fire Station
2757 East Point Street
East Point, GA 30344

Wednesday,April 18, 2012
10:00 am -2:00pm
Cosby Spears Memorial Towers
355 North Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA  30308

Alpharetta Elementary is committed to health

Alpharetta Elementary is committed to health

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Faculty members at Alpharetta Elementary School are participating in a fitness event to show their commitment to their well-being.

The school has teamed up with Harry's Farmers Market for a staff fitness challenge, which asks faculty members to meet five healthy goals every day:

1. Drink more water
2. Eat a healthy breakfast
3. Eat a minimum of 3 servings each of fruits and vegetables
4. Walk 5,000 steps
5. Encourage friends/coworkers to make healthy choices

The teachers, who are split into teams, compete together for points and prizes. Harry's Farmers Market is pitching in by donating two lunches a month and healthy snacks throughout the program.

The fitness challenge will run until the end of March.