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Fulton County Approves Resolution to Increase Efforts to Reduce Asthma-Related Disparities

At its January 4th Regular Meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution sponsored by Vice Chair Emma I. Darnell directing the County Manager and Director of Health Services to develop an Asthma Control Action Plan to address asthma-related disparities in Fulton County. According to the American Lung Association, nearly 1 out of every 12 residents of Fulton County suffers from asthma.

Research reflects that the largest number of asthma-related death rates is from citizens located in communities south of I-20. This includes Districts 5, 6 and7.



According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, an estimated 410 Georgia women were newly diagnosed with cervical cancer in Georgia in 2011.  January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and Fulton County Health Services encourages all women to take control of their health by having annual cervical cancer screenings known as Pap tests and to make healthier lifestyle choices.  

If detected and treated early, cervical cancer is 90% curable.  In Georgia, it is estimated that 134 women die of cervical cancer each year. Symptoms of early stage cervical cancer or pre-cancer are not easily identified and often have no signs or symptoms.  Women 21 and older need to have regular Pap tests to monitor cervical health. 

Fulton County Health Services Encourages Residents to Get Vaccinated

In observance of National Immunization and Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 5 – 9, 2011, Fulton County Health Services will sponsor flu vaccination drives throughout the county to vaccinate residents, especially pregnant women, against the seasonal flu virus.  There is a $25 fee for the seasonal flu vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is important for pregnant women to get a flu shot. The nasal spray vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women. The flu shot given during pregnancy has been shown to protect both a mother and her baby (up until 6 months of age when the child can be vaccinated) from flu.

Flu vaccine safety studies have also shown that flu vaccination does not cause miscarriage during pregnancy and it can be given during any trimester.  Millions of pregnant women have safely received the flu shot over the years, and more pregnant women are getting vaccinated against flu than ever before.

WellStreet plans 12 Metro Atlanta urgent care centers

WellStreet plans 12 Metro Atlanta urgent care centers

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta company called WellStreet Urgent Care said it plans to open 12 urgent care centers in Metro Atlanta in 2012.

The first center will open in January at 2292 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, the company said.

Others are planned in Alpharetta, Austell, Chastain, Decatur, Dunwoody, Marietta, Peachtree City, Sandy Springs and Woodstock, according to the company's website.

"By the end of 2012, the company plans to become the largest provider of urgent care services in the Atlanta metroplex," WellStreet said in a statement.

WellStreet said its centers will be open extended hours, seven days a week, and be located in neighborhood retail centers. The company's chief medical officer is Dr. Lee Resnick.

For more information, visit wellstreet.com.

LOCAL PROFILE: Turkey Day Fitness Tips


ATLANTA – Next week marks the start of the season many of us look forward to, year round. People love this season, dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year”, for a number of reasons. For children it could be the toys and gifts they receive or the annual visit to Grandma’s house. Or for adults it could be the abundant holiday cheer or the abundant holiday food it's okay to consume for the mere sake of the holiday. For some, the holidays can be too cheery and many end up heavier than they were before they started. 

Was the holiday food really worth a holiday gut? Think again.

Many people struggle with this issue, year in and year out. Some go on crash diets before the holiday or workout until they’re fatigued to “make room” for their Thanksgiving Feast but Amy Henry at FORUM Fitness in Buckhead thinks they’re all “wasting their time”.

Take-back event yields 3,800 pounds of drugs

Take-back event yields 3,800 pounds of drugs

ATLANTA -- The third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 29 was a huge success in Georgia.

Participants turned in about 3,794.35 pounds of unwanted and expired medication for safe disposal at numerous sites across the state.

This amount exceeded the weight of the drugs collected at the second event in April, which was about 3,509 pounds.

"The total number of drugs taken back in Georgia speaks volumes about the problem of unused and unneeded prescriptions, the danger they pose to the community and the communities' commitment to making prescription drug abuse a top priority in the state," John Comer, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Field Division, said in a statement.

Power of Pink raises $19K for Komen Atlanta

Power of Pink raises $19K for Komen Atlanta

ROSWELL, Ga. -- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ended Monday, but North Fulton Hospital got started a little early by raising well over $19,000 in September.

The money was raised during the Power of Pink, a breast cancer awareness luncheon hosted by the hospital on Sept. 23.

"To raise such a significant amount of money at an inaugural event is a point of pride for the hospital," said Debbie Keel, CEO of North Fulton Hospital.

Power of Pink, which was held at the Country Club of Roswell, treated attendees to lunch and a fashion show in which breast cancer survivors modeled the latest fall fashions from Dillard's. Money raised during the event went to the Greater Atlanta office of Susan G. Komen.