Our network

Health

Fulton County and NORC to Host Health Services Information Session on Wednesday, June 27

Fulton County and NORC to Host Health Services Information Session on Wednesday, June 27

EAST POINT, Ga. -- East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) in partnership with Fulton County’s Health Department will provide information on all services available through Fulton County Health Services.  The Information Session will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at PTC (Peachtree City) Christian Church.  NORC and Health Services Staff will host the session in the chapel on the PTC Campus.  PTC is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point, GA 30344 and is one of three PTC locations in metro Atlanta.

Participants can obtain answers to questions they have always wanted to know about the “Health Department” but never had a chance to ask. They will also learn what resources are available for adults and children.  Free blood pressure screenings will be available to seniors who participate in the session.

For more information, contact Leslie Bridges at 404-762-2094.

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 COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES PROMOTE CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION

FULTON COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES PROMOTE CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION

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. 

DEALCHICKEN: $30 for $60 at Doctor's Choice Advantage

DEALCHICKEN: $30 for $60 at Doctor's Choice Advantage

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Get a jump start on your New Year's resolution with Tuesday's DealChicken Atlanta deals.

For one day only, DealChicken members can receive two boot camp sessions for the price of one, courtesy of Doctor's Choice Advantage Medical and Weight Management Services. That's $30 for $60 worth of indoor and outdoor cardio-heavy workouts.

If you'd rather relax than work out, this deal is also good for a deep-tissue or Swedish massage from Doctor's Choice Advantage -- pay only $25 for a procedure that normally goes for $65.

This deal expires on June 27, 2012. Doctor's Choice Advantage is located at 960 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.