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Fulton County Health Services Encourages Residents to “Get Their Plate in Shape”

Fulton County Health Services Encourages Residents to “Get Their Plate in Shape”

March is National Nutrition Month® when everyone is encouraged to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  According to the CDC, approximately 16% of all children in the United States are overweight. Citizens can fight obesity by making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  Fulton County Health Services encourages everyone to think about what goes on their plate or in their bowl.

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, children, teens and adults have diets deficient in dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium and potassium.  Food variety supplies different nutrients, so to maximize the nutritional value of your meal, include healthful choices when preparing your plate.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offer the following tips to “Get Your Plate in Shape”:

Feb. 2-Take Aim at Cancer Presents: Innovations in Lung Cancer Research, Treatment and Patient Care

Feb. 2-Take Aim at Cancer Presents: Innovations in Lung Cancer Research, Treatment and Patient Care

Leading MD Anderson Oncology Chief to Speak at The Lovett School at 7pm

ATLANTA (January 27, 2012) Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2007 (most recent statistics), lung cancer accounted for more deaths than breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer combined. But there’s good news: We’re closer than ever before to eradicating this deadly disease.

Take Aim at Cancer, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization benefiting targeted therapy and lung cancer research, is pleased to present this free educational event that is open to the public. It will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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. 

Fulton County Health Services Focuses on the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Fulton County comprises 10 percent of Georgia’s population and accounts for 54 percent of the state’s AIDS cases.  In recognition of World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness encourages residents to take control and get tested in a world-wide effort to reach “ZERO New Infections, ZERO Discrimination and ZERO AIDS Related Deaths”.  

On Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., free HIV and Syphilis testing will be available at Aldredge Health Center - 99 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303

Other activities will include: provider/vendor displays and “Lunch and Learn” for clients and staff.

The 2011 World AIDS Campaign focuses on “Zero AIDS Related Deaths” signifying a push towards greater access to treatment for all.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, in 2010, there were 2,037 newly diagnosed HIV/ AIDS cases in Georgia.

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.

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Nominate A Child For Bert’s Big Adventure!

Do you know any children ages 5-12 that have a chronic or terminal illness and live in the Atlanta-area? If so, they probably qualify for Bert's Big Adventure! Download the application or nominate a child.

To qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, live in “The Bert Show” radio listening area (All the Hits Q100, 99.7 FM) in metro Atlanta, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®.