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Fulton County Health Services and the Healthy Heart Coalition celebrates American Heart Month

Fulton County Health Services and the Healthy Heart Coalition celebrates American Heart Month

Fulton County Health Service and the Healthy Heart Coalition is supporting a range of activities in commemoration of American Heart Month this February. The Coalition’s American Heart Month activities will commence with a special proclamation at the February 6th Fulton County Board of Commissioners meeting. With the help of stakeholders, community leaders, medical experts, policy makers and grassroots organizations, the Coalition will also be supporting a range of healthy heart activities throughout the month of February.

The American Heart Association recommends we assess our risk factors for cardiovascular disease and work to keep them low. The sooner we begin reducing our risks, the longer and stronger our hearts will beat. In the spirit of American Heart Health Month, the American Heart Association encourages everyone to be aware of the following:

Fulton County warns about new strain of Norovirus

Fulton County warns about new strain of Norovirus

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Over the last few weeks the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness has investigated several outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease associated with food service establishments. 

For some of these events the department has documented that a new strain of Norovirus that is spreading widely throughout the United States was the cause and that the virus had infected food service workers. 

The Department of Health and Wellness is offiering advice on steps everyone, particularly food service establishments, can take to avoid this common and unpleasant gastrointestinal illness.

The most important step in controlling the spread of this virus is regular hand washing with soap and water. 

Noroviruses are easily transmitted by touching a contaminated surface as well as by direct contact or by eating food or drinking liquids that have been contaminated with the virus. 

Fulton Health Services recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Fulton Health Services recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on February 7, Fulton County Health Services will provide FREE HIV testing and counseling to residents.  NBHAAD is a nationwide mobilization effort designed to encourage African Americans across the United States to get educated, get tested, get treated and involved with HIV/AIDS, as it continues to affect African American communities.

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a $4.5 million grant to Fulton County to implement high impact HIV prevention programs in both Fulton and DeKalb Counties.   The overall goal of the grant is to identify more residents who are HIV infected but are unaware of their status and to link those individuals with medical services and treatment.  The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 HIV infected persons are unaware of their status.

Roswell event to offer free Alzheimer’s Sensitivity Training Program

Roswell event to offer free Alzheimer’s Sensitivity Training Program

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Consumers interested in experiencing first-hand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease are invited to attend a free sensitivity training event on January 31 in Roswell.

Presented by Second Wind Dreams, the Atlanta-based nonprofit changing the perception of aging, the event will give the public the opportunity to experience The Virtual Dementia Tour®, a 20-minute long scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of sensory tools and instruction.

Local families, business leaders, first responders, and church groups are invited to join with the more than 500,000 people in 14 countries who have experienced the tour.

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants all residents to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and have fun while “walking across Georgia”.  Daily activities such as walking the dog, going for a jog and playing catch with the kids quickly add up to virtual miles that are used to “walk” across the state. 

“We invite all residents who made New Year’s resolutions to get fit and be healthier to join our initiative,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Although this event is called Walk Georgia, any form of activity can be logged to track mileage.  The primary goal is to get moving.”

Brookhaven 5K charity run/walk announces new location, course

Brookhaven 5K charity run/walk announces new location, course

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is once again gearing up for the much anticipated 8th annual Big Peach 5K Run/Walk for Blood Cancer set for May 4 and sponsored by Nike and Brookhaven-based retailer, Big Peach Running Co. Since 2006, this popular neighborhood event has raised over $107,000 towards the fight against blood cancer. This year's race will feature a new start and finish area at Town Brookhaven to coincide with the future relocation of the Big Peach Running Co. flagship store in March of this year.

Fulton County Health Services offers six locations for residents to get vaccinated against the flu

Fulton County Health Services offers six locations for residents to get vaccinated against the flu

FULTON COUNTY -- Fulton County has six locations where residents can receive the flu vaccination. Citizens can visit one of these six health centers for the flu vaccine:

 

Adamsville Regional Health Center – 3700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, 404-613-4215      

College Park Regional Health Center -1920 John E. Wesley Ave., College Park, 404-765-4155

Lakewood Health Center - 1853 Jonesboro Rd., SE, Atlanta, 404-624-0626

Neighborhood Union Health Center - 186 Sunset Ave., Atlanta, 404-612-4665

Center for Health and Rehabilitation – 265 Boulevard., NE, Atlanta, 404-612-5835

North Fulton Regional Health Center – 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, 404-332-1834

Vaccines are available from 9:00am – 4:00pm through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness.