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Fulton County maintains ranking in health study

Fulton County maintains ranking in health study

 

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The newly released 2013 County Health Rankings for Georgia confirm the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, environment and access to health care play in how healthy people are and how long they live.  Once again, the Rankings place Fulton County in the top quarter of Georgia counties on health outcomes and health factors according to the report released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Project.

“We know that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office – in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods,” states Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “We have to keep looking at the multiple factors that contribute to good health and ensure that our communities are positioned to address those factors.”

Safe Kids Fulton County celebrates 20 years

Safe Kids Fulton County celebrates 20 years

ATLANTA -- Area residents are invited to join the Safe Kids Fulton County Coalition to celebrate 20 years of service to help keep kids safe.

The special event is scheduled for Thursday, March 29  from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at The Villages at Carver Family YMCA located at 1600 Pryor Street, SE. They will recognize current members and partners dedicated to saving kids’ lives by developing and conducting programs that reduce or eliminate preventable, unintentional injuries and deaths.

The coalition targets the four most common areas of unintentional injuries through education and awareness:

  • Traffic Injuries (passenger, pedestrian, bicycle)
  • Fires and Burns
  • Drowning and near drowning
  • Poison Prevention

For more information about Safe Kids Fulton County and the celebration, call 404.613.3671

Atlanta Track Club holds 5K for women's health

Atlanta Track Club holds 5K for women's health

ATLANTA -- The 2013 Atlanta Women's 5K run/walk will hit Candler Park on Saturday, March 23. 

Atlanta Track Club's Tracy Lott expects around 3,000 women to participate in the race. Runners and walkers can become a team in five divisions including mother/daughter, sister/sister, open women, masters women (age 40 - 49) and grand masters (age 50 and up). 

The race will begin at 8:00 that morning, in front of Veritas Church on S. Ponce de Leon Avenue. Participants will be completing the 5K to celebrate women's health and fitness. A shirt will be given to racers, and finishers will get a flower and Smart Glass necklace. 

At 8:10 a.m., a baby stroller division will also start the race. 

For more information, visit the Atlanta Track Club online. 

 

 

Fulton County Diabetes Community Coalition urges residents to learn about risks

Fulton County Diabetes Community Coalition urges residents to learn about risks

ATLANTA -- Mar. 26 is the 25th annual American Diabetes Association® Alert Day® (ADA), a one-day "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.   The Diabetes Community Action Coalition (DCAC) of Fulton County extends the call to action to all county residents.

Since 2011, the Diabetes Community Action Coalition of Fulton County has been working to mobilize community groups to reduce the health and financial burden of diabetes through education, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and policy, system and environmental changes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to Stop Diabetes.

Fulton County Health Services promote World TB Day

Fulton County Health Services promote World TB Day

ATLANTA -- In support of World TB Day on March 24th, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will sponsor Tuberculosis Awareness Events for residents to learn more about the disease. County residents are encouraged to take advantage of the following opportunities to gain valuable information about tuberculosis:

Wednesday, March 20 - 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Be TB AWARE Health Fair/Presentation in Observance of World TB Day (FREE HIV Testing & TB test if needed / Refreshments) at the Aldredge Health Center located at 99 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr., SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Fulton County approves fee increase to support environmental health services

Fulton County approves fee increase to support environmental health services

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution enabling Fulton County Health Services’ Division of Environmental Health to implement a 10% fee increase effective April 1, 2013.

According to the Division, the fee increase is necessary due to the increased cost of providing Environmental Health Services to the more than 4,700 permitted restaurants, 1,700 swimming pools and 220 tourist accommodations in the County.  The last fee increase was implemented February 1, 2009 and was based on services provided for the 2007 fiscal year.

The new fee schedule can viewed at www.fultoncountygahealth.org.

 

 

Fulton County and community partners orepare for Spring 2013 SPARC Atlanta health screening clinics

Fulton County and community partners orepare for Spring 2013 SPARC Atlanta health screening clinics

ATLANTA -- Fulton County’s SPARC Atlanta preventive healthcare screenings for older adults begin on Thursday, March 28, 2013. 

SPARC Clinics are much more than health fairs.  Citizens who visit SPARC Atlanta clinics can take advantage of several health screenings, vaccinations, nutrition counseling and health education.  Since the initiation of SPARC Atlanta in 2006, more 6000 older adults have participated. 

The spring 2013 clinic dates, times and locations

Thursday, March 28
10:00am-2:00pm
West Hunter Street Baptist Church/SWEEAC
1040 Ralph Abernathy BLVD
Atlanta, GA 30310

Tuesday, April 2
10:00am -2:00pm
Palmetto Community Center
595 Main Street
Palmetto, GA 30268

Saturday, April 13
11:00 am – 3:00pm
East Point Fire Station
2757 East Point Street
East Point, GA  30344