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Lead poisoning prevention class

POSTED: October 25, 2007 5:00 a.m.
With so many recent toy recalls due to lead-based paint and materials, parents may be eyeing their child’s toybox with anxiety. Often, they look to nurses, environmentalists, and the health department for answers. That’s why the Coastal Health District is offering a free lead poisoning workshop called “Lead Poisoning: The Silent Epidemic.” The workshop will be held Oct. 26 and is open to area nurses, environmentalists, and other health professionals who want a better understanding of lead and how it impacts children.
“We want to help our area health professionals answer those questions from parents,” says Judy Hartley, Lead Program Coordinator for the Coastal Health District. “It’s important we understand how the chemical lead works and who is at risk for lead poisoning. If we better educate ourselves, we can help our clients reduce their risks and improve their lives.”
The course will be taught by Dr. Anil T. Mangla, Epidemiologist with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, and Forrest Staley with Georgia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
The registration deadline is Oct. 19, For information, call 356-2160.
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