On Oct. 1, Mayor James Thomas proclaimed October physical therapy month in Hinesville. Spine and Sport spokeswoman Jodi Laird joined Thomas as he signed a proclamation and said she was grateful for the recognition.
According to Liberty Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Rene' Harwell, already this season there has been a significant increase in patients who have come to the hospital with the flu.
October is the health department's "Let's talk" month, and the campaign encourages parents to talk to their children about sex and sexuality.
The Liberty County Health Department has received 400 of 3,200 doses of the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine that were distributed Tuesday to eight coastal counties by the Coastal Health District.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Hinesville emergency authorities and health-care officials set up drive-through flu vaccination stations to help prepare local residents for the flu season and to practice for an emergency epidemic situation, which would require mass vaccinations.
While some Georgia school systems are experiencing unusually high student absentee rates due to the abnormal flu season - some districts have reported double the normal rate - Liberty County School System administrators said rates in our schools are stable.
The Liberty County Health Department will hold drive-through immunization clinics from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at James A. Brown Park in Hinesville, and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Coastal EMC in Midway .
Georgia Public Broadcasting will televise "Georgia Weighs In: A Childhood Obesity Special" at 8 p.m. Thursday. The broadcast is part of GPB's "Happy Healthy Kids" initiative in partnership with the Aetna Foundation. The initiative seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of childhood obesity and provide resources for prevention.
WASHINGTON - Influenza is circulating unusually early this year with cases in all 50 states - nearly all the swine flu variety, government health officials said Friday.
The highest concentration of flu cases is in the Southeast and a few other states, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at a briefing.
The Long County Health Department has planned several seasonal flu vaccination clinics.
Flu season is only weeks away, and with the addition of the H1N1 strain, area health officials are bracing for a busy fall.
The Long County Health Department is giving stop-smoking patches to residents who are struggling to quit smoking.
ATLANTA - Dr. Rhonda Medows, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health, recently announced the launch of the "Roll Up Your Sleeve" campaign. The campaign aims to educate Georgians about the seasonal flu and novel influenza A (H1N1) and encourage citizens in high-risk groups to get vaccinated.
ATLANTA - By the end of this summer, more than one million Americans will have fallen into the "doughnut hole" - a coverage gap in Medicare's prescription drug program that leaves individuals on the hook for all of their drug costs while still paying premiums.
Health care reform took front seat at another town hall meeting this week.
The Jesup Air Evac Lifeteam base recently was named the Region 3 Base of the Year, an honor presented for best exemplifying the company's mission, which includes community service, education and scene work. Region 3 consists of bases in Georgia, Alabama and parts of Tennessee.
The Hinesville Downtown Farmers Market, which offers fresh food and products from 4-7 p.m. Thursdays through November, is now at the peak of its season.
Coastal Manor hosted a family day for its residents Aug. 9 in Ludowici with help from the Hinesville Rotary Club and Fort Stewart's Medical and Dental Activity Command.
JESUP - St. Joseph's/Candler recently donated $5,000 to the Jesup Downtown Development Authority's fire fund, which was created to help businesses and employees after an Aug. 4 fire affected 25 percent of the downtown Jesup area.
Ludowici Mayor James Fuller recently signed a proclamation on behalf of the city council to declare Aug. 10-16 as National Community Health Center Week. Diversity Health Center CEO Daniel Rafferty made the initial request. Pictured, from left, are Mark Chesser, Gwen Davis, Kathy Phillips, Mary Hamilton, Fuller, Gwen Stewart, Earlene Joiner, Rafferty and Jim Fuller.
Fourteen members of Daniel Baptist Church in Richmond Hill recently spent a rainy Saturday afternoon at a tea and canvas party hosted by Georgia Girl Art Paint Parties.
Howard Family Dental recently pledged $150,000 to ensure that children of sick patients at St. Joseph's/Candler get the help and support they need during times of distress.
One of the most popular songs to come along in the past year or so is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. The first line of the song is "It might seem crazy what I'm about to say," and the chorus begins with "Because I'm happy." That's exactly how I feel.
AUGUSTA - The tip of an immune molecule known for its skill at fighting cancer also may help patients survive pneumonia, scientists report.
SAVANNAH - The Association of Community Cancer Centers recently selected the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center to serve as a community resource center in its Improving Quality Care in Gastric Cancer project.
Military retiree Leon Dingle recently experienced a transformation and feels like a new person now. He credits his success to getting in shape at the Liberty County Armed Services YMCA with his personal trainer, Joe Clark.
The American Red Cross Battle of the Badges is back with Round 3. On Aug. 22, representatives from the local sheriff's office, police department, fire department and emergency medical service will battle it out to see who can recruit the most people in the community to donate blood.
Howard Family Dental recently added Army dentist Dr. Jennifer Hamilton to its team. She will join Dr. Thomas Cade at the practice's Hinesville location.
Walking. We do it all the time. Most of us take walking for granted and don't think about it.
Area officials broke ground last week for a new adult daytime health center in Ludowici.