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.
Everyone may soon be getting a shot in the arm for protection against swine flu as health insurance providers and public health officials prepare for a national vaccine program.
SAVANNAH -The American Red Cross urges individuals to donate blood as soon as possible. The current blood supply has dropped critically low throughout the Southeast.
JESUP - "Now, you can see what the intensity level is about this… and I welcome all points of view," U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, said before hundreds of people at Wednesday's town hall meeting here on health care reform.
The country's health care system stands on the brink of a possible overhaul, which could save lives or cost lives, or save tax money or cost more, depending on who's talking about the various plans being advanced.
The public may not be hearing a lot about the latest confirmed cases of swine flu, but the pandemic remains a threat.
Sixty-Seven percent of people with dementia will wander. It is the most common and dangerous behavior associated with Alzheimer's/dementia. A class regarding your loved one, dementia and safety has been set for Savannah.
One pint at a time, Liberty County residents may have saved more than 100 lives Wednesday.
Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital is on its way to achieving a coveted baby-friendly designation. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program launched in 1991, encourages hospitals to offer the best care for new families and encourage breast-feeding. To achieve the program's baby-friendly designation, hospitals must successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and comply with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide affordable health-care services to the Savannah community, recently promoted Dr. Michael Adams to chief medical officer.
At Canyon Ranch Institute, a short quote on the wall of the offices serves as a call to action. One of the CRI team members heard it at a reunion many years ago, and it stuck with us: "Friends are medicine."
The Miniature Masterpieces art show will hang in the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery as part of the annual fall show and silent auction.
The American Red Cross likes to remind eligible donors that it's never too late - or too early - to make blood donation a lifelong habit.
The Liberty County Health Department now has flu vaccines available through injection and nasal spray for $28.
STATESBORO - Members of the Georgia Southern University Pandemic Influenza and Emergency Infectious Disease Committee met last week to discuss community and campus preparedness and response related to infectious diseases such as the ebola virus and influenza.
The Jesup Air Evac Lifeteam base, which provides air medical service and access to health care for those who live in medically underserved areas, recently was selected as the company's national base of the year. Senior Program Director Donald Mixon and members of the crew accepted the award at a national banquet Sept. 6 in St. Charles, Missouri.
Jonell Bacon-Seward, an employee at the Liberty County Health Department and a clerk for Women, Infants, and Children, recently won the 2014 WIC Customer Service Award for the Coastal Health District.
Working in conjunction with Bryan County and the Bryan County Family Connection, Gateway Behavioral Health Services recently launched mental-health and addictive-disease treatment services for children and adults in Bryan County.
SAVANNAH - Armstrong State University and South University are entering into a partnership designed to help local students pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree without having to leave the Savannah area.
I've lived in Savannah for just over 10 years, and I feel really grounded in the city because I'm out and about frequently, riding my bike, walking, visiting the Forsyth Farmers Market or taking a break in one of our city's beautiful squares.
STATESBORO - The Georgia Southern University School of Nursing recently was chosen as part of a test program in which 100 schools received funding to pilot their first white coat ceremonies.
The leaves have yet to change color, but there's already a virus circulating this fall that has sent children in 21 states to the hospital with severe respiratory illness.
I've spoken at several conferences in the past year or so where presenters were opining on the subject of the teenage brain. Their thesis was that features of the so-called teenage brain are largely responsible for the self-centered, irrational, moody, rebellious behavior now associated with adolescence.
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