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School absentee rate stable despite flu

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.

September 25, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Living well


Drive-through flu shots planned

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 .

September 23, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


GPB special on chilhood obesity

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.

September 23, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Flu season arrives early

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.

September 12, 2009 | By Randolph E. Schmid AP science writer | Living well


Long County Health Dept. offers flu shots

The Long County Health Department has planned several seasonal flu vaccination clinics.

September 09, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Schools, military take precautions against flu

Flu season is only weeks away, and with the addition of the H1N1 strain, area health officials are bracing for a busy fall.

September 04, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Living well


stop-smoking patches offered free in Long

The Long County Health Department is giving stop-smoking patches to residents who are struggling to quit smoking.

September 02, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


DCH encourages Georgians to 'roll up sleeves'

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.

August 26, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


AARP hopes to fill gap in Medicare drug plan

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.

August 12, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Health care reform debate also dominates state budget discussion

Health care reform took front seat at another town hall meeting this week.

August 10, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Swine flu vaccine costs to be subsidized

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.

August 07, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Red Cross puts out call for blood

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.

August 07, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Health reform foes dominate Kingston's Jesup meeting

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.

August 07, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Voice your opinion about 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.

August 05, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


Health officials limiting flu reporting

The public may not be hearing a lot about the latest confirmed cases of swine flu, but the pandemic remains a threat.

July 31, 2009 | By Alena Parker Staff writer | Living well


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Jesup air ambulance crew earns honor

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.

August 24, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Farmers market hitting its peak

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.

August 24, 2014 | By Samantha Koss correspondent | Living well


Volunteers visit residents on family day

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.

August 24, 2014 | By Samantha Koss Correspondent | Living well


Savannah hospital donates to Jesup fire fund

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.

August 24, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Ludowici marks Community Health Week

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.

August 24, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Fleming women's parties benefit community

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.

August 24, 2014 | By Katelyn Umholtz Courier intern | Living well


Dental group donates to hospital foundation

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.

August 24, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Happiness is choice everyone can make

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.

August 24, 2014 | By Kathy Kurazawa Special to the Courier | Living well


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