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.
These days, many businesses say they're community-focused, and plenty are true to that claim. Being engaged with our neighbors is actually good business, because if a community isn't thriving and healthy, its businesses will struggle.
A show described as "a colorful passport to the world" is on display until January at the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery.
BRUNSWICK - Physical movement is an effective way to relieve arthritis pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Yet arthritis often is one of the reasons people avoid physical activity.
For the second year in a row, with the help from the community and partners, Bryan County Emergency Services raised awareness for breast cancer as well as $1,000 for a donation to Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia foundation.
Why are young adult children emancipating so much later than they did in 1970, when the average age of male emancipation - independent living, paying one's own bills - was 21?
Seventy-two participants raced around Hinesville on Oct. 11 in the second annual Healthy Hinesville 5K to benefit local patients with mental-health problems and build awareness for the services that support them.
Diabetes is a disease that sometimes can be forgotten. But in the United States alone, there are over 26 million people living with it and another 79 million who are at risk of being diagnosed with it.
Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia brought an old-fashioned farmers market to the Hinesville Housing Authority's Regency Park Apartments last week.
The Liberty County Armed Services YMCA showed that it is more than just a gym and swim when it held an aerobathon earlier this month.
AUGUSTA - One of the first-known oncogenes has a protein partner that helps breast cancer proliferate, and when it's blocked, so is the cancer, scientists recently reported.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu offered this thought thousands of years ago.
It's time once again for me to clarify my position on spanking. I arrived at this reluctant conclusion because twice in the last week, I've been informed that I believe in it, which is not exactly true.
RICHMOND HILL - Richmond Hill Pharmacy will celebrate its 30th anniversary next week with giveaways of a Kindle Fire and $30 gift cards, free hot dogs, drinks and popcorn, as well as the annual sidewalk sale, Christmas open house and 11th annual health fair. During the celebration event, which is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7 at 2409 Highway 17 in Richmond Hill, pharmacists and staff will be present to answer questions and administer seasonal flu shots as well as pneumonia and shingles vaccines with a doctor's prescription.
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