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Fulton County Health Services and the Healthy Heart Coalition celebrates American Heart Month

Fulton County Health Services and the Healthy Heart Coalition celebrates American Heart Month

Fulton County Health Service and the Healthy Heart Coalition is supporting a range of activities in commemoration of American Heart Month this February. The Coalition’s American Heart Month activities will commence with a special proclamation at the February 6th Fulton County Board of Commissioners meeting. With the help of stakeholders, community leaders, medical experts, policy makers and grassroots organizations, the Coalition will also be supporting a range of healthy heart activities throughout the month of February.

The American Heart Association recommends we assess our risk factors for cardiovascular disease and work to keep them low. The sooner we begin reducing our risks, the longer and stronger our hearts will beat. In the spirit of American Heart Health Month, the American Heart Association encourages everyone to be aware of the following:

Fulton County warns about new strain of Norovirus

Fulton County warns about new strain of Norovirus

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Over the last few weeks the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness has investigated several outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease associated with food service establishments. 

For some of these events the department has documented that a new strain of Norovirus that is spreading widely throughout the United States was the cause and that the virus had infected food service workers. 

The Department of Health and Wellness is offiering advice on steps everyone, particularly food service establishments, can take to avoid this common and unpleasant gastrointestinal illness.

The most important step in controlling the spread of this virus is regular hand washing with soap and water. 

Noroviruses are easily transmitted by touching a contaminated surface as well as by direct contact or by eating food or drinking liquids that have been contaminated with the virus. 

Fulton Health Services recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Fulton Health Services recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on February 7, Fulton County Health Services will provide FREE HIV testing and counseling to residents.  NBHAAD is a nationwide mobilization effort designed to encourage African Americans across the United States to get educated, get tested, get treated and involved with HIV/AIDS, as it continues to affect African American communities.

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded a $4.5 million grant to Fulton County to implement high impact HIV prevention programs in both Fulton and DeKalb Counties.   The overall goal of the grant is to identify more residents who are HIV infected but are unaware of their status and to link those individuals with medical services and treatment.  The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 HIV infected persons are unaware of their status.

Fulton Health and Human Services opens One-of-a-Kind Facility

Fulton Health and Human Services opens One-of-a-Kind Facility

ATLANTA -- The newly renovated Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center, located at 2805 Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta, officially re-opens Thursday, February 7 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. The center sits on a 22-acre campus and will provide coordinated care to children and their families from all over Fulton County.

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants all residents to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and have fun while “walking across Georgia”.  Daily activities such as walking the dog, going for a jog and playing catch with the kids quickly add up to virtual miles that are used to “walk” across the state. 

“We invite all residents who made New Year’s resolutions to get fit and be healthier to join our initiative,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Although this event is called Walk Georgia, any form of activity can be logged to track mileage.  The primary goal is to get moving.”

Fulton County Health Services offers six locations for residents to get vaccinated against the flu

Fulton County Health Services offers six locations for residents to get vaccinated against the flu

FULTON COUNTY -- Fulton County has six locations where residents can receive the flu vaccination. Citizens can visit one of these six health centers for the flu vaccine:

 

Adamsville Regional Health Center – 3700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, 404-613-4215      

College Park Regional Health Center -1920 John E. Wesley Ave., College Park, 404-765-4155

Lakewood Health Center - 1853 Jonesboro Rd., SE, Atlanta, 404-624-0626

Neighborhood Union Health Center - 186 Sunset Ave., Atlanta, 404-612-4665

Center for Health and Rehabilitation – 265 Boulevard., NE, Atlanta, 404-612-5835

North Fulton Regional Health Center – 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, 404-332-1834

Vaccines are available from 9:00am – 4:00pm through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness.

 

Fulton County Health Services promote cervical cancer prevention

Fulton County Health Services promote cervical cancer prevention

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, it was estimated that 134 Georgia women would die from cervical cancer in Georgia in 2012.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and Fulton County Health Services encourages all women to take control of their health by cervical cancer screenings known as Pap tests and to make healthier lifestyle choices.  Symptoms of early stage cervical cancer or pre-cancer are not easily identified and often have no signs or symptoms. 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for cervical cancer in women ages 21 to 65 years with cytology (Pap smear) every 3 years or, for women ages 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years.