CWA Search Your Heart Training Written on February 6, 2012 at 9:01 am, by

Wellness initiatives can be enacted in any environment. To learn more about how to start wellness programs in your congregation, come to the free Search Your Heart Training

January is National Radon Action Month Written on January 10, 2012 at 10:10 am, by

Eddie’s Story This powerful personal testimonial from a lung cancer survivor will help you educate your friends and family about the serious risk of lung cancer due to breathing Radon gas in homes. Radon claims the lives of more than 20,000 people annually in the united states alone. Radon gas is an invisible, colorless and Read more...

Food Day in DeKalb Written on October 18, 2011 at 9:24 am, by

Food Day will be October 24—in 2011 and in years to come. Food Day seeks to bring together residents in DeKalb County from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, Read more...

World Rabies Day, September 28, 2011 Written on September 26, 2011 at 9:08 am, by

Rabies General information Rabies is caused by a virus that animals and people can get through certain exposures to the saliva or nervous tissue from a rabid animal and is nearly always fatal without proper postexposure prophylaxis [treatment] (PEP). Rabies is zoonotic, which means it can spread from animals to people. Rabies is 100% preventable.  Read more...

Plans for Fall should Include Getting a Flu Shot Written on August 22, 2011 at 11:48 am, by

As you prepare for fall, be sure to include “Get a flu shot” on your to do list.  The DeKalb County Board of Health will begin offering flu shots on Monday, Aug. 29. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those six months of age and older receive an annual flu vaccination.  Read more...

Plans for fall should include getting a flu shot Written on August 18, 2011 at 8:28 am, by

As you prepare for fall, be sure to include “Get a flu shot” on your to do list. The DeKalb County Board of Health will begin offering flu shots on Monday, Aug. 29. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those six months of age and older receive an annual flu vaccination. Read more...

Highlighting the Obesity Project and Nutrition Services for World Breastfeeding Week Written on August 4, 2011 at 10:14 am, by

The DeKalb County Board of Health’s Women, Infants and Children program and Communities Putting Prevention to Work obesity initiative are joining forces to support breastfeeding. This is in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week in Aug. 1 through 7.

DeKalb County Board of Health Expands Nicotine Treatment Support Written on August 4, 2011 at 10:02 am, by

The DeKalb County Board of Health Expands Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy Treatment Support to Medicaid and Uninsured Adults. Decatur – Do you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco? Have you thought about quitting,
or tried to quit?

First West Nile Virus Mosquitoes of the Year Written on July 13, 2011 at 8:46 am, by

DeKalb County’s West Nile virus season has arrived two weeks earlier than expected. According to the DeKalb County Board of Health, a routine collection of mosquitoes has tested positive for the virus. The early test result may indicate that this will be a busy season, so it is especially important to know how to avoid Read more...

DeKalb County Board of Health’s Back to School Services Written on July 6, 2011 at 9:25 am, by

The DeKalb County Board of Health encourages parents to get their children ready for the new school year.  City of Decatur schools begin Monday, August 2, 2011.  DeKalb County and city of Atlanta schools begin Monday, Aug. 8. Georgia law requires children enrolling in day care or school to have specific vaccinations and screenings.  A Read more...

July is UV Month – Are you protected? Written on June 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm, by

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation or rays usually emit from sunlight and can cause major damage to skin cells that may result in burns and skin cancer, including melanoma. A person can also get UV rays from the use of tanning lights and beds. There are three types of UV rays: UVA rays are produced year-round, and Read more...

International Travel Profile: Meet Mr. Crabbe; Destination. . . .South Sudan!! Written on June 16, 2011 at 8:36 am, by

Meet Stephen Crabbe who is an avid surfer and originally from Southern California. He also travels internationally every year or two. His trips have included visits to Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico (where he did his thesis research). Stephen visited the T.O Vinson Health Center’s Travel Clinic recently to get vaccinated for his Read more...

Child Safety Guidelines for Homeowners with Swimming Pools Written on June 15, 2011 at 8:46 am, by

Each year in the U.S., about 300 children under five years old drown in family pools and more than 2,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for pool-related injuries according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. There were 118 drowning and near-drowning incidents across the country in the first five months of 2011. The Read more...

Board of Health Honors Volunteers Written on May 25, 2011 at 10:24 am, by

The DeKalb County Board of Health recently recognized its many volunteers during a program at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.  DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James was the guest speaker. “Volunteers make such important contributions toward the Board of Health’s mission by working in our health centers and with our educational activities,” said S. Elizabeth Read more...

DeKalb County Board of Health Recommends 100% Smoke-Free Ordinance Written on May 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm, by

The proposed amendment now bans smoking in these places and a number of others, such as playgrounds, entrances and exits to buildings, outdoor entertainment venues and outdoor service lines, such as the line at an ATM.