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Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church to host Women’s Health Symposium, October 30th

Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church will host a Women’s Health Symposium on Saturday, October 30th from 10:00 until 3:00 p.m. This symposium is being hosted by Us Against Athero, which is a nationwide effort to raise awareness for of atherosclerosis, the progressive buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Attendees will be able to take a 3-D virtual tour in the Artery Explorer, a mobile motion simulator, to learn about atherosclerosis. This symposium will also feature free health screenings, panel discussions, and nutrition workshops, cooking demonstration, prizes and even a morning workout.

Registration for this event is free and complimentary breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided for pre-registered participants.

Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church is located at 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur.

Reinventing the Holidays: Dealing with Life's Losses to be Held on Nov. 13

A special pre-holiday grief seminar will be presented on November 13 at Agnes Scott College in Decatur by Judy Coyer Wolfe, pastoral counselor and grief therapist. She will discuss ways women can acknowledge their losses, give a voice to their grief and discover new meaning for their holidays and lives.

The $20 cost includes a light breakfast. Women Alone Together® and Agnes Scott College are co-sponsoring the event.

The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Alston Campus Center, Amelia Davis Luchsinger Lounge at Agnes Scott College located at 141 E. College Avenue, Decatur, Ga. 30030.

National School Lunch Week at Mary Jane Lin Elementary

This week, more than 50 celebrity chefs will serve nutritious meals to students in Atlanta Public School cafeterias throughout the district Oct. 13 to 15 during National School Lunch Week.

At APS, the week will highlight “Fresh Pick” options of locally grown fruits and vegetables that are served on a daily basis to APS students.

On October 13th, the Atlanta Hawks Executive Chef Bradley Rouse will serve students at Mary Jane Lin Elementary School (586 Chandler Park Dr., NE

The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Survivor Saturdays: Is it True That? at Chocolate Coffee

On Saturday, October 16 at Chocolate Coffee located at 2094 N. Decatur Road, the Triple Pink Foundation is hosting Survivor Saturdays: Is it True That?

Is It True That, provides an opportunity for the public to pose breast cancer related questions to practicing, medical experts in a relaxed and accessible venue.  The event will take place from 10 a.m.  to noon and is open to the public.

Triple Pink Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to raising awareness of triple negative breast cancer and its disparate impact on minority women and younger women of all races and encouraging women to take responsibility for their breast health.

For more information about Is It True That, contact Yendelela Neely at yneely@triplepink.org .

Mosquito Warning from DeKalb County BOH

The DeKalb County Board of Health is advising everyone to take steps to prevent mosquito bites this fall.  Individuals should take particular care when doing yard work, such as raking and gardening.  Mosquitoes will continue to bite, even when, temperatures go as low as 50 degrees.

Five DeKalb residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus this year.

DeKalb County gets Federal Funding to Curb Obesity

Earlier this week, the DeKalb County Board of Health received $2.35 million to fund a two-year project to create policies, systems, and environments that improve physical activity and nutrition, and reduce the risk factors that contribute to childhood and adult obesity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $31 million for awards through the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to ten communities in eight states and one award to a state health department to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking.

DeKalb was chosen because of its history of success using evidence-based strategies to eliminate obesity and reduce tobacco use in the county.

The DeKalb County Board of Health was the first local board of health in the state of Georgia to help pass a smoke-free ordinance in the county.

DeKalb County Flu Shot Vaccine Available

The DeKalb County Board of Health’s 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccination program is underway.  The early vaccination effort is part of the national goal to reach people now about the importance of protecting oneself against the flu.

This year’s vaccination combines H1N1 with two other circulating viruses.  People who received the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine or had H1N1 flu should still get the new 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine.

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