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Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

ATLANTA -- The state's first 2011 case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Southeast Georgia.

Now, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recommends that all Georgians protect themselves from mosquitoes and remove any standing water from their property.

"While this is a non-human case, we recognize that the mosquito and tick season is starting earlier than in previous years," said Dr. Anil T. Mangla, program director of infectious disease & immunization and acting state epidemiologist for the DCH.

First on Your Wedding Checklist Should be Maintaining Good Health

First on Your Wedding Checklist Should be Maintaining Good Health

Imagining what your wedding day will be like? Well, choosing a romantic wedding venue, beautiful gown, and stylish bridesmaids dresses are great, but what about having the physical stamina to withstand the stress of juggling all the planning, budget issues, and potential family drama that may come along with your big day? Oh, and did I mention work, too? Yes, to help you endure such challenges, take particular great care of your body.

To get some suggestions on how to do that, I talked with Goodness Grocery store co-owner Sue Bain. Goodness Grocery is a natural foods and organic store located in the West Village Center on Atlanta Road in Smyrna.

Sue recommends that, in addition to exercise, we brides detox our bodies, and if you’re like me, you also want to shed a few extra pounds before your wedding day.

Community Hospice opens Marietta office

Community Hospice opens Marietta office

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Community Hospice, a division of Community Home Care and Hospice, has opened a new office in Marietta.

The office will serve patients across Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette and Gwinnett Counties.

Community Hospice of Marietta's mission is to provide the best possible care to patients facing life-threatening illnesses. Care will be delivered by a qualified team of doctors, professional nurses, social workers, clergy and volunteers.

"We are excited about expanding our service area to include the state of Georgia," said Sandy Roberson, president and CEO of Community Home Care and Hospice.

North Georgia: Let your blue light shine

North Georgia: Let your blue light shine

ATLANTA -- April is Autism Awareness Month, and 17 North Georgia landmarks are letting their blue lights shine to raise awareness for this growing health crisis that now affects one in every 110 American children.

On the evenings of Friday, Apr. 1 and Saturday, Apr. 2, the buildings will illuminate special blue lights in support of Autism Speaks' global Light It Up Blue campaign.

Over 700 iconic locations in 180 U.S. cities and 30 countries will glow blue on Apr. 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.

At dusk on Apr.

Douglas named 35th healthiest county in Georgia

Douglas named 35th healthiest county in Georgia

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga.

Georgia farmers recognized for feeding local students

Georgia farmers recognized for feeding local students

ATLANTA -- According to some studies, one in three Georgia children are obese.

Now, local farmers have teamed up with a number of school districts to help fight this battle and encourage healthy eating among the next generation.

On Wednesday, Mar. 30, members of Georgia's Farm to School program will be recognized at the Capitol for this special partnership that benefits so many people.

The national Farm to School program connects schools with local farms in order to ensure that healthy meals are served in school cafeterias and farms receive the support they need and deserve.

Currently, there are 360 Georgia schools and six full systems integrating farm to school programs.

Students and farmers alike will be at the Capitol on Mar. 30 from 12 noon until 1 p.m.

Arbor Place 'Waddle' to Benefit Gabe's Chemo Duck Program

Arbor Place 'Waddle' to Benefit Gabe's Chemo Duck Program

DOUGLASVILLE, GA -- Arbor Place Mall (6700 Douglas Boulevard, Douglasville, 30135) will host a Mall Walk/Waddle for the Aflac Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Saturday, Mar. 5.

This "waddle" around the mall, inspired in part by Aflac's noisy duck mascot, will raise both awareness and funds for Gabe's Chemo Duck, an organization that provides educational stuffed animals and other materials to young cancer patients and their families.