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9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine elementary and middle schools in Fulton County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Fulton County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* A. Philip Randolph ES
* Birmingham Falls ES
* Conley Hills ES
* Oak Knoll ES
* Ocee ES
* Ridgeview Charter School
* Stonewall Tell ES

Silver
* Hembree Springs ES
* Holcomb Bridge MS

Ga. movie theater ads target drugs, underage drinking

Ga. movie theater ads target drugs, underage drinking

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Public service announcements provided by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities that target underage drinking, drugs and alcohol abuse are being shown in AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas across Georgia and in Screenvision Theaters in Columbus.

The ads, which are scheduled to run through June 30, 2014, are part of an initiative led by the department's Division of Addictive Diseases to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related deaths, according to a statement released by the Georgia agency.

The campaign, referred to as the Alcohol Prevention Project (APP), is funded by a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Piccadilly raises money for Stand Up To Cancer

Piccadilly raises money for Stand Up To Cancer

(WXIA) -- Piccadilly Restaurants has joined MasterCard's Stand Up To Cancer movement by contributing to the Dig In and Do Good campaign.

Dig In and Do Good gives restaurants the opportunity to donate a portion of proceeds to the fight against cancer.

Through Sept. 28, Piccadilly customers who spend at least $10 will have $0.01 of their checks donated to Stand Up To Cancer.

"We are thrilled to be participating in the Dig In and Do Good campaign benefiting Stand Up To Cancer this year," Piccadilly CEO Tom Sandeman said in a statement. "We hope that with Piccadilly's support, we can add to the dollars raised and increase the awareness needed to fund research and save lives."

MasterCard Worldwide hopes to raise $4 million through Dig In and Do Good.

Piccadilly has restaurants in Atlanta, College Park, Conyers, Fayetteville and Tucker.

2 mosquito sample locations test positive for West Nile Virus

2 mosquito sample locations test positive for West Nile Virus

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Division of Public Health has notified the Fulton County Department of Health Services that mosquito samples in two communities have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.  A mosquito “sample”, refers to a collection of mosquitoes from a particular area that is tested for the virus.

“August begins the peak season for West Nile Virus,” said Patrice A. Harris, Director of Fulton County Health Services. “The identification of these samples is a reminder to all of us to take precautions when outdoors.” 

The locations of the sites for each positive mosquito sample are as follows:

  • Chastain Park, Atlanta - one (1) positive mosquito  sample
  • Whittier Mills Park, Atlanta - one (1) positive mosquito  sample

To reduce exposure to mosquitoes and to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus, Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to follow the 5 D’s of Protection:

Orangetheory® Fitness set to revolutionize Atlanta workouts

ATLANTA -- Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing group interval fitness concept, will soon make its mark on the Atlanta fitness scene. Four Atlanta-area locations are slated to be open by the end of the year, with more than 35 locations total planned for the metro area over the next three years.

Set to open in September, the first Orangetheory studio will be located on Collier Road in Midtown. Studio locations are also planned for Marietta and Sandy Springs.

Fulton County Health Services encourages WNV prevention

Fulton County Health Services encourages WNV prevention

Fulton County Health Services urges residents to use preventive measures to deter mosquito growth in their neighborhoods.  West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause a serious illness and is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans.  The occurrence of this virus increases in the summer and continues into the fall. 

“We are in the season for increased mosquito activity,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “It is important for everyone to use preventive measures to protect themselves and their families against the virus.” 

Residents are encouraged to follow the 5 D’s of Protection:

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

ATLANTA -- The new school year is set to start August 12, 2013 for Fulton County Public Schools and August 7th for Atlanta Public Schools. The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will kick-off the Back to School Immunization Rush on Monday, July 29, 2013.  This year's immunization and vision and hearing screenings will be held at three points of dispensing (PODS).

“On July 29, our Nursing Division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye-ear-dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. 

Accepted Forms of Payment include: Visa and Mastercard, Cash, Medicaid, United HealthCare and CIGNA. For financial assistance, clients must present proof of income. Non-Fulton County residence will be charged the full fee for services.