Health & Wellness


Program tackles challenges facing older drivers

While driving means independence for many seniors, older drivers and their families need to take time to talk about individual challenges and limitations, the Georgia Department of Public Health says.

Clarkston Library hosting Marketplace enrollment help

Residents who need help enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace can get assistance at the Clarkston Library each Thursday in December.

Surgeon general calls response to addiction crisis a test for America

Nearly 21 million Americans suffer from substance use disorders, making addiction one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health” marks the first time a U.S. surgeon general ...

Lawyer Bob Wilson tapped to lead DeKalb Medical health system

DeKalb lawyer Bob Wilson is the new CEO of the DeKalb Regional Health System, which does business as DeKalb Medical. Wilson was tapped last week to lead the nonprofit hospital system following the resignation of John A. Shelton, the layoff ...

Deck the halls, adorn tree with safety in mind

Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are more likely to be serious. The National Fire Protection Association says one-quarter of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems, and a heat source too close ...

‘10 Worst Toys’ list raises awareness of injury potentials

Parents and caregivers are urged to take precautions when buying toys as consumer watchdog W.A.T.C.H. issues its “10 Worst Toys” nominees for the 2016 holiday season.

Senior Connections needs volunteers for busy season

Volunteers are always needed at Senior Connections, particularly during the holiday season.

Fight year-end weight gain with exercise

Sumptuous feasts and decadent desserts take front and center this time of the year as families come together for the holidays, and many residents worry about packing on the pounds.

Pediatric nurse presents program on kids and medications

Pediatric nurse Sandra Jones will present How Parents Can Help Prevent Children and Teens From Overmedicating on Nov. 28 at the Covington Library in Decatur.

DeKalb School District gets Golden Radish for farm to school efforts

The DeKalb School District has received a Golden Radish Award that recognizes its participation in the farm to school movement.

Georgians can get free help to quit smoking

Tobacco use is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in Georgia, claiming thousands of lives each year, yet many Georgians still use tobacco, tobacco products or electronic nicotine devices.

HIV event features workshops, interactive exhibits

HIV/AIDS patients, support groups, and others can attend an HIV event on Nov. 19 at the Loudermilk Conference Center in Atlanta.

Seminar on Medicare benefits, requirements

An expert from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will present a seminar on Medicare benefits and requirements on Nov. 18 at the Stonecrest Library.

Smoke from wildfires can harm kids, worsen chronic health problems

Individuals with chronic heart and lung diseases, older adults, and parents of young children are being urged to take precautions as shifting winds push smoke from wildfires into North Georgia, including metro Atlanta.

‘Empowered Birth’ physician open house, panel discussion at DeKalb Medical

Residents interested in starting a family can attend “Empowered Birth – Exploring Options for Anyone Pondering Pregnancy” on Nov. 11 at DeKalb Medical in Decatur.