Health & Wellness


Board of Health offers one-stop shop for back-to-school service

Children entering child care, Head Start, pre-k, middle school, college or a Georgia school for the first time can get a range of back-to-school services from the DeKalb Board of Health.

Moonlight Mountain Hike at Panola

Pull on some sturdy boots and take a Moonlight Mountain Hike on Aug. 9 at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge.

Free prostate cancer screenings

Men, families and caretakers can attend A Community Conversation on Prostate Cancer on Aug. 9 at Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur.

SHAPE grants deadline looms

Elementary, middle and high schools can apply for Georgia SHAPE funding to improve student fitnes

Caucus seeks Medicaid expansion

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is co-chairing the new State Medicaid Expansion Caucus seeking to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in more states.

E-cigs sale to minors now illegal as new law takes effect

It is now against the law in Georgia to sell or distribute any electronic cigarette to a person who is under the age of 18.

Walk of HEROes sign-up now open

Walkers, runners, team captains, sponsors, vendors, donors and volunteers can register for the 8th Annual Walk of HEROes 5K that benefits clients of the DeKalb Community Service Board.

Let’s Move! DeKalb expo coming up

Families can learn how to stay healthy at the fourth annual Let’s Move! DeKalb/Back to School Fitness Fun Day on July 26 at Exchange Park Intergenerational Center in Decatur.

New immunization requirements for tween, teen students

Preteens and teens now have new mandatory immunization requirements for the 2014-2015 school year that begins Aug. 11.

Oakhurst Medical, Walgreens and Compassionate Nurses Inc. will offer screenings for hypertension and blood sugar at the expo.

The new school year is just around the corner, and preparing for the back-to-school rituals can be hectic and stressful on parents.

Don’t leave kids unattended in parked cars

Leaving kids unattended in a parked car is a bad idea, and the DeKalb Board of Health has launched a “Beat the Heat” awareness campaign to remind parents and caregivers never to do it.

Web resource center offers heart-healthy recipes, meal plans

A heart-healthy nutrition resource is just a click away for residents concerned about heart disease and stroke.

Role of urban farming to be explored

Information about urban farming and sustainability will be available at Add Seed Day on July 12 at the Decatur Library.

Precautions can help reduce the odds of fatal lightning strike

Georgia is among the top 10 states with the most lightning deaths and injuries, and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers precautions to take to lower your risk of being hit.

Guard against mosquito bites to avoid the West Nile virus

Warm weather and standing water are the perfect recipe for breeding mosquitoes. The pesky little insects not only bite, they also carry disease, including the West Nile virus, and they can spread the disease to humans.