• The North Georgia Health District offices in Dalton and Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will be CLOSED on Monday, April 24th for a State Holiday. This also applies to all Environmental Health, WIC and Children's Medical Services. Normal hours of operation will resume the following day.


  • Upcoming Freedom From Smoking Class

    The next Freedom From Smoking Class will be held in Dalton at Bryman's Plaza in the North Georgia Health District Conference Room on March 9, 2009 at 6:00 p.m

    Freedom From Smoking is a 7- week, 8-session free program founded by the American Lung Association that teaches you the skills to become a non-smoker. You will be asked to pay a $50 deposit, which will be returned to you after successful attendance of all of the sessions. The program teaches skills in developing an individual quitting plan, identifying the triggers that lead you to smoke, and how to deal with recovery symptoms.

    For many tobacco users, especially those who have tried to quit before, group support can make the difference in helping to stay tobacco free.

    Class size is limited to the first 10 people who register. For more information or to register, call 706-272-2939.

     

  • Walk Georgia, Move More, Live More


    GET YOUR SHOES ON AND START WALKING!

    The spring session of  "Walk Georgia, Move More, Live More" is now open for registration but will close on March 9th so hurry and register. Go to www.walkgeorgia.org to be a part of this fitness program. Even if you participated in the fall session, you will need to re-register to participate again.  Individuals or teams of four people may register and participate.

    This spring session of WALK GEORGIA will run from March 1st -April 25, 2009, so be sure to track your activity during those dates at www.walkgeorgia.org

    Walk Georgia is a free, online fitness program sponsored by the UGA Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact your local extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visit www.ugaextension.com or email the help desk for assistance at walkga@uga.edu.  Join us as we "tour" the state and GET MOVING!
  • Breastfeeding Answers with Nancy Mohrbacher


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    The Northwest GA Breastfeeding Coalition 
    presents
    Breastfeeding Answers with Nancy Mohrbacher
    Wednesday, March 25, 2009. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m.

    This seminar is for any healthcare professional who works with breastfeeding moms!
  • FDA Salmonella Updates

    Below are the latest product recalls from the FDA due to the Salmonella outbreak:

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  • Rabies Confirmed in Gilmer County Raccoon

         Local environmental health officials announced today that a raccoon in Gilmer County tested positive for rabies.
         Andrea Wheeler of the Gilmer County Environmental Health Department reported that on January 24, 2009, a raccoon entered a residential yard on Craigtown Road, which is located about two and a half miles off Highway 52 West in Ellijay. The raccoon displayed aggressive behavior as it chased the homeowner’s dog, and then the raccoon ran to the neighbor’s home where the neighbor shot and killed it.
  • Be Prepared For Winter Weather

    Winter weather can create a crisis for you and your family, and north Georgia may soon experience some severe winter conditions . . .
     
    BE PREPARED!
     
    Along with plenty of blankets and warm clothing, make sure you have an emergency kit that includes a battery-operated radio in case the power goes down. Also, have enough food and water to last several days for each family member and pet. Remember to prepare properly for friends and relatives with special needs!  

    For more information about preparing your family for emergency and which supplies to include in your emergency kit, please visit the Emergency Preparedness page.

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