Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers - World Breastfeeding Week Walk in Dalton on Sept 20!

World Breastfeeding Week 2012 in DaltonDalton (GA) - In anticipation of World Breastfeeding Week, October 1-7, 2013, the North Georgia Health District is presenting a World Breastfeeding Week Walk on Friday, September 20, 2013! The World Breastfeeding Week Walk will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton at 214 Fredrick Drive. The public is encouraged to come for a healthy walk, exciting exhibits and free goodies. North Georgia Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will partner with the Northwest Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition to highlight the importance of providing support to breastfeeding families through the 2013 World Breastfeeding Week theme, Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers.

Infant feeding is one of the most important decisions that new families make. Evidence is clear that breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed an infant. Research shows that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life are more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity and respiratory illnesses. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

Despite most mothers wanting to breastfeed, many are met with barriers that keep them from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. Support and encouragement from all angles can make success possible for mothers who wish to breastfeed. Negative attitudes and practices of the mother's closest support network can pose a sizeable barrier, making it difficult for mothers and babies to successfully breastfeed.

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Preparing for emergencies is essential for communities and individuals! September is National Preparedness Month.

Georgians can be affected by disasters at any time. Preparing for emergencies is essential.

 

The North Georgia Health District is collaborating with key partners to prepare our communities for emergencies ranging from natural disasters, such as severe weather, to potential public health crises, such as pandemic influenza. Likewise, individuals and families need to be ready for emergencies, and there is no better time to prepare than September, National Preparedness Month.

 

Just as community-wide emergency preparedness efforts are underway among district and local public health officials, emergency management agencies, emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire departments, hospitals, healthcare facilities, non-profit volunteer agencies, government agencies, schools, faith-based organizations and businesses in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties, families and individuals should also plan as though they will be without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or other local services for at least three days. Follow these steps:

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Fannin Drive-By Flu Shot Clinic is Sept 23!

THE FASTEST, SAFEST AND MOST CONVENIENT WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE FLU THIS SEASON IS TO COME TO FANNIN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S DRIVE-BY FLU SHOT CLINIC ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD! DRIVE-BY FOR YOUR FLU SHOT ANYTIME ON THE 23RD FROM 9:00 A.M. THROUGH 5:00 P.M. AT THE FARMERS MARKET ON EAST FIRST STREET IN BLUE RIDGE. REGULAR SEASONAL FLU SHOTS ARE TWENTY-TWO DOLLARS AND HIGH DOSE FLU SHOTS FOR PEOPLE AGES 65 AND OLDER ARE FIFTY DOLLARS. CASH, CHECKS, MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND AETNA, BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD, STATE CIGNA AND STATE UNITED HEALTHCARE INSURANCE WILL BE ACCEPTED. CALL 706-632-3023 FOR MORE INFORMATION. BEAT THE FLU BUG THIS SEASON – GET YOUR SHOT AT THE DRIVE-BY FLU SHOT CLINIC IN BLUE RIDGE!

Pickens Drive-By Flu Shot Clinic is Sept 18!

THE FASTEST, SAFEST AND MOST CONVENIENT WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE FLU THIS SEASON IS TO COME TO PICKENS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S DRIVE-BY FLU SHOT CLINIC ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH! DRIVE-BY FOR YOUR FLU SHOT ANYTIME ON THE 18TH FROM 8:00 A.M. THROUGH 3:30 P.M. AT MOUNT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH AT 1036 NORTH MAIN STREET IN JASPER. REGULAR SEASONAL FLU SHOTS ARE TWENTY-TWO DOLLARS AND HIGH DOSE FLU SHOTS FOR PEOPLE AGES 65 AND OLDER ARE FIFTY DOLLARS. CASH, CHECKS, MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND AETNA, BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD, STATE CIGNA AND STATE UNITED HEALTHCARE INSURANCE WILL BE ACCEPTED. CALL 706-253-2821 FOR MORE INFORMATION. BEAT THE FLU BUG THIS SEASON – GET YOUR SHOT AT THE DRIVE-BY FLU SHOT CLINIC IN JASPER!

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