Healthy people, families, and communities.


Dalton (GA) – Public health departments in the North Georgia Health District counties of Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield have placed special emphasis on the importance of early breast cancer detection as part of their recent Breast Cancer Prevention Awareness campaign.

Staff have demonstrated through printed materials, breast exams, discussions, photos (see below) and a proclamation that breast cancer treatment is most effective when the cancer has been diagnosed at an early stage and before it has spread to other parts of the body.

Typically, the focus is on women because nearly 40,000 women die of breast cancer annually.

Josefina Arvizu-Villela WIC Nutritionist takes participants on Shopping and Cooking Matters Tour for Healthy Eating in Canton for web smCanton (GA) – Josefina Arvizu-Villela, WIC Nutritionist and Georgia Department of Public Health Dietetic Intern, believes in promoting healthy eating.

“It’s time to become more conscious about eating healthy,” Arvizu-Villela said, “and that means making healthier choices at the grocery store and learning how to prepare food in a healthy way.”

Arvizu-Villela, through North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health and its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, conducted a "Share our Strength” and “Cooking Matters” tour on October 22 at the Kroger Store on Marietta Highway in Canton. Arvizu-Villela’s tour, attended by several local families, provided information about healthy eating, including how to read food labels, compare unit pricing, find whole foods and other important information that families can use while shopping.

The families were also taught how to save money when buying healthy foods and how to prepare healthy meals the smart and inexpensive way.

“Some people are telling me they don’t eat a healthy diet or provide healthy meals to their families because they don’t know how to cook in a healthy way, and they also feel eating healthy is expensive and time-consuming,” said Arvizu-Villela. “Through this tour, participants are learning how to eat well on a budget and how to prepare meals ahead of time so they can avoid making unhealthy or expensive food choices when crunched for time.”

 Enterovirus D68? Influenza? Ebola virus?



As parents and childcare providers become increasingly aware of the effects of serious viral illnesses, the North Georgia Health District encourages us to also increase our awareness of how to prevent the spread of these viruses, know what signs and symptoms to look for and know what to do if we suspect there is an illness, especially if the suspected illness could be a viral disease that needs immediate medical attention.

For more information on illness prevention, please see the Georgia Department of Public Health website at:

Also, here are some fact sheets that provide information on these illnesses - please click on the fact sheets to enlarge and download:

Don’t forget to drive by and arm yourself against the flu quickly and conveniently at Gilmer County Health Department’s Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic. The clinic will be held on Friday, October 10th from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church located at 75 McCutchen Street in Ellijay.

This year, the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic will protect you with the 4-in-1 quadrivalent flu vaccine that guards against four strains of flu in one shot. Also, the Fluzone High-Dose Flu shot will be offered to people ages 65 and older. Cost of the 4-in-1 flu shot is $25 and the high-dose shot is $50. Cash, checks, Medicare and Medicaid plus Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield Health Insurance will be accepted.

The best way to arm against the flu is with a flu shot -- the most convenient way to get that shot is at the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in Ellijay!

For more information, call (706) 635-4363 or log onto