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Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers food safety tips for power outages

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers food safety tips for power outages

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- In the event that power goes out for an extended period of time in your neighborhood, Fulton County Cooperative Extension and the food preservation specialists and food safety specialists at the University of Georgia want you to know that the food in your refrigerator and freezer may be saved if you take special care during the outage.

“There are several steps a family can take to protect the food they have stored in their freezer,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Being careful to follow the recommendations from UGA should help in keeping your family safe.”

First, unplug the freezer and refrigerator, as well as other appliances, to protect them from electricity surges when power returns. Also make sure everyone in your household knows not to open the refrigerator or freezer doors; keeping the doors closed will keep the food cold for a longer period of time.

Cooperative extension available to help navigate health insurance marketplace

Cooperative extension available to help navigate health insurance marketplace

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension welcomes the UGA Cooperative Extension Health Navigator to provide one-on-one sessions for individuals and families who need assistance enrolling in a health insurance plan through the national Health Insurance Marketplace.

Interested persons should allot one hour for an appointment session. Call 404-613-7670 to schedule an appointment.

The Health Navigator, housed under UGA Cooperative Extension, is able to help residents decide on the best health insurance to meet their needs. The Navigator will also help them apply, either electronically or by paper; establish eligibility; enroll in coverage and to potentially qualify for an insurance affordability program.

One-on-one sessions are by appointment only and will be held as follows:

Fulton County reminds ctizens about dangers of exposure to extreme cold

Fulton County reminds ctizens about dangers of exposure to extreme cold

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- With the current conditions of ice and show in metro Atlanta, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and the Atlanta Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) are warning citizens about the dangers of exposure to extreme cold.

Exposure to cold temperatures can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. Infants and the elderly are particularly at risk, but the lives of animals can also be at risk.
 
"In severe weather conditions where the temperature drops very low causing extreme cold, we strongly advise citizens to try to stay indoors," said Dr. Patrice Harris, Director of Health and Wellness. “These conditions can lead to hypothermia and frostbite if citizens are not careful to limit trips outside and remember to take the necessary steps to be prepared for winter emergencies thereby reducing the risks of weather-related health problems.”

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Chairman, District 1, John H. Eaves received the Grady Champion Award during the 2nd Annual “Honoring Healthcare Champions Awards.”

Chairman Eaves was one of eight community leaders, medical professionals and non-profit executives honored by the Hospital Authority for their leadership in efforts to support Grady Hospital and build healthier communities.

The awards dinner followed the 2013 Health Summit, which brought governmental leaders and healthcare professionals together to discuss healthcare issues affecting Fulton and Dekalb counties.

The Healthcare Champions were honored for research, advocacy, donations and inspired leadership.  Standing with Chairman Eaves (center) were Pete Correll (left), Chairman of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and Thomas Dortch, Chairman of the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority Board of Trustees.

Ways to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta during the holiday season

Ways to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta during the holiday season

ATLANTA -- Through fuzzy ducks, Christmas parades and rides on Priscilla the Pink Pig, organizations from all over the metro area are working to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta this holiday season.

Families in metro Atlanta can spread holiday cheer and celebrate in numerous ways, all while supporting Children’s. Proceeds from the holiday events, initiatives and promotions below will raise funds to care for the hundreds of thousands of sick and injured children each year in Georgia.

33rd Annual Children’s Christmas Parade
www.choa.org/parade
Bundle up your family and join us for the parade at its new location in Midtown Atlanta from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sat., Dec. 7. Watch from the sidewalk or purchase reserved bleacher seats for $18 at www.choa.org/paradebleachers.

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

Morgan Stanley’s Terminus branch supports Bright Pink Organization with donation

Morgan Stanley’s Terminus branch supports Bright Pink Organization with donation

ATLANTA --To kick off breast cancer awareness month, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Terminus Branch in Atlanta wore pink and collected $2,785 in proceeds to benefit Bright Prink Organization. Wearing pink was also made easy as the firm sold ties and pins to honor Bright Pink’s mission of being the only national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women (ages 18-45) while providing support for high-risk individuals.

Michael Outlaw, Managing Director and Buckhead Complex Manager located within the Terminus branch, encourages employees to give back to the community. “This is just one example of how Morgan Stanley’s employees step up and help charitable organizations. Our team’s positive energy and enthusiasm is contagious and we look forward to our continued effort of giving.”