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#HeartYourKidneys for National Kidney Month

Rome, GA: March is National Kidney Month, and public health officials are urging everyone to give these vital organs a second thought and #HeartYourKidneys. “Kidneys are the unsung workhorses that never get noticed until something goes wrong with them,” says Dr. Unini Odama, health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District.

Parents, it’s time to vaccinate your preteen

To help protect every adult and child, the Georgia Department of Public Health established Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week, observed March 12-16, 2018, to serve as a reminder for parents to talk with their preteens and teens about getting immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Georgia Department of Public Health Babies Can’t Wait Program Seeks Public Comment

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) program invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Stakeholders, early intervention providers, parents and members of the public are encouraged to comment.

During National Nutrition Month, WIC encourages healthy lifestyles

“Among other services, WIC provides supplemental foods designed to meet the special nutritional needs of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age who are at nutritional risk,” explains Northwest Health District WIC Nutrition Services Director Cicely Thomas.

Georgia DPH’s Maternal and Child Health Section Title V Program Seeks Public Comment

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH), Maternal and Child Health, Title V Program invites interested persons to participate in a 45-day public comment period for updates to the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 Annual State Application Guidance.

District Health Director Odama urges preventive measures against spread of flu

Together, we can protect and prevent diseases such as influenza. Our health departments in NW Georgia will continue to administer the flu shots to anyone who needs it, to ensure that we protect our fellow citizens from diseases and harm.

Dade County Schools adopts Tobacco-Free Schools policy

Rome, GA: Dade County Schools has become the 123rd school district in Georgia to adopt the 100% Tobacco-Free Schools (TFS) policy, which makes schools in all ten counties comprising the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Northwest Health District – Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, and Walker – tobacco free.

Georgia WIC Program Public Comment

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will hold its annual public comment period from Dec. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017. During this period, Georgians are invited to comment on the program’s successes and identify opportunities to improve WIC services.

National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 3-9, 2017

Rome, GA: The holidays are almost here, and that means family gatherings and holiday parties where people can be in close proximity of each other. Don’t let the flu bring you down.

Cause of Toyo Tire food-borne illness outbreak determined

Rome, GA: The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District has concluded that the cause of the food-borne illness outbreak related to a catered employee event at Toyo Tire in White, GA, November 14 and 15, was salmonella. The determination is based on multiple positive lab-test results for salmonella from employees who attended the event.