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Skin cancer screening available for Atlanta residents

Skin cancer screening available for Atlanta residents

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- The Skin Cancer Foundation is making a stop in Atlanta on Wednesday to offer free skin cancer treatments. 

The Foundation's Road to Healthy Skin Tour and Rite Aid will bring a 38-foot RV to the tour stop, where all residents can get a quick, full-body skin cancer screening inside the RV, divided up into two exam rooms. Also on hand are reading materials with information on how to protect the skin from the sun daily, sunscreen samples and other freebies. 

The RV will visit the Rite Aid at 3964 Peachtree Road NE from 11:00 - 5:00. 

5K walk aims to improve Latino health

5K walk aims to improve Latino health

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- The Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia will host a 5K walk this weekend to promote healthy lifestyles among Latinos.

The event will be held Sunday, Apr. 7 at 8 a.m., with registration opening at 7 a.m. It will begin at Northeast Plaza Shopping Mall and end at Plaza Fiesta.

According to organizers, the walk's course runs alongside Buford Highway to help raises awareness of the countless immigrants whose only option to get to work is to walk beside the dangerous road.

Registration is free; there is also an option to donate $25. Learn more and sign up.

Northeast Plaza is located at 3307 Buford Highway in Brookhaven.

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails. 

The Georgia Pest Control Association supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event

The Georgia Pest Control Association supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event

Ted Veitch, President of the Norcross-based Georgia Pest Control Association (GPCA) announced the tenth annual participation of the organization with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walks. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) relies heavily on funds raised through the GPCA. Since 2004, member companies of the GPCA have raised $876,000 to help fight blood cancers.  Their goal is to reach the $1 million mark this year to celebrate their decade of participation with the Light The Night Walks.

“The Georgia Pest Control Association is proud to partner with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Light The Night Walk,” said Ted Veitch, the GPCA President. “Light The Night provides a way for our association to work together to raise funds for cancer research and allows us to give back in the communities we serve. I’m excited to announce we raised over $77,000 for LLS in 2012 throughout Georgia.”

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

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"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

Healthy ME program to build health, nutrition awareness in DeKalb

Healthy ME program to build health, nutrition awareness in DeKalb

DECATUR, Ga. -- A team of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in DeKalb County and Generations Connected, Inc. will kick off the Healthy ME program on February 23 in Decatur.

Registration will be held at the DeKalb Extension Office, located at 4380 Memorial Drive. Parents or guardians must be present. 

An official in DeKalb County reported that Healthy ME is designed to raise awareness of health and nutrition among DeKalb Middle School girls in 6th and 7th grades. Participants will get exposure to practices of leadership through opportunities to mentor others, and increase self-health promotion. 

For more information, contact Jessica Hill of DeKalb County Cooperative Extension at (404) 298-4080.