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Roswell event to offer free Alzheimer’s Sensitivity Training Program

Roswell event to offer free Alzheimer’s Sensitivity Training Program

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Consumers interested in experiencing first-hand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease are invited to attend a free sensitivity training event on January 31 in Roswell.

Presented by Second Wind Dreams, the Atlanta-based nonprofit changing the perception of aging, the event will give the public the opportunity to experience The Virtual Dementia Tour®, a 20-minute long scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of sensory tools and instruction.

Local families, business leaders, first responders, and church groups are invited to join with the more than 500,000 people in 14 countries who have experienced the tour.

Brookhaven 5K charity run/walk announces new location, course

Brookhaven 5K charity run/walk announces new location, course

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is once again gearing up for the much anticipated 8th annual Big Peach 5K Run/Walk for Blood Cancer set for May 4 and sponsored by Nike and Brookhaven-based retailer, Big Peach Running Co. Since 2006, this popular neighborhood event has raised over $107,000 towards the fight against blood cancer. This year's race will feature a new start and finish area at Town Brookhaven to coincide with the future relocation of the Big Peach Running Co. flagship store in March of this year.

Fulton partners with DeKalb to 'Get to Zero'

Fulton partners with DeKalb to 'Get to Zero'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County comprises 10 percent of Georgia’s population and accounts for 54 percent of the state’s AIDS cases.

In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2012, starting November 27, both health agencies will sponsor events to encourage residents to take control and get tested in a world-wide effort to reach “ZERO New Infections, ZERO Discrimination and ZERO AIDS Related Deaths.  The County has partnered with DeKalb County to provide similar services in order to have the greatest impact on reducing new HIV infections.

Planned events include:

Wednesday, November 28- 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., free HIV testing will be available at the DeKalb Addiction Clinic, 455 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030

Wednesday, November 28 - 6:00 p.m., at Morehouse College Sale Hall, 830 Westview Dr., Atlanta, GA 30314,  

Mercer University Atlanta now offering public health degree

Mercer University Atlanta now offering public health degree

ATLANTA -- Mercer University's Atlanta campus will begin offering a public health degree for working adults this summer.

The Master of Public Health program is scheduled to roll out in August 2013.

"The program is ideal for the student who wants to continue working part-time or full-time and complete her or his degree within a reasonable time frame," Dr. Nannette Turner, director and chair of Mercer's Department of Public Health, said in a statement. "We will offer evening classes, online classes, hybrid and distance learning options, all designed with the professional student in mind."

Turner said Mercer also plans to create and expand more health sciences programs, such as occupational therapy, in the near future.

Mercer University Atlanta is located near Interstates 85 and 285 in DeKalb County.

Vision and Hearing Walk and 5K returns to Chamblee

Vision and Hearing Walk and 5K returns to Chamblee

CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation is gearing up for its second Vision and Hearing Walk and 5K.

The race will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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Money raised by the event will go to helping vision and hearing impaired Georgians. The top individual fundraiser will receive a prize of two round-trip airline tickets. Prizes will also be given to the fastest runners in each age group, as well as the top overall finishers.

Free event offers health screenings, Braves tickets

Free event offers health screenings, Braves tickets

ATLANTA – 11Alive news reporter Jerry Carnes, a prostate cancer survivor, will be among the honored guests at the free Home Run for Health event in Atlanta on Saturday. Carnes will be joined by former Braves player Pete Smith, the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and Freddie the Falcon to encourage men to come out for free health screenings. The screenings include blood pressure and BMI checks, as well as those for prostate cancer. Everyone who receives a screening will receive two free tickets to a Braves game.  

Men are encouraged to bring their children, baseball gloves and ball to enter to win the Biggest Game of Catch, which will begin at 10:15 a.m. The last father-and-son or father-and-daughter team standing will win a Braves season ticket package for 2013. Drawings will be held for other great prizes, like a signed Chipper Jones bat.

Free 'Feria Hispana de Salud' for Ga. Hispanics

Free 'Feria Hispana de Salud' for Ga. Hispanics

ATLANTA -- North DeKalb Health Center will hold a free bilingual health fair in conjunction with the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia (HHCGA).

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The goal of the event is to help more than 400 families by providing free health services like blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, women's clinical exams, flu shots and more.

"Providing Latinos in our region with access to health care isn't just an important goal; it is essential to the success of our community," HHCGA executive director Heidy Guzman said in a statement. "By reducing barriers to health care access, the result will be healthier families and, ultimately, a healthier community which will benefit us all."

North DeKalb Health Center is located at 3807 Clairmont Road in Atlanta.