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Dekalb Commissioner Sharon Sutton and Bernice King Led 3K Walk to Overcome Ovarian Cancer

Atlanta, GA--  On Saturday, September 18 at Wade Walker Park in Stone Mountain, Dekalb's Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton hosted the "Overcome Ovarian Cancer 3k Walk".

The purpose of the event was to simply increase awareness about detection and prevention of ovarian cancer.  The Commissioner nominated Elder Bernice King, Martin Luther King's daughter, as Honorary Chair of the event and she came out to attend and further progress the mission of cancer awareness.

Dekalb Commissioner Sutton said that, "ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the US. It is important that we disseminate information to the public so they can learn about the warning signs."

 

DeKalb County gets Federal Funding to Curb Obesity

Earlier this week, the DeKalb County Board of Health received $2.35 million to fund a two-year project to create policies, systems, and environments that improve physical activity and nutrition, and reduce the risk factors that contribute to childhood and adult obesity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $31 million for awards through the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to ten communities in eight states and one award to a state health department to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking.

DeKalb was chosen because of its history of success using evidence-based strategies to eliminate obesity and reduce tobacco use in the county.

The DeKalb County Board of Health was the first local board of health in the state of Georgia to help pass a smoke-free ordinance in the county.

DeKalb County Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus

DECATUR, GA -- The DeKalb County Board of Health reports its first human case of West Nile Virus in the county. This is the fifth human case in Georgia. The individual is a 39-year-old male who lives in Decatur and is currently in the hospital with some paralysis.

As of August 31, 26 states have reported 177 cases to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It is very unfortunate that one of our DeKalb residents has developed West Nile Virus. However, I hope this will remind everyone to continue using precautions to avoid mosquito bites," said S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., District Health Director of the DeKalb County Board of Health.

The DeKalb County Board of Health advises people to take the following precautions againist being bitten by mosquitoes:

* Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, when the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile Virus are most active.

Bishop Eddie Long Provides Financial Support to South African HIV/AIDS Hospice

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. August 21, 2010 – New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Senior Pastor, Bishop Eddie L. Long, has partnered with the South African Caritas Care Home, a hospice facility for victims of HIV and AIDS. Bishop Long’s donation of 73,500 rand, which is the equivalent of 10-thousand dollars, provides immediate assistance to the struggling hospice that does not receive any assistance from government of South Africa. The facility is open, free of charge to victims of this potentially deadly disease. It currently houses 60 children, most of which are orphans, and 18 adults.