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DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

Protect yourself against mosquitoes, ticks

ATLANTA -- The state's first 2011 case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been confirmed in a horse in Southeast Georgia.

Now, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) recommends that all Georgians protect themselves from mosquitoes and remove any standing water from their property.

"While this is a non-human case, we recognize that the mosquito and tick season is starting earlier than in previous years," said Dr. Anil T. Mangla, program director of infectious disease & immunization and acting state epidemiologist for the DCH.

Parkinson's 'Walk for Hope' this weekend

Parkinson's 'Walk for Hope' this weekend

CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- The Georgia Parkinson's Association will hold its annual Walk for Hope on Saturday, Apr. 16.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Cedartown Welcome Center (609 Main Street, 30125). The walk itself will begin at 11 a.m., moving north on Main Street before ending in Peek's Park.

A community festival and health fair, including live music from local bands, will take place at the park after the walk.

Funds raised during Walk for Hope will support the programs and services of the Georgia Parkinson's Association, which aims to improve the quality of life for those living with Parkinson's Disease and their families.

Red Cross to hold annual CPR event this weekend

Red Cross to hold annual CPR event this weekend

ROME, Ga. -- The Northwest Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross will host its annual CPR Saturday event to educate the community on the importance of CPR on Saturday, Apr. 9 at Berry College.

The event will begin at 12 noon and end at 4 p.m.

Free adult CPR training and certification will be offered, and participants will learn about other opportunities to become more involved with the Red Cross.

"Knowing how to perform CPR is an essential life skill," said volunteer director Sharman Turner. "At CPR Saturday, participants will have the opportunity to receive free CPR training in small groups from qualified instructors and watch instructional videos. They'll learn how to recognize an emergency, call for help and take appropriate action in performing CPR."

Atlanta Bojangles' raise over $20,000 for MDA

Atlanta Bojangles' raise over $20,000 for MDA

HIRAM, Ga. -- Bojangles' recently announced that it raised a record-breaking amount of money during its 10th annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser.

The restaurant chain received over $300,000 from customers, which will send 375 children to MDA Summer Camp this year.

"[Muscular Dystrophy Association] is very proud to have Bojangles' as a valued partner," said Theresa Miller, MDA regional coordinator.

Floyd named 72nd healthiest county in Georgia

Floyd named 72nd healthiest county in Georgia

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga.

Running Expert to Host Events for Berry Half Marathon

Running Expert to Host Events for Berry Half Marathon

ROME, GA -- Running guru Jeff Galloway will be at Berry College this week to educate and motivate participants of the upcoming Berry Half Marathon.

Galloway's popular program, "Run Until You're 100 -- Injury Free," will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 3 in Berry's Krannert Ballroom. This running school program offers a unique system of elements that Galloway says has reduced injury rates to nearly zero.

The practical tips offered by "Run Until You're 100" make running more enjoyable for everyone. The class costs $99.

Runners will have several additional opportunities to meet Galloway before the race.

On Friday, Mar. 4, Galloway will autograph books from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the Health and Wellness Expo at Ford Dining Hall.