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Urgent care center opens on Buford Highway

Urgent care center opens on Buford Highway

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Medical Center has opened a brand new urgent care center in north DeKalb County.

Urgent Care - Atlanta Medical Center officially opened its doors last Friday.

No appointments are necessary at the clinic, which is equipped to treat minor illnesses and injuries. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Most major insurance is accepted.

"We know that people can't always get to the doctor between 9 and 5," Genia Sutton with Tenet Healthcare, the parent company of Atlanta Medical Center, said in a statement. "This location, in the heart of the Buford Highway cooridor, is convenient for people who need to see a doctor at night and on the weekends, as well as on weekdays, and want quality care."

The office is located at 3979 Buford Highway, between Clairmont Road and Dering Circle. It is staffed with both English and Spanish speakers.

For more information about the clinic, call 404-679-1333.

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

Fulton Commission Chairman honored by Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Chairman, District 1, John H. Eaves received the Grady Champion Award during the 2nd Annual “Honoring Healthcare Champions Awards.”

Chairman Eaves was one of eight community leaders, medical professionals and non-profit executives honored by the Hospital Authority for their leadership in efforts to support Grady Hospital and build healthier communities.

The awards dinner followed the 2013 Health Summit, which brought governmental leaders and healthcare professionals together to discuss healthcare issues affecting Fulton and Dekalb counties.

The Healthcare Champions were honored for research, advocacy, donations and inspired leadership.  Standing with Chairman Eaves (center) were Pete Correll (left), Chairman of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation and Thomas Dortch, Chairman of the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority Board of Trustees.

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

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.”