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Medicare Questions Answered at Doraville Library

Medicare Questions Answered at Doraville Library

DORAVILLE, GA -- Do you have questions about Medicare Part D?

Rhonda Hunter, external affairs representative with the Center for Medicare Services (CMS), will offer an overview of the insurance plan on Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Doraville Library (3748 Central Avenue, Doraville, 30340).

Participants will have the opportunity for one-on-one counseling and 2011 prescription drug comparisons for the Medicare Part D Annual Enrollment Period.

Medicare representatives will be on hand to assist attendees with the decision tool on the Medicare Web site.

Book Sale, Health Fair, 5K This Weekend

DORAVILLE, GA -- There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy in Doraville this Saturday, Oct. 16.

From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Friends of Doraville Library (FODL) will hold a book sale at the Doraville Library (3748 Central Avenue, Doraville, 30340). Paperbacks, hardcovers and even some movies appealing to both kids and adults will be available for purchase. The Doraville Business Association will be selling hot dogs, drinks and other refreshments.

All proceeds from the book sale will benefit FODL. For more information, call the Doraville Library at 770-936-3852.

Northwoods United Methodist Church (2635 Fairlane Drive, Doraville, 30340) has planned a community health fair and children's festival from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They will provide a free health program, including blood pressure and diabetes screenings, health materials from DeKalb Health Department and a chiropractor.

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.