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Free Flu Vaccine Offered at Houston Co. Schools

Free Flu Vaccine Offered at Houston Co. Schools

Free flu vaccines are being offered to students on Houston County campuses from October 23 through December 10.

Parents are invited to be present at the time of their child's shot, especially for parents of elementary school children, according to a release.

Consent forms will be sent home to parents if you wish for your child to receive the vaccination.

Teachers and staff will also be able to receive the shot and there will be no out of pocket expense for those with Medicaid, Peachcare, Medicare Part B, Wellcare, Amerigroup, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, or a state benefit plan through United Healthcare or Cigna. For more information, call 478-929-7767.

Here's when vaccines will be given at each school:

Elementary Schools

Two Houston County Schools Win Fitness Award

For the second year in a row, a Houston County school has won a state fitness award for its 2012-2013 school year.

Even though they're just first graders, kids at Perry Primary are strong.

"I like to run and I like to do pushups, and sit-ups. And I like to do exercises," said Jalen Hall.

So strong that they won the silver medal in Georgia's Shape Honor Roll Program.

Part of what determines that are student fitness assessments.

"The more you do it, the better you get," said Aubrey Herndon.

First graders are tested only by their height and weight, but Coach Anna Henry wants them to have a jumpstart on exercises that will be tested from 4th to 12th grades.

"We also do work with them on sit-ups, push-ups, sit and reach, a pacer test, or running test of some sort," said Henry.

Herndon isn't afraid of a little exercise.

Houston Co. American Cancer Society Chapter Participates in Preventative Study

Houston Co. American Cancer Society Chapter Participates in Preventative Study

The Houston County chapter of the American Cancer society is participating in ACS CPS-3 (Cancer Prevention Study.)   According to their website, the purpose of CPS-3 is to "better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations."

It's open to anyone ages 30-69 who has never been diagnosed with cancer (exculding basil or squamous cell skin cancer.)  To particpate, schedule an enrollment appointment (you can do so here) At that appointment, you will sign an informed consent form, fill out a brief survey, provide a waist circumference measurement, as well as give a small blood sample (taken by a certified phlebotomist.) 

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

When you treat yourself to a Dairy Queen blizzard this Thursday, you're also treating the Children's Miracle Network.

Thursday marks Miracle Treat Day, a day where at least a dollar from every blizzard will go to Children's Miracle Network, according to a release.

Last year nationwide and in Canada, the fundraiser brought almost $5 million to Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

The Children's Hospital of the Medical Center of Central Georgia is a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

American Cancer Society Asking Central Georgians Help

For the third time in four years, the American Cancer Society is asking central georgians for their help.

It's called the Cancer Prevention Study-3. It's research that will help scientists better understand how genetics, lifestyle and the environment affect cancer. They are looking for at least 250 volunteers to enroll for the November Houston County event.

You'll have to answer a survey, allow a waist measurement, give a small amount of blood and sign a consent form.

Six years ago Heather Griffin's mother was diagnosed with cancer.

"I thank the lord that she found it early and she is doing great. But every female that's passed away on my mothers side of the family has died from some form of cancer," said Griffin.

That's why the study is so close to her heart, so much so that she participated in it. "I don't want to have another person hear the words you have cancer," she said.

Ga. Plans Managed Care for Children on Medicaid


ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say they're looking to hire a for-profit company to oversee the care of some of the state's most vulnerable children.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that youth advocates and pediatricians say so-called "managed care" of the state's 27,000 children in foster care, adoption assistance or the juvenile justice system could help better coordinate care.

The move is similar to one the state plans to make next year when it transitions roughly 430,000 elderly, blind and disabled Medicaid recipients into a voluntary form of managed care.

Officials say foster children and others would have one primary care physician and electronic health records that doctors can use regardless of where the child lives under the managed care system.

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State Officials Set to Discuss Childhood Obesity


ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Children's Advocacy Network is hosting a panel discussion aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

Organizers say the panel discussion July 25 is scheduled to feature Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Bobby Cagle, physical activity coordinator for the Georgia Department of Public Health, Kelly Mattran and others.

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning spokesman Reg Griffin has said the state ranks 49th in terms of childhood obesity rates.

The event is being hosted in the Ann Cramer room of the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.

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