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Community Health and Safety Fair

Tomorrow morning, the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department (AFRD) will host a community health and safety fair and will be providing fire education materials, smoke detectors, the fire safety house, a fire engine, an airport Striker (aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle), the AFRD mobile command unit and the jumbo kids slide. 

This event will take place at Home Depot (2525 Piedmont Road) starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. AFRD and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) Car Seat Unit will provide car seats and check to ensure correct installation. Vehicle and child must be present to receive a free car seat.

For additional information please contact Eileen Claar at 678.760.9808

20th Annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, This Weekend

Thousands of individuals, organizations and corporations will celebrating two decades of hope on Sunday, October 17, at the 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run.  This is the largest and most visible fundraising event for AIDS in the Southeast, raising money for many organizations to work to stop the spread of HIV and optimize the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS.

This year’s Walk will begin at Piedmont Park at 2 p.m., with the 5K run starting at 1:45 p.m., both traveling through Midtown Atlanta and ending at Piedmont Park.  In addition to the Walk/Run, blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed.

Door 44 Goes Pink for Breast Cancer

No, Door 44 hasn’t come down with a case of edifice chickenpox; if you were wondering. They’ve gone pink to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

During the month of October, Door 44 decided to go with a bold artistic display featuring pink painted polka dots on the exterior of the building. The venue hopes to use its high traffic location to remind local revelers and visitors to Midtown of the importance of breast self-examination and to raise general awareness about the disease.

On October the 23rd, infamous street artist and muralist, Tyler 'Dax' Rudnak will add a pink ribbon with the words "Pink for a Purpose" to the building during a live event that will also include a silent auction which will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate.

AID Atlanta Prevention Programs Manager Working to Stop Epidemic in Atlanta

Having lived with HIV for 25 years and working as prevention programs manager at AID Atlanta, Craig Washington has experienced firsthand the challenges of changing behaviors. As a gay African-American male, one of the groups at highest risk for infection, Washington knows all too well that people have to been shown and helped, not just told to be safe.

He first realized he had HIV in 1985, when a friend had pointed out his swollen glands as a symptom for “it” – not even calling the disease by name. At first he was terrified, but in his quest for information, he heard a voice tell him that he was going to make it. What touched him the most was the support from his female friends when he told them he knew he was HIV positive. He also was later encouraged by his partner, Lenny, to get tested and seek the best doctors for treatment.

Since then, he’s made the effort to live a healthy life and as an advocate for AIDS prevention.

Still Giving Hope in the Face of an Epidemic: 20th AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run

Thousands of individuals, organizations and corporations will join together to celebrate two decades of giving hope on Sunday, October 17, 2010, at the 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run. The largest and most visible fundraising event for AIDS in the Southeast, the event makes it possible for AID Atlanta, producers of the Walk, and nine other AIDS service organizations to continue the work to stop the spread of HIV and optimize the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS.

Step Out Walk with Atlanta City Council

Join the City of Atlanta in fighting against diabetes. Captained by Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 1999, city employees have routinely stepped out and gone walking with the American Diabetes Association at its annual fundraiser and awareness walk at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 25 at Grant Park (840 Cherokee Ave SE).

 “After I was diagnosed with diabetes, a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, I made a commitment to educate my community about the effects of this disease and to do all I could to prevent diabetes from hurting anyone else,” Councilman Bond said.

It’s estimated that 10% of Georgians have been diagnosed with diabetes. And that diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in Georgia.

First Human Case of West Nile Virus, this year

Via Fulton County Health Services:

Fulton Health Services Reports First Human Case

of West Nile Virus

Department of Health and Wellness Urges Residents to Use Prevention Measures

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) for the 2010 season. 

The lab confirmed case involved a 67 year old female residing in Midtown.  The woman, who suffers from underlying health conditions, was hospitalized and has since recovered.  Residents are urged to take precautions when outside and to clear areas of standing water, which is where mosquitoes breed.

“We are in the season for increased mosquito activity,” says