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Plantation South Dunwoody to Hold Ceremony for Alzheimer's Awareness

DUNWOODY, GA -- Plantation South Dunwoody (4594 Barclay Drive, Dunwoody, 30338), an assisted living facility, has partnered with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America to host a candle lighting ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 6:00 p.m.

This annual event is held to honor and remember those with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses as part of the Foundation's National Commemorative Candle Lighting.

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, and Plantation South wants to get the word out about this often misunderstood disease.

Dunwoody vs. Sandy Springs Police Blood Drive Challenge

DUNWOODY, GA -- The Dunwoody Police and the Sandy Springs Police are going head to head in a challenge to donate the most blood.

LifeSouth is sponsoring the drive in an effort to help raise awareness in the community about the need to donate blood. All donations to LifeSouth will stay within the community.

The challenge will officially kick off on Saturday, Oct. 30 and run until Sunday, Nov. 7. The police departments are encouraging all residents who can donate to please do so. Officers will be able to donate blood on their days off or when their shifts end at the Dunwoody LifeSouth (4891 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 30338).

The winning agency will be determined based on the percentage of officers who donate; all of the winning team's officers will be placed into a drawing to win a Blu-ray disc player.

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.

Dropping Pills in Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, GA -- The Dunwoody Police Department is teaming up with the Drug Enforcement Agency and Safe Kids Georgia to conduct Operation Pill Drop. This is a prescription drug take-back event where the public can dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications to keep them out of the wrong hands.

"Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem, and take-back events like this one are an indispensible tool for reducing the threat that the diversion and abuse of these drugs pose to public health," said Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the National Drug Control Policy. "The federal, state and local collaboration represented in this initiative is key in our national efforts to reduce pharmaceutical drug diversion and abuse."

On Sept. 25, Dunwoody residents are invited to bring their unwanted medication to the front lobby of the police department (41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 100) from 10:00 a.m.

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.