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Fulton County Cooperative Extension participates in Pizza Farm 2013

Fulton County Cooperative Extension participates in Pizza Farm 2013

How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

The Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties have invited 4th and 5th grade students to visit Pizza Farm 2013 on May 8 and 9, 2013 at the State Farmers Market Exhibit Hall located in Forest Park, GA. Attendees will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the perfect pizza, as well as about good health and nutrition. 

“We are excited about the Pizza Farm!” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Many children think their food comes from the grocery store.  The Pizza Farm will teach them that every pizza starts at the farm.”

Exhibits on the origins of pizza ingredients will be presented in a circuit of stations set up around the State Farmers Market Exhibit Hall.

Atlanta DEA takes on sixth annual Drug Take-Back Day

Atlanta DEA takes on sixth annual Drug Take-Back Day

(ATLANTA) -- The Drug Enforcement Office of Atlanta is holding the sixth annual nationwide prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at several area locations.

The drug take-back service is free and open to the public. It follows a "no questions asked" theme according to Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdell.

He says the opportunity to get rid of pill abuse and theft by having all people bring their expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions to the event is something embraced by all. Since September 2010, law enforcement agencies in thousands of American communities have teamed with the DEA to take in over 2 million pounds, almost 1,018 of prescriptions.

There will be numerous sites set up on Saturday to accept drugs from Georgia residents - all in an effort the increase public safety and public health.

Interfaith Coalition of Fulton holds summit

Interfaith Coalition of Fulton holds summit

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- The Fulton County faith community is invited to join Fulton County Health and Human Services to discuss chronic disease issues in a joint effort to define opportunities to address health issues and identify policies and practices that can effectively decrease the impact of chronic diseases in our communities. Interested parties should register by contacting Nazeera Dawood at 404-613-7685 or nazeera.dawood@fultoncountya.gov.

The summit, entitled “Barriers & Bridges: Integrating Faith, Science & Policy to Promote Health”, will be held Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the College Park Regional Health enter located at 1920 John Wesley Ave. in College Park, GA, 30337.  The event is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

Fulton County Youth Commissioners to distribute care boxes to citizens living on the streets

Fulton County Youth Commissioners to distribute care boxes to citizens living on the streets

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Youth Commissioners will take to the streets of Atlanta and Fulton to distribute H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) Boxes on Saturday, Mar. 23 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Youth Commissioners will assemble at the Fulton County Government Center starting at 8 a.m. and distribute H.O.P.E Boxes to locations used by the homeless, primarily in District 5. 

The primary purpose of the H.O.P.E. Box initiative is to disseminate information regarding sources for assistance in low-income areas throughout Fulton County. Each box includes a H.O.P.E. resource card, which highlights County services.  Information is provided regarding how  and where to find shelter, rehabilitation, health services, employment search assistance and other programs offered by Fulton County and collaborating organizations that are designed to help homeless citizens to achieve stability and an improved quality of life.

Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities to celebrate Black History Month

Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities to celebrate Black History Month

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities will host the following Black History observances during February:

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
Black History Month Celebration
Monday, February 18, 2013
10:00am – 11:30am
Program will feature the Darnell Chorus, the Adult Day Program Bells of Darnell, representatives from the Darnell Players, Toast Masters, the Darnell Divas & Dudes and more.
Contact information:  Terryl Sparkman, Senior Services Manager, 404-699-8580

Adult Day Program Black History Month Celebration
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
10:30: a.m. – Noon
Participants will recognize the contributions of Africans Americans to the nation’s history through music and theatrical presentations.
Contact Information: Partrounar Bryant- James – 404-6998595

H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants all residents to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and have fun while “walking across Georgia”.  Daily activities such as walking the dog, going for a jog and playing catch with the kids quickly add up to virtual miles that are used to “walk” across the state. 

“We invite all residents who made New Year’s resolutions to get fit and be healthier to join our initiative,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Although this event is called Walk Georgia, any form of activity can be logged to track mileage.  The primary goal is to get moving.”

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.