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Mahathre: Despite declines in teen pregnancy and birth rates, there is still more work to be done

Despite historic declines in the rates of teen pregnancies and births in the United States, and a 63 percent reduction in the teen pregnancy rate ...

May 14, 2017 | Veronica Mahathre | Health


CFD donates to Piedmont Newton Hope Boutique

COVINGTON, Ga. - Piedmont Newton Hope Boutique receives a generous $564 donation from the Covington Fire Department. The Hope Boutique, opened in 2006 with the help ...

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Newton Now Offers 3-D Mammograms

Piedmont Newton Hospital now offers 3-D breast imaging technology. The tomosynthesis 3-dimensional imaging units take better images of the breast interior, decreasing the number of ...

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Columbus Regional in Exclusive Negotiations with Piedmont Healthcare

Monday, Columbus Regional Health and Piedmont Healthcare signed a Letter of Intent, initiating an exclusive negotiation period between the two organizations. Should the negotiations prove ...

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Opens New Primary Care Physician Offices

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – Patients in Social Circle, Conyers and the surrounding communities soon will have increased access to primary care with the addition of two ...

May 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Cricket Frog Trail opens

COVINGTON, Ga. – Sara Vinson of Newton Trails unveils the logo for the newly named Cricket Frog Trail Wednesday afternoon. More than 160 people came out ...

May 04, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health


Walking to build community

COVINGTON, Ga. – One hundred or so walkers from all over Newton County showed up at Turner Lake Park Thursday night to participate in the third ...

April 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health


Immunization is a shared responsibility

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Immunization is a shared responsibility. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. Vaccines ...

April 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Newton Hospital earns top marks for patient safety

COVINGTON, Ga. – Piedmont Newton Hospital has received an "A" grade for its commitment to patient safety, according to the spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade ...

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Take a spin at Georgia State Parks to celebrate the bicycle’s 200th anniversary

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the bicycle. Baron Karl von Drais introduced it to the public in Mannheim in summer 1817. Those looking ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Signs of stress that must be addressed

The American Institute of Stress notes that various disorders, both emotional and physical, have been linked to stress. Such disorders include depression, stroke, hypertension, and ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Diagnosing the differences between PT and OT

The body is a complex organism that is the sum of all its parts. When a portion of the body is not working optimally, pain ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


10K raises 14K for Action Ministries

A 10k to raise 10k was held Sunday, March 27 at Denny Dobbs Park. C. R. Bard's veterans and employees raised over $14,000 ...

April 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Newton High grad gets Fellowship at Mayo Clinic

Growing up in Newton County, Dr. Justin Kennon watched as his father battled cancer. He saw the positive ways that physicians can impact the lives ...

April 09, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health


April shines light on child abuse prevention

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month in Newton County and across the country. Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale has served this community with child abuse ...

April 09, 2017 | Diane Howington news@covnews.com | Health


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Archive By Section - Health


Unexpected strategies for fighting allergies

Wheezing and sneezing definitely is not the most invigorating way of getting through the day.

March 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Young mom beats colon cancer, celebrates milestone

Carrie Fleming was only 30 years old when she was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer at Piedmont Newton Hospital.

March 12, 2017 | Special to The Covington News news@covnews.com | Health


Melvin: Newton County Drug Free Coalition to host drug-free event at NHS

On March 15, Newton High School students and partner agencies of the Newton County Drug Free Coalition will host an event to educate students about the impact substance use and related choices can have on their lives. The event is timely as this is the season when teens and their families are planning post-prom parties and graduation celebrations.

March 12, 2017 | Mollie Melvin | Health


Cheerios Challenge adds 15k to race

More than 1,200 runners and walkers will lace up their shoes and hit the road at the Covington Family YMCA's 16th annual Cheerios Challenge on Sat., April 15, 2017. This event supports the Y's "Why It Matters" annual fundraising campaign, which makes Y programs such as summer day camp, the after-school program, swim lessons, and youth soccer possible for everyone.

March 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


The New Jazzercise to offer free classes all year for girls 16-21

Leading global dance fitness company Jazzercise, Inc. is proud to announce a new initiative for 2017 that supports the growth and development of young women by offering free classes to girls aged 16-21. Dubbed GirlForce, the program aims to empower young women by giving them a place to get fit, learn healthy habits, and find a place they belong in their communities.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Human foods pets should avoid

The revenue of the pet care industry is testament to the lengths people will go to ensure their pets are comfortable and receiving a high level of care. Well-meaning pet owners may pamper their pets, and many believe giving treats of human food is the ultimate indulgence for their animals. However, these individuals may be unwittingly exposing their beloved pets to health problems by feeding them the wrong foods.

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


New Girl Scout cookie flavor available for order

Ready for S'more Girl Scout Cookies? Now's the time to order them! The new Girl Scout S'mores™ cookie is making your options even more delicious this year.

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Local boy aims to cut into hunger

While most children are spending their afternoons playing video games or riding bikes, Jacob Stone, a local Newton County boy, was starting a nonprofit organization to help the less fortunate in the community.

January 14, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Health


Resolving to unplug from devices

Many people struggle to find the right size clothing, shoes and undergarments. It's a situation that affects both men and women. Consider these facts:

January 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Resolve to wear clothes that fit in the year ahead

Many people struggle to find the right size clothing, shoes and undergarments. It's a situation that affects both men and women. Consider these facts:

January 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia partner on contract extension

Piedmont Healthcare today announced it has secured a contract extension with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA), which will protect in-network access to all Piedmont facilities and more than 1,400 Piedmont Clinic physicians through 2017 and beyond.

August 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont terminates UnitedHealthcare contract for Piedmont Newton Hospital

Piedmont Healthcare has notified UnitedHealthcare of Georgia, Inc. of its intent to terminate its contract with Piedmont Newton Hospital on Jan. 31. The notification letter fulfills a 180-day pre-notification requirement in order to terminate the contract. With this termination, Piedmont Newton will join Piedmont's five other hospitals and more than 1,400 Piedmont Clinic physicians as out-of-network with United.

August 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Health


Smart Lunch program serves over 11,000 lunches this summer

Tamara Richardson, Coordinator of Action Ministries in Newton County, announced that between June 1 and July 28, the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program served more than 11,000 lunches.

August 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Health


August is here! Get smart, get immunized!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and the Newton County Health Department would like to emphasize that immunizations, at every age, provide life-saving protection for our whole community. This article is the first in a four part series to increase awareness about the importance of vaccinations -- from back to school requirements to the flu season.

August 01, 2016 | Sarah Neale | Health


Stigma of mental health issues

Mental health is a difficult topic to discuss. As a society we are more willing to talk about goals to eat healthier, exercise more, and follow advice from medical professionals. However, the shame and stigma surrounding mental health concerns -- depression, bipolar disorder, or substance abuse -- create the biggest obstacles to people getting help.

July 25, 2016 | Viewpoint Health | Health


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