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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


Everybody Walk Newton events to begin this April

COVINGTON, Ga. - With spring just around the corner, there's no better time to set a goal of getting active and walking in the beautiful ...

April 02, 2017 | Staff Report | 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 ...

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 ...

March 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


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First Lady Deal visits STRIVE Clubhouse

Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Commissioner Frank Berry recently toured View Point Health's STRIVE Clubhouse. STRIVE Clubhouse is 1 of 12 Resiliency Support Clubhouses in Georgia.

June 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Grant to develop Newton as a ‘zero suicide’ county

View Point Health has received a Garrett Lee Smith grant in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The grant furthers the agency vision of building healthy lives and healthy families through high quality comprehensive care.

April 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Six graduate from GPTC’s first Certified Nurse Aide program

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), Office of Economic Development had the first graduates of its Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Program during the Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Inaugural Graduation and Pinning Ceremony.

March 05, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Bobbie Banks retires from health department

After 23 years of service to the Newton County Board of Health, Bobbie Banks announced her retirement recently.

March 05, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Social hosting and how it affects Newton County’s future

When you think about teenagers and the major decisions that are put into their paths, one of the most important choices that each of them will make is whether or not to consume alcohol. While the choice to drink underage is ultimately their own, the adults of our communities have the responsibility to help educate, support and guide them to make the best choices that they can. There are so many ways that drinking underage can negatively affect a teen's life. From disrupting brain development to causing an auto-accident, alcohol has the ability to absolutely wreck the future of ...

February 22, 2016 | Megan Pope | Health


Broken heart syndrome: does it really exist?

Broken hearts don't just affect those going through a recent break up. In fact, a number of men and women suffer from a condition called broken heart syndrome, according to experts at Piedmont Heart Institute.

February 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Fighting for life: Covington man in remission after battle with lung cancer

Covington resident Wilbert Hill knows what it means to fight for his life.

December 08, 2015 | Anne Gantt | Health


Covington resident has shocking discovery

When Covington resident Billie Jane Hood underwent a routine evaluation for knee replacement surgery at Piedmont Newton Hospital, the last thing she expected to hear was that she had stage IV lung cancer.

December 08, 2015 | Anne Gantt | Health


Let's get physical

The 19th Annual Family Health and Fitness day USA was yesterday. Man, you missed it… Wait, what is that exactly?

September 27, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Put as much thought into breastfeeding

I have to admit something. I didn't find out the gender of either one of my children until the moment they were born. Shocking, I know. When the ultrasound technician asked if my husband and I wanted to know the gender, we both said no. We kept to our scheduled appointments diligently and performed all the necessary tests but we wanted that little element of surprise. It drove our families and friends crazy! Oh, the hardship of having to buy gender neutral clothes and baby gear.

August 02, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Don’t be too busy to buckle up

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30 a.m. (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

July 26, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Don't be too busy to buckle up

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30 a.m. (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

July 26, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Vacation stress?

It is hot outside. There is no denying that. It is H.O.T. Of course it is - it's July. We are smack dab in the middle of the hottest month of the summer. We are reaching the 90s every day. We are getting heat lightning at night. And we are talking about back to school… wait, what?!?!

July 19, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Fletcher: Blood and needles

Let's talk about everybody's favorite subjects.

June 20, 2015 | | Health


A little sunscreen goes a long way

My kids have been out of school for two weeks and the morning routine has drastically changed. There is a lot of squirming from my youngest and a few excuses from my oldest… It is a struggle to get them to wear sunscreen.

June 07, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


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