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Ga. health rankings: Clarke County

Ga. health rankings: Clarke County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Clarke is Georgia's 22nd healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 37th for quality of life, 15th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 10th for clinical care, 53rd for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 113th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Clarke County:

UGA student dies after undisclosed illness

UGA student dies after undisclosed illness

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia officials have not released what caused a student's recent death.

Athens Regional Medical Center confirms that Tanzila Alam passed away on Monday. Her roommate says she went to the student health center last week after developing a fever and becoming ill.

After several days of not feeling well, her roommate says Alam's uncle took her to the hospital, where she had a seizure and became unresponsive. She passed away the next morning.

UGA confirms Alam did not die of bacterial meningitis, despite many rumors. In a statement released Wednesday, University president Jere Morehead discounted those rumors and media reports from other outlets (this does not reference an 11Alive report):

Free dental services for Georgia children

Free dental services for Georgia children

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Dental Association will offer free dental services to local children on Friday.

It's part of Give Kids a Smile Day, an annual event that raises awareness of the importance of good oral health. More than 350,000 children nationwide receive dental treatment on every Give Kids a Smile Day.

Several Georgia colleges and health centers will provide dental exams:

Fortis College School of Dental Hygiene
2108 Cobb Parkway SE, Smyrna

Lanier Technical College
2990 Landrum Education Drive, Oakwood

Mercy Health Center
700 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens

Savannah Technical College
5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Dental Hygiene Clinic
4089 Val Tech Road, Valdosta

For more information, visit gadental.org.

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Weight control is possible during the holiday season. The Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge Blog will show you how. From the Monday before Thanksgiving until the first full week of January, you will receive 14 different tips about how you can eat more wisely and be more active.

“This program is designed to help people recognize and control their eating during the holidays,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We received feedback from 2013 Challenge participants that the blog messages kept them aware and focused of their goal of not gaining weight over the holidays.”

Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge blog topics will include:

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

UGA Pharmacy students plan tobacco cessation class

UGA Pharmacy students plan tobacco cessation class

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Pharmacy students at the University of Georgia are planning sessions to help people quit smoking or chewing tobacco as the campus prepares to go tobacco free.

University System of Georgia officials approved the system wide tobacco ban this spring. The ban starts Oct. 1.

The students will hold their first six-week session for 20 UGA employees or Athens residents starting Aug. 26.

University officials say the pharmacy students will lead the group program and hold individual coaching session to help participants quit using tobacco.

They are planning a second session aimed at UGA students in the fall.

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.