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Ga. health rankings: Cherokee County

Ga. health rankings: Cherokee 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.

Cherokee is Georgia's 6th healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 5th for quality of life, 10th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 24th for clinical care, 6th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 139th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Cherokee County:

Blood donation opportunities: Cherokee County

Blood donation opportunities: Cherokee County

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross needs blood donations and has provided healthy metro Atlanta residents with several opportunities to give.

Inclement weather and widespread flu have prevented many usual donors from giving, according to Red Cross spokesperson Kristen Stancil. Several blood drives will be held throughout the area this month to make up the difference.

The Red Cross especially needs blood types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in Cherokee County:

Monday, Feb. 16
American Legion, 160 McClure Street, Canton
12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 16
The Learning Experience, 3338 Trickum Road, Woodstock
1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

ATLANTA -- The new year comes with many resolutions. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can actually be achieved from the ground up – in the garden!

To help gardeners of all levels welcome 2015 with more than just a bountiful harvest, Pike Nurseries offers the top three garden resolutions for a healthy, wholesome and nutritious New Year!

1. Improve Health with Houseplants

The Paleo Mom to launch new cookbook in Woodstock

The Paleo Mom to launch new cookbook in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Paleo Mom, also known as Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, will launch her second book at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Woodstock on Tuesday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The official launch party and book signing will be catered, with all things Paleo-related of course, and will kick off The Paleo Approach Cookbook publication.

"We're thrilled to bring Dr. Sarah Ballantyne with her new cookbook to Woodstock and the entire metro Atlanta area," FoxTale co-owner Ellen Ward said. "Sarah's cookbook will show you tips and give suggestions, recipes and tricks on how to go Paleo."

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.

MedPost to open 3 Atlanta-area care centers

MedPost to open 3 Atlanta-area care centers

(WXIA) -- MedPost Urgent Care will open three new health centers in metro Atlanta next week.

The centers, which will welcome their first patients on July 7, are located at:

* 3576 Highway 138 SE, Stockbridge
* 1230 South Hairston Road, Stone Mountain
* 12201 Highway 92, Woodstock

MedPost centers provide patients with a range of services, from flu shots to orthopedic injury care, and also offer follow-up appointments and referrals when appropriate.

The Stockbridge and Stone Mountain facilities are affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center, while the Woodstock center is part of North Fulton Hospital.

Visit medpost.com for more information.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."