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Breakfast launches health initiative
Four local groups to be honored
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Forsyth County News

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District 2 Public Health will hold its first Celebrate Healthy North Georgia breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd. Cost is $20 and participants are asked to register in advance by calling (770) 535-5743 or online at

Organizations that are working to make north Georgians healthier will be honored by District 2 Public Health during a breakfast Thursday morning.

The state agency will recognize 21 organizations from its 13-county area, which includes Forsyth and others in northeast Georgia.

The event, which is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, is part of District 2 Public Health’s new Celebrate Healthy North Georgia initiative.

Dave Palmer, public information officer, said the initiative is targeted at making the region more focused on health.

“We’re trying to make 2013 the year of fitness, for everyone to be healthier and really put the focus on that here in our district,” he said. “We want people to become healthier and do that through our community.

“Anyone who’s interested in helping with that effort is definitely encouraged to come to the meeting.”

The gathering will include “a healthy breakfast” and presentations by representatives of the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health, who will address ways to enhance the health of residents in different communities.

Those presentations will be followed by “breakout sessions,” Palmer said, on ways to improve health at the community level. Some of those topics include grant and funding sources, environmental planning, creating healthier businesses and building resilient communities to lessen the impact of disasters.

The event will close with awards to the 21 organizations, four of which are from Forsyth.

“It’s a whole range of things that people have done, that they’ve put in place,” he said. “One company had a program that they put in place for their employees to cut down on their weight, to take clutter off their desks. It was just focusing on not being wasteful and used kind of a play on the word ‘waist.’”

Palmer said Thursday’s breakfast is open to the public, but anyone interested in attending should register in advance by calling the District 2 Public Health Office at (770) 535-5743 or going to Cost is $20.

“We’re hoping that we have 100 to 200 [people], but we’re not sure since it’s a first-time event,” Palmer said. “It’s targeted toward people who want to do something in their community to improve the health of the residents.

“That’s kind of who we’re trying to target with it and it’s open to anyone who would like to come.”