South Health District

District News Release

Public health hosts free health fair

VALDOSTA – South Health District hosted the Mind and Body Wellness Health Fair on Saturday, February 15. During the event, more than 60 people were able to be screened for various health risk factors including: HgbA1C, cholesterol, BMI and more. They were also able to hear presentations from members of the South Health District team […]

Protecting your heart in more than relationships

VALDOSTA – February may be the month of love, but did you know that February is also American Heart Month? While most people are focused on protecting their hearts in relationships, many people forget to protect their heart health. This American Heart Month, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to encourage […]

Public Health hosts free HIV testing events

Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day VALDOSTA – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is recognized annually on February 7 as a way to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017, African Americans accounted for 43 percent of all new HIV […]

Public health staff receive car seat safety certifications

VALDOSTA – Staff with the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District focused their skills on child car seat safety this month. Eight staff members from across the 10-county district received their certifications to become Child Passenger Safety Technicians. To receive their certifications, each participant took part in a four-day course that concluded with […]

Georgia Counties Share Car Seat Mini Grant

Buckle Up Right, Every Trip, Every Time ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH), Injury Prevention Program, Child Occupant Safety Project, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the Child Passenger Safety Mini-Grant. The Child Passenger Safety Mini-Grant program helps county health departments and their community partners reduce the number of injuries and […]

Sick? Stay home!

Children and adults should stay home when sick to prevent flu spread Flu season typically runs from October to May and peaks from December to February. That means South Georgia residents are now at peak risk for contracting and spreading the flu. The symptoms of the flu are: Fever Muscles aches and fatigue Headache Cough […]

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month is recognized nationwide in January. This January, public health officials want you to know there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. All women are at risk for cervical cancer and most cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV can be passed from one person […]

Stand Strong Against The Flu

Georgia Department of Public Health promotes yearly flu vaccine National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 1-7, 2019 VALDOSTA – December means plenty of holiday parties and family gatherings; don’t let the flu hold you back from the festivities this season. National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 1-7 and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) […]

Talking Turkey: Tips to safely prepare your holiday meals

VALDOSTA ­– The holiday season is just around the corner and this Thanksgiving the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to make sure you and your family are protected from food borne illnesses. Turkey will take the spotlight for most families this Thanksgiving, and whether you fry, bake or smoke your turkey […]

SHD recognizes World AIDS Day 2019

VALDOSTA – World AIDS Day is a global health event held annually on December 1. The event offers an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for those living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate those who have died. In recognition of World AIDS Day 2019, the Georgia Department of […]