Northwest Georgia Healthy Babies

Bringing a healthy baby into the world is a blessing, and in most cases, it’s no accident. That’s because mothers-to-be today have access to excellent pre-natal care, care our grandmothers probably only dreamed of. But for a certain sector of our population, particularly the under- and uninsured, access to affordable prenatal care is frequently non-existent. That can be a problem, …

NGHP Teams up with Verizon and NRHA on a Diabetes and Technology Research Project

The Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership (NGHP) has been selected to administer a new pilot program on the impact that the use of technological devices may have on the management of diabetes, NGHP officials announced today. Program cosponsors Verizon and the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) have selected Murray County to be their first “rural community” to aid in a nationwide …

Summer Sun and Skin Cancer

With the 4th of July just around the corner, many of us are anticipating the fun of picnics, fireworks, boating and other outdoor activities. I know I am. There’s no doubt that this is the time of year when everyone should take precautions on the water and on the road. But it’s also time to be extra vigilant when it …

NGHP Expands Reach into Other Counties

Soon, the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership will be extending its outreach beyond Whitfield and Murray Counties, thanks to a generous grant from one of our funding partners. With additional resources, the NGHP will begin offering services and programs in Gordon County and will expand existing services within Murray County, extending the work of its community health workers (CHWs) and providing …

ADA Promotes Diabetes Alert Day

Who doesn’t need a “wake-up” call now and again? According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the 86 million Americans – yes, that’s 86 million – who are pre-diabetic could use an annual wake-up call to assess their risks for developing this serious disease. Diabetes Alert Day is an annual event sponsored by the ADA that takes place on the …

Benefits of Recreational Facilities

In about two weeks, residents of Whitfield County will have the opportunity to vote on a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST. Currently, Whitfield County is one of only seven counties in the state of Georgia that does not have a SPLOST in place. Among the many projects to be supported if this proposed SPLOST is passed are …

Bill Gregory Healthcare Classic

I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Dr. Bill Gregory, the Dalton physician for whom the Healthcare Classic is named, but I understand that he was a man who believed that being physically fit and eating right were essential to good health. And I have it from good authorities, chiefly from his family and friends, that he “practiced what he …

Time to “Rethink the Drink”

I’m four weeks in, and so far, my New Year’s resolution is going pretty well. This year I decided to give up carbonated beverages, in particular Diet Coke. While that may seem like a pretty simple task, it was a bit of a challenge based on the number of those drinks I was consuming daily. I was easily drinking six …

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

The new year is a great time to take stock of one’s health and to become an advocate for healthy lifestyle practices throughout the calendar year. It seems that almost every month of the year is associated with one or another health concern, and January is no different. Among awareness campaigns for both Glaucoma and Thyroid disease and prevention campaigns …

National Diabetes Month – 5210 Challenge

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when individuals and organizations across the country pay particular attention to this medical condition, which can lead to serious health problems affecting the heart, the kidneys, the circulatory system, and vision. Diabetes is a serious disease affecting more than 29 million people, or about 9 percent of the U.S. population. Most troubling is …