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Organizers Seek to Stop Demand for Sex-Trafficked Adolescents Through Community Event on 11/13

Atlanta, GA--  A Future. Not A Past. (AFNAP), the Juvenile Justice Fund’s campaign to stop the prostitution of children in Georgia, will hold its first-ever, community-wide “7200 Steps to Stop Demand” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 13 at 9 a.m. in Candler Park. Open to the public, this event will unite individuals in a common goal: to reduce the number of men who engage in sex with prostituted adolescents.

AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5k Run is a Personal Mission for this Local Couple

Atlanta, GA--  Last year, Robby Astrove and his wife, Danielle Arellano, stole the hearts of everyone involved at October’s AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run. As the co-spokespeople for the event, their story of love and understanding as a “serodiscordant” couple – meaning one has HIV and the other does not, had a message of hope for those living with the disease.

Robby’s story began when he was born in Miami in 1978. He immediately needed three life-saving blood transfusions – transfusions that unknowingly gave him both HIV and Hepatitis C. At age 15, he sustained an injury and shortly after contracted a staph infection that he mysteriously couldn’t get rid of. Doctors wanted to test him for HIV just to rule it out, and shockingly, at the age of 16, Robby tested positive for the disease.

Mosquito Warning from DeKalb County BOH

The DeKalb County Board of Health is advising everyone to take steps to prevent mosquito bites this fall.  Individuals should take particular care when doing yard work, such as raking and gardening.  Mosquitoes will continue to bite, even when, temperatures go as low as 50 degrees.

Five DeKalb residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus this year.

DeKalb County gets Federal Funding to Curb Obesity

Earlier this week, the DeKalb County Board of Health received $2.35 million to fund a two-year project to create policies, systems, and environments that improve physical activity and nutrition, and reduce the risk factors that contribute to childhood and adult obesity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $31 million for awards through the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to ten communities in eight states and one award to a state health department to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking.

DeKalb was chosen because of its history of success using evidence-based strategies to eliminate obesity and reduce tobacco use in the county.

The DeKalb County Board of Health was the first local board of health in the state of Georgia to help pass a smoke-free ordinance in the county.