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Monday, April 21st, 2014

     The Animal Control Program of the Guilford County Department of Public Health is updating its low cost animal rabies vaccination clinic schedule for 2014.  North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets, whether living inside or outside, age four months or older must be vaccinated against rabies.  The rabies vaccination will be five dollars ($5.00) per shot.  Cash and personal checks will be accepted.  Clinics are scheduled at the following locations:

     Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Winsor Center, 1601 E. Lee Street, Greensboro,
    NC  27405

    Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Summerfield Fire Station #9, 7400
    Summerfield Road, Summerfield, NC 27358

    Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Fire District #28, 6619 NC 61 North,
    Gibsonville, NC 27249 

    Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920
    Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313

    Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Jamestown Town Hall, 301 East Main
    Street, Jamestown, NC  27282

     For your pet’s safety and the safety of others at these clinics, dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers.
     For more information or educational programs available, please contact the Guilford County Department of Public Health at (336) 641-7777 or visit www.guilfordhealth.org                                                         

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The City Oasis Project is sponsoring a community garden clean-up day at the Community Garden in the Warnersville neighborhood of Greensboro.  Everyone is invited to help clean the garden space to prepare for the upcoming growing season and learn more about this project and various community partners.  Join us on Saturday, April 12th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 1100 Curtis Street for this great community event.  All who are working will receive a light lunch and refreshments at noon.

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Monday, April 7th, 2014

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we all can play a part in encouraging the social and emotional well-being of children and families and ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children.

Communities play an important role in protecting children. To highlight the importance of preventing child abuse and raise awareness, Family Service of the Piedmont, Guilford County Health Department, Guilford County Department of Social Services, Greensboro Police Department, Guardian Ad Litem will work in collaboration to coordinate a “Pinwheels for Prevention” garden to celebrate “Every Child Matters.”

Where:          DSS Parking Area (1203 Maple Street, Greensboro, NC)   
Monday, April 14th    11:00am-2:00pm

Pinwheels will be displayed, reminding us that we all have a role in helping children in our community thrive. Information and brochures will be available for distribution and agency representatives will be on hand to answer any questions. The prevention of child abuse has a long-term, positive impact on children, families and communities as a whole. Awareness and abuse prevention play an important role in helping families find the strength they need to raise educated, safe and healthy children.

For more information about child abuse prevention programs in our community, contact Family Service of the Piedmont at 387-6161.

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Each March, the American Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition celebrates National Nutrition Month.  The theme for this year’s celebration is Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.  The campaign focuses awareness on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.  Combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals is a healthy goal for all Americans.
There is a program found in the local department of public health which works to get this message across and teach program participants how to enjoy the taste of good nutrition.  The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, more commonly known as WIC, is a nutrition program with a mission to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 years who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement the diet, providing education about healthy eating and by offering referrals for healthcare.
Local residents who are pregnant, who have had a baby in the past six months, who are breastfeeding an infant less than one year of age or who have a child under the age of five years may apply for program benefits.  The local agency serves those residing in Guilford County who fit into one of these categories and who have a household income no greater than 185% of the federal poverty level.  Households receiving Medicaid and/or Food Stamp benefits also meet income eligibility.
WIC nutritionists, working with the WIC Program, are health professionals, having a minimum of a four-year degree in nutrition. They are trained to guide program participants to select foods which meet their specific health and medical or nutritional needs.   Participants must have an indentified nutritional risk factor determined by the nutrition staff.  These risk factors include but are not limited to anemia, poor growth, history of poor pregnancy outcomes, inadequate dietary intake and other nutrition problems.
WIC participants receive food vouchers to buy specific healthy foods that provide key nutrients such as calcium, Vitamins A, D, E, iron, and protein.  WIC foods include milk, cheese, eggs, juice, cereal, peanut butter, dried beans/peas, infant formula, cereal, infant fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread/rice, fruits, and vegetables, and for mothers who exclusively breastfeed, tuna or salmon and carrots.  During the summer months qualified participants may also receive coupons to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market.  WIC participants are also referred to other community resources for which they may qualify.
WIC also provides trained breastfeeding peer counselors and breastfeeding educators to help mothers to learn to breastfeed and to prepare for the arrival of their newborn.  Moms learn about milk production, positioning the baby for proper latch and how to address breastfeeding concerns.  A pump loan program is also available when needed by participants.
The WIC Program is located in both High Point and Greensboro at the Guilford County Department of Public Health and is available to Guilford County residents.  In High Point, WIC is located at 501 E. Green Street and in Greensboro, at 1100 E. Wendover Avenue.
If you have questions or are interested in applying for the WIC Program, call the High Point office at (336) 641-7571 and the Greensboro office at (336) 641-3214.
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