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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.

Atlanta Mom Inventor Wins $15,000 Grant from Huggies

Atlanta, GA--  Kimberly Clark's Huggies brand has awarded Atlanta resident, Dr. Amy Baxter with 1 of its 12 $15,000 grants aimed to help fund and resource and "innovative, real-world product idea."

Selected from almost 400 applications, Dr. Baxter successfully demonstrated her unique childcare product idea to make life easier for moms and dads.  The Huggies MomInspired Grant Program was created to provide the resources and seed capital for moms to either turn turn their great ideas inspired by personal motherhood experience into successful businesses or help take their existing businesses to the next level.

Dr.

Stogner Confirmed as Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted to confirm Richard Stogner as Executive Assistant and Chief Operating Officer.  Stogner was nominated by Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis.

Mr. Stogner’s appointment is for an initial term of one-year. He has asked not to receive compensation for his services during his term in office.

“Mr. Stogner has had a long and distinguished career in public service and is well-known and recognized as a top-notch public administrator.  He has served in top posts in the administrations of Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and Andy Young as well as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the 1996 Olympic Games,” said CEO Ellis.  “In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Mr.

Make Your Own Rain Barrel

Collecting rainwater in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce water bills and the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will host a Rain Barrel workshop for DeKalb citizens on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Tucker Recreation Center (4898 Lavista Road in Tucker).

Vote DeKalb, Encourages Early Voting

In an effort to increase voter turnout in DeKalb County, county officials are launching an early voting campaign—Vote DeKalb—to encourage voters to cast ballots prior to the Nov. 2 General Election. 

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

Atlanta-based Mastermind, a leading social, mobile, digital and promotion agency, this week launched an innovative Social Media Brand Ambassador practice designed to allow brands to actively engage customers, promote their products, and respond quickly to inquiries and complaints.  The agency will recruit ambassadors nationwide and engage them on behalf of clients to promote discussion and raise the level of social media conversation for specific brands.

Potential ambassadors will be chosen from a range of demographic groups, interest areas, and geographic regions.  Those interested in applying should go to www.mastermindmarketing.com.

DeKalb Gets Federal Funds to Fight Fat

ATLANTA -- DeKalb County is getting $2.35 million in federal cash to help residents slim down.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is giving the grant to the DeKalb Board of Health and says it must be used for obesity prevention.

Initiatives can include promoting healthy eating, exercise and discouraging tobacco use.

The DeKalb grant is part of $31 million in federal funds awarded
to communities across the nation.

Other communities to receive funding include Mobile, Ala. and North Little Rock, Ark., along with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.