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Ga. health rankings: Gwinnett County

Ga. health rankings: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Gwinnett is Georgia's 2nd healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 4th for quality of life, 7th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 32nd for clinical care, 15th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 142nd for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Gwinnett County:

Children to receive free dental services

Children to receive free dental services

LILBURN, Ga. -- More than 1,400 children will receive free dental treatments this week.

Students at Lilburn Elementary School in Gwinnett and Hightower Elementary School in DeKalb will be given dental sealants and fluoride treatments, courtesy of a $45,000 grant to the Georgia Oral Health Prevention Program from Renaissance Dental. Both procedures are very effective in helping to reduce tooth decay and other oral problems in children, according to a Renaissance Dental spokesperson.

The students will receive their treatments on Thursday and Friday.

Georgia ranks 49th in the U.S. in number of dentists per capita, and 16 counties do not have a single practicing dentist, according to Renaissance Dental.

Blood donation opportunities: Gwinnett County

Blood donation opportunities: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross needs blood donations and has provided healthy metro Atlanta residents with several opportunities to give.

Inclement weather and widespread flu have prevented many usual donors from giving, according to Red Cross spokesperson Kristen Stancil. Several blood drives will be held throughout the area this month to make up the difference.

The Red Cross especially needs blood types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in Gwinnett County:

Monday, Feb. 16
Duluth Donor Center, 3090 Premiere Parkway, Suite 500, Duluth
11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 16
McConnell Middle School, 550 Ozora Road, Loganville
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.

Gwinnett College resolves violation of Americans with Disabilities Act

Gwinnett College resolves violation of Americans with Disabilities Act

LILBURN, Ga. -- Gwinnett College has reached an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office to resolve an investigated violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Lilburn college was accused of refusing to allow an HIV-positive student to finish the medical assisting program. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said this is a direct violation of Title III of the ADA, which prohibits places of public accommodations from excluding people with disabilities, including HIV.

According to the complaint, the student was accepted into the program and completed one quarter of the coursework before being told she could not continue "because she was a safety risk to others." The student said she told the college she was HIV-positive during the enrollment process.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Thomas Eye Group celebrates 40 years

Thomas Eye Group celebrates 40 years
ATLANTA -- Thomas Eye Group, a leading metro Atlanta eye care provider offering comprehensive services including LASIK and medical, surgical and cosmetic eye care, has announced that it is celebrating 40 years as one of the region’s most preferred ophthalmology practices.

“We are very grateful for the patients and communities that have entrusted us with their eye care for the past 40 years,” said CEO Rod Roeser. “Reaching this milestone is a credit to the compassionate care and commitment of our doctors and staff.”

Founded by W. Kevin Thomas, M.D. and Stephen B. Levine, M.D., Thomas Eye Group has served the metro Atlanta community since 1974. The company began as a general ophthalmology practice in Sandy Springs with Dr. Kevin Thomas seeing adult patients and Dr. Stephen Levine, a pediatric ophthalmologist, treating pediatric patients.