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The ABCs of SPFs

The ABCs of SPFs

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially here. Are you protecting your skin from the sun? Do you know what SPF (sun protection factor) to use? We spoke with Piedmont dermatologist Jodi Ganz, M.D., to find out what those SPF numbers really mean.

“The SPF number means it would take you that much longer to burn than you normally would without sunscreen,” says Dr. Ganz. “If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, then using an SPF5 means it would take you five times longer, or 50 minutes, to burn. An SPF10 means you could stay in the sun 10 times longer, or 100 minutes.”

But Dr. Ganz cautions that most sunscreens “break down” on average in two hours, meaning they lose their ability to protect you. So, you must reapply sunscreen every two hours.

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.

HIV crisis facing black women in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News is sounding the alarm.

Research shows African-American women, many living in Atlanta, are being infected with HIV -- so much so that the new cases are being compared to African countries. 

Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)

Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342 

DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983 

Clayton: 847 and 943 

Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288 

Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041

In another study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases among women. That's 15 times higher than white women and four percent higher than Hispanic women.

Police to host drug take-back day

Police to host drug take-back day

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Saturday, Apr. 28 will be a drug take-back day in Acworth.

All residents are invited to bring their old, unused, potentially dangerous drugs to the Acworth Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The drug take-back event is part of a nationwide initiative to help curb prescription drug abuse and theft.

Only pills will be accepted; the police cannot take back any needles, syringes, thermometers, IV bags, bloody and infectious waste, personal care products, inhalers and medical equipment.

For more information, call Acworth Police Ofc. Jeff Rose at 678-801-4073.

Woodstock Businesses Launch "60 Days to Change"

Woodstock Businesses Launch "60 Days to Change"

Change-to make the form, nature, content, or future course different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.  Are you looking for a change?  Two local Woodstock businesses are launching  "60 Days to Change" on Sunday, April 15th.  Bowen's Tiger-Rock Academy and Maximum Nutrition, located on Rose Creek Dr, are looking for 60 people committed to "real" change in how they look and feel.  Men and women, ages 14 and up, are welcome to join the Change regardless of current fitness level, or lack thereof.

Winter blood drive to be held Friday

Winter blood drive to be held Friday

ACWORTH, Ga. -- The Acworth Parks and Recreation Department will host its winter blood drive on Friday, February 17.

The American Red Cross is currently experiencing a critical blood shortage and needs all types, especially O and B.

The blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Acworth Beach House in Cauble Park.

To schedule an appointment or to get more information, call Jeff Chase with Acworth Parks and Recreation at 770-917-1234. The Acworth Beach House is located at 2293 Beach Street.

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

ATLANTA -- Belk, Inc. has raised more than $1 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help win the fight against breast cancer.

The funds were raised through the company-wide "Pink is Our Passion" campaign held at the department stores in October.

"We want to thank our associates and customers for their generosity in supporting our breast cancer campaign, which has raised more than $2 million over the past two years for Susan G. Komen for the Cure," Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc., said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership with Komen and look forward to our continued efforts to raise more funds to fight this disease."

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Pink is Our Passion was part of a three-year movement to raise $3 million for Komen and its breast cancer initiatives.