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YMCA Teaches How to Live Healthier with Diabetes

7/26/2013, 1:57 p.m.
The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is launching a workshop series that helps to manage the challenges of living with diabetes. ...
East Lake Family YMCA

ATLANTA –The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is launching a workshop series that helps to manage the challenges of living with diabetes. The East Lake Family YMCA, located at 275 East Lake Boulevard in Atlanta, will be the site of upcoming workshops.

For adults with type 2 diabetes, “Better Choices, Better Health” addresses concerns like knowing how and when to eat, avoiding complications and getting support from friends and family. The workshop is open to anyone who is 18 years or older with type 2 diabetes. There is no cost for the program.

Workshops are available in person and online. In-person workshops meet once a week for six weeks at the same day and time. Participants meet in small groups at metro Atlanta locations. Learn more and register by calling Jennifer Rewkowski at the Y, 866-202-1926 or register at http://diabetes.selfmanage.org. Also visit http://www.ymcaatlanta.org or call 404-588-YMCA (9622).

Zones Attract New

Business Ventures and Creates Jobs


ATLANTA --- Mayor Kasim Reed and Invest Atlanta announced Monday that sections of the Cleveland Avenue/Metropolitan Parkway neighborhood have been approved as an Opportunity Zone by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This new designation will create a tax incentive for businesses to expand and hire additional employees. 

Businesses within the Opportunity Zone boundaries of the Cleveland Avenue Gateway, Metropolitan Village, Cleveland Avenue Kmart, Lakewood Park and Crossroads Center redevelopment areas can qualify for a yearly income tax credit of $3,500 for each new job created, provided that there at least two net new jobs. Tax credits are good for up to five years and $17,500, as long as the business continues to hire at least two new people per year. 

Previously approved Opportunity Zones in the city include Auburn Avenue, White-Lee Streets and Midtown. 

West End Back to School Jamboree & Talent Show

ATLANTA – Empire Board has adopted the West End Back to School Jamboree & Talent Show as a community service project to provide school supplies to children returning to school.

The Mall West End, located at 850 Oak St. Atlanta, GA 30310, is hosting the event Jamboree and Talent Show on July 27, 12 -5 p.m., in joint effort with Atlanta City Council Lady Cleta Winslow.

To volunteer, make a donation or for questions about the back-to-school event, please contact Empire Board’s president, Stacey Mollinson, at EmpireBoardAtl@gmail.com, or 404 755-5575 or contact Community Relations Chair, Barbara Guillory, at levelblend@yahoo.com or call 404 219-6400. Also visit www.empireboard.com.

Rep. Beasley-Teague to Host Back to School Jam

ATLANTA – State Representative Sharon Beasley-Teague (D-Red Oak) will host the 21st annual Back to School Jam 2013, on Friday, August 2, 2013, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Fairburn Youth Center. 

Back to School Jam 2013 is a free event, and free hot dogs will be served. It is designed to give young people a safe location to have fun while listening to advocates talk about ways to prevent bullying and promote safety in schools.

Please call 404-656-0220 to RSVP for the Back to School Jam 2013. The deadline to RSVP for this event is Wednesday, July 31.

Interactive Maze Will Teach Teens about

Choices and Consequences

Riverdale – The Clayton County Board of Health, Office of Coordinated Youth Services, and other community partners will help teens learn how to make the right decisions by hosting an interactive Teen Maze.

The Clayton County Teen Maze will take place August 17, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverdale Centre, located at 7210 Church St. in Riverdale. Teens ages 12-19 are invited to participate in the Maze, which will consist of numerous interactive stations where volunteers will recreate the consequences of positive and negative life choices.

Stations in the Teen Maze will address topics such as: pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), parenthood, distracted driving, drug/alcohol use, hospitalization, incarceration, death, employment/budgeting, and graduation.

This year’s Teen Maze will be hosted by local radio personality Rashan Ali of 94.5 FM’s morning show “The Streetz Morning Grind”.

The Clayton County Teen Maze is free and open to all teens. For more information, contact Akisha Joseph at 678-479-2205. Registration is required. Registration forms are available at claytoncountypublichealth.org/ccst.