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Valentine’s Kickoff Vaccination Event Set for Feb. 12 in Savannah

J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, Healthy Savannah/YMCA of Coastal Georgia, and the Georgia Department of Health Coastal Health District hope you’ll share the gift of health with those you love. Those organizations have joined together to invite the public to a Kickoff Vaccination Event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, 5 Mall Way located…

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Healthy Savannah launches new initiative to help tackle food apartheid

SAVANNAH, Ga, (WSAV) – A new initiative has launched in the hostess city, helping make healthy food options the easy choice to make in local grocery stores. “So this initiative is the healthy checkout initiative, and we’re trying to encourage stores and local grocery stores to have healthy produce close to those checkout aisles,” said Ruby Hallam, REACH Nutrition manager at Healthy Savannah. “That way, when…

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Healthy Savannah moves fresh food to the front of the line

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTGS) — Healthy Savannah partnered with the YMCA for an initiative to make healthy food options convenient for shoppers by placing produce next to the checkout. Saturday, they launched this program at Jones’ Red and White in Habersham Village. “This is a problem that we’re experiencing nationwide, which is again, food apartheid: the lack of healthy food options that are available, especially in certain…

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Healthy Savannah and Coastal YMCA Seeking Community Advocates for Flu and COVID-19 Prevention

Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia are reminding area residents that there’s still time to get a flu vaccine. Dec. 5-11 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. The organizations are also recruiting community members to continue a community-based health awareness initiative designed to raise COVID-19 and flu awareness and increase vaccine access in…

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Police Memorial Trail reopens in Savannah, helping link Daffin Park to Lake Mayer

Savannah’s Police Memorial Trail officially reopened on Monday, Nov. 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the trailhead on the corner of Kerry St. and Dixie Ave., where City and County officials gathered with the Tide to Town board and members of the community to celebrate the conclusion of the five-year renovation effort. Extending from Kerry St. to near the corner of 52nd St. and Bee Rd.,…

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Healthy Savannah urges donations of healthy foods during holidays

Nearly 160,000 people in Coastal Georgia struggle with food insecurity, and many families turn to food pantries for additional assistance, especially during the holidays. However, healthy options are not always available for those in need. All too often, they must rely on inexpensive, unhealthy foods because that’s all that’s available. “If we want to be a healthier community we need to donate healthier food,” said Paula…

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Healthy Savannah and YMCA Encourage Savannah Stores to Provide Healthier Options at Checkout

In Chatham County, 17.6% of all residents are food insecure and 21.8% of children are food insecure, with the accessibility and affordability of healthy food disproportionately impacting certain communities. Healthy Savannah believes change is urgently needed to forge a path towards health equity and has mapped out a plan to get there. Read the whole story in the Savannah Business Journal…

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Healthy Savannah, YMCA work to improve pedestrian safety as more students walk to school

Nearly 70% of Savannah’s paved streets lack sidewalks. On average, 168 pedestrians are hit by vehicles in the city every year due to the lack of pedestrian and cyclist-friendly infrastructure. Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia are leading an initiative that will identify safety barriers such as a lack of sidewalks, cracked pavement, and inaccessible intersections in 12 communities. “There are some places that…

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$50,000 Awarded to Healthy Savannah for Health + Wellness Transformation in Eastside Neighborhood

Unique partnership with Live Oak Landing developer W.H.Gross Construction may become model for other communities. (SAVANNAH, GA) After three years of planning and development, a unique project is revitalizing areas of Eastside Savannah, with a goal of transforming one of the most neglected areas of the city into a desirable neighborhood with 100% occupancy. Healthy Savannah has been awarded a $50,000 grant made possible by tax…

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