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Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

In support and partnership with The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Life & Relationship Strategist, Author and Speaker,Kenny Pugh (http://www.kennypugh.com) will launch Abstinence Matters

Piedmont Fayette Hospital to host blood drives

Piedmont Fayette Hospital to host blood drives

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Piedmont Fayette Hospital is giving citizens two opportunities to donate blood in the coming weeks.

The hospital will host American Red Cross Blood Drives on Wednesday, Apr. 24 and Thursday, May, 9. Both events will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To give blood, a donor must be at least 17 years old and 110 pounds. One person can give blood six times a year, or once every 56 days.

Call the hospital at 770-719-7098 for more information.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital is lcoated at 1279 Highway 54 West in Fayetteville.

Sexual assault center joins Pinwheels for Prevention

Sexual assault center joins Pinwheels for Prevention

HAMPTON, Ga. -- The Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center has joined the Pinwheels for Prevention movement.

Volunteers and staff members placed 455 pinwheels on the center's front lawn in recognition of Prevent Child Abuse Month.

Learn more about Pinwheels for Prevention at pinwheelsforprevention.org.

The Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center has been helping victims of sexual violence in Butts, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike and Spalding counties since 1994.

Ga. Meth Project campaign unveiled in Fayetteville

Ga. Meth Project campaign unveiled in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia Meth Project recently introduced its latest prevention campaign at Bennett's Mill Middle School.

Dr. Cathy Folden-Handley, who teaches health courses at the Fayetteville school, unveiled the new project in one of her eighth grade classes on Mar. 26. It involves an online interactive teaching website.

The Georgia Meth Project and Georgia Department of Education will make the free and optional curriculum available for other schools in the state. According to Jim Langford, the Project's executive director, Georgia has more teens trying meth for the first time than any other state.

Learn more at georgia.methproject.org.

The Georgia Meth Project is best known for its provocative anti-drug ads and its slogan, "Not Even Once."

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

MORE | Complete coverage of The Autism Gap

Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

Atlanta recruiting 5,000 volunteers for cancer study

ATLANTA -- Sixty years ago, 1 million men and women signed up for the first-ever Cancer Prevention Study. They filled out surveys every few years. And the information from those million Americans led to a dramatic discovery.

Doctor Alpa Patel with the American Cancer Society is the lead researcher on CPS3, the third generation of the cancer prevention studies.

MORE | Join the Cancer prevention Study 3

"The first study was actually set up to specifically address the question of whether not smoking caused lung cancer, and it provided the first evidence that in fact smoking is what was the causal fact, causal factor with the increase rise in lung cancer death rates we were seeing in men at that time," she said.

How to avoid the ER during the holidays

How to avoid the ER during the holidays

ATLANTA -- The holidays are often is the busiest time for hospital emergency rooms. Collectively, the Piedmont Healthcare-affiliated hospitals in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Newnan, Stockbridge and Jasper saw nearly 40,000 patients last year in the emergency rooms during the holiday season.

Avoid a trip to the hospital with the following tips: