Summer Dance Program begins

DULUTH - Vision of Excellence and GoGirlGo! Atlanta are looking for girls, ages 8 to 11, to apply for their special summer dance program, "A New Vision For You."

The program focuses on exercise through dance and encourages healthy lifestyle choices, team building, positive self-esteem and developing leadership skills.

In its third year, the program is for girls in Gwinnett County who are overweight, in a single-parent household, or economically disadvantaged.

The program will be held at Lifetime Fitness Sugarloaf on Saturday's beginning May 31 through Aug. 9. A morning session is held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An afternoon session runs from 12:45 to 4:45 p.m. A $40 registration processing fee applies only if accepted into the program. Registration closes May 13. Space is limited to 40 girls. For more information, call 770-482-7994 or go to www.visionofexcellence.org.

Emory Eastside receives award for performance

SNELLVILLE - Emory Eastside Medical Center has received the American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesSM-Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Bronze Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's implementation of a higher standard of care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

To receive the award, Emory Eastside consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the GWTG-Stroke program for 90 days. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombolytics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.

The 90-day evaluation period is the first in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to continually reach the 85 percent compliance level needed to sustain this award, according to a hospital spokesperson.