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HEALTH BRIEFS: Pediatric group celebrates 40 years

Gwinnett pediatric office celebrating 40 years

Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine is celebrating 40 years this summer.

With four locations around the county, which calls itself the “oldest established pediatric practice in Gwinnett,” opened its first office in Duluth in 1974. Today, the company has offices in Lawrenceville, Duluth, Dacula, Sugar Hill and a “Teen Center” in Lawrenceville.

As part of the health group’s celebration, it is having contests with prizes to be awarded at the Duluth Festival on Sept. 27 and 28.

The contests include a competition for the best photo taken of a patient at one of the company’s offices or events; a competition for the family with the longest history with the business; and an art contest to see who can create the best work using the theme “GPAM 40th Anniversary.”

For more information on the contests or the company, visit www.gwinnettpeds.com/about-us.php.

Chronic disease guidance seminars planned

The Centerville Community Center is hosting a six-week workshop to help residents learn to better manage chronic illnesses.

Offering techniques for dealing with fatigue and stress and encouraging effective communication, the classes will be held at the Snellville center Fridays from Aug. 15 to Sept. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The cost to enroll is $5, which is non-refundable. A minimum of eight pre-registered and paid participants is required for the classes to be held.

The program is sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission, Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension Service and Gwinnett County Health and Human Services.

For more information, call the center at (770) 985-4713.

Redcross plans blood drives Centerville Center

The American Red Cross is planning a series of blood drives at the Centerville Community Center.

The drives will be held Fridays between Aug. 29 to Dec. 19 from 3 and 7 p.m. at the center located at 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville.

For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1.800.GIVE.LIFE.

Photo ID must be submitted for participation. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.