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HEALTH BRIEFS: Free nutrition certificate program starting

Free nutrition certificate program starting

A nutrition certificate program will be offered from Jan. 16 to Feb. 20. Classes will meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Buford Human Services Center, 2755 Sawnee Ave. in Buford. The program is free, and participants will learn about general health, how to eat using the MyPlate meal planner and get details on community resources. The class is provided by the Gwinnett Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, call the center at 770-614-2526.

Severe weather affecting blood donations

According to the American Red Cross, winter can often be a difficult time to obtain blood donations because of inclement weather. Severe winter weather across much of the U.S. is already affecting blood collections. In Gwinnett, there will be a blood drive held from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Bruster’s Ice Cream, 2324 Scenic Highway in Snellville. Participating donors will receive a free pint of ice cream. For more information on donating blood and blood drives nearby, visit www.redcrossblood.org.