14th Annual Buddy Walk Returns to Forsyth Park on Oct. 5

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society will hold its 14th annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Savannah’s Forsyth Park.

 

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY

 

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society hosts the event each year to draw attention to the strength and needs of individuals with Down Syndrome and to offer families a fun and inclusive outdoor activity. This year’s event has a fundraising goal of $50,000.

 

Expect lots of feet on the ground, along with wheelchairs, carriages and strollers. The event has drawn thousands of attendees each year. This year Sheriff Wilcher will be the Grand Marshall for the event.

 

This marks the second year that healthy lifestyles will be a particular focus of the Buddy Walk, and the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society has once again partnered with Healthy Savannah. Children with Down syndrome face an increased risk for obesity due in part to the syndrome but also to common environmental factors. With that in mind, nutritious lunch options and additional health education will be provided during the event.

 

A festival will follow the walk, complete with face painting, pumpkin painting, bouncy houses, games, music, refreshments and other entertainment.

 

Individual registration is $15, and alternative pricing is offered for families of different sizes. One new feature this year is encouraging families to form teams using the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s website, ldssga.org.

 

“Families from throughout the region look forward to the Buddy Walk each October,” said Whitney Lowery, executive director of LDSS. “Coming together in October, which is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, allows us to not only enjoy fellowship but helps us in our primary goal of promoting changes in local and national policies regarding Down syndrome.”

 

For more information visit ldssga.org or email buddywalk@ldss.org

 

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit ldssga.org

 

CONTACT
Whitney Lowery
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
wlowery@ldssga.org

FYZICAL Savannah Therapy and Balance Center Spotlights National Fall Prevention Awareness Week

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FYZICAL Savannah Therapy and Balance Center Spotlights National Falls Prevention Awareness Week
Trusted Savannah PT practice launches accident prevention program

(SAVANNAH, GA) FYZICAL Savannah, a physical therapy, balance, dizziness and healthy lifestyle practice, will launch awareness initiative “Fight The Fall” surrounding the importance of reducing the risk of accidental falls among the community’s aging adult population.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Savannah FYZICAL team will mark National Falls Prevention Awareness Week by offering free fall risk assessments between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at their clinic, located at 322 Commercial Dr. They will host a second session on Saturday, Oct. 5 for anyone who cannot attend the Sept. date.

Both screening days will be free and open to the public, but it is necessary to call in advance to book an appointment.

As the nation gears up for Falls Prevention Awareness Week, the National Council on Aging and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the following key statistics:

• One in four adults over the age of 65 falls, and the risk of falling increases with age.
• Nearly all hip fractures are caused by falls, and 53 percent of adults discharged for a fall-related hip fracture will fall again within six months.
• Falls account for 40 percent of all nursing home admissions.
• Every 11 seconds, an aging adult is treated in the ER for a fall.
• Every 19 minutes, an aging adult dies from a fall.
• The financial toll for aging adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.

At FYZICAL, fall prevention is the cornerstone of their mission. The Safety Overhead System (SOS) is an overhead track and harness system which is another unique feature of FYZICAL. The SOS is designed to protect patients from falling during the rehabilitation process while giving them the confidence they need to break through their barriers, yet in a safe environment.

“Through our use of advanced technology, information and science, our mission is to educate our community, which includes the aging adult population in addition to their caregivers, on the importance of understanding the risks associated with falls,” said Dr. Bryan Bost, Physical Therapist and Clinical Director at FYZICAL Savannah. “We’re honored to provide the Savannah community with valuable information that has the potential to save lives.”

To learn more about FYZICAL Savannah, visit https://www.fyzical.com/savannah or call 912-499-0836.

Fight the Fall FYZICAL Savannah

About FYZICAL
FYZICAL is the fastest-growing system of physical therapy, balance and healthy lifestyle centers in the United States and is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. With more than 385 centers in 44 states, FYZICAL is changing the face of healthcare through accessibility and a revolutionary franchise business model. For more information on converting an existing physical therapy practice to a FYZICAL location, visit FYZICALFranchise.com. To learn more about FYZICAL, treatment protocols and to interact with the brand on social media, visit FYZICAL.com.

Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental and Premier Dental Designs Offers Free Oral Cancer Screenings in April

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Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental and Premier Dental Designs Offers Free Oral Cancer Screenings in April

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of April being Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Sandfly Family Dentalin Savannah and Premier Dental Designsin Rincon will offer free oral cancer screenings on Thursday, April 11 and Thursday, April 25. The exams normally cost as much as $80.

“I recommend anyone 18 and older to be tested annually for oral cancer,” said Dr. Angela Canfield, who owns both offices. “The oral cancer screening light shows a change in oral tissue that warrants a biopsy. For patients who show a change in tissue, I usually suggest a follow-up visit with an oral surgeon or an ear nose and throat specialist, depending on the levels found.”

The oral cancer screening is noninvasive and takes less than 10 minutes. While the screenings will be free, an appointment is necessary.

The death rate associated with oral cancer is high not just because it is hard to discover or diagnose but because it frequently is discovered late in its development. In the United States, one person dies every 60 minutes because of oral cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 43 percent of those diagnosed with oral cancers will die within five years. While the disease has few, if any, early symptoms, early detection can increase survival rates to as much as 90 percent.

Oral cancer typically is associated with long-term tobacco use, but it’s becoming more frequent in young adults who have never smoked.

For more information, please contact Premier Dental Designsby calling (912) 826-4037 or visiting http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/.

For Savannah residents, please call (912) 349-0472 or visit http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

Angela Canfield

ABOUT PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS AND SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistryand the National Board of Dentists. She owns and practices at Premier Dental Designsin Rincon, 5871 Hwy 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dentalin the Norwood Market in Savannah. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

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Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
cynthia@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Savannah Autism Conference Features Activist Temple Grandin as Keynote and Announces First Local Reverse Job Fair

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Savannah Autism Conference Features Activist Temple Grandin as Keynote and Announces First Local Reverse Job Fair

(SAVANNAH, GA) Autism activist Temple Grandin, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most accomplished and best-known autistic adults, will be the keynote speaker when the Matthew Reardon Center for Autismhosts its 2019 Autism ConferenceFeb. 28 and March 1 at the Savannah Convention Center. The conference comes as estimates indicate that one in 59 children born in the United States will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

2019 Autism Conference

 

The Reardon Center’s fourth annual conference is organized for a diverse audience: professionals and academics who work with autistic people (with continuing education credits in many cases), families affected by autism, autistic people, potential employers and members of the general public who are interested in this growing social and medical challenge.

Grandin will discuss “Autism and My Path Through Life” the final afternoon of the conference as wrap up of the two-day conference, which also features presentations by 22 autism experts and includes a first-in-Savannah Reverse Job Fair to help people with autism find jobs.

General admission tickets for both days are $135, one-day tickets for Thursday or Friday are available for $100 or admission to Grandin’s lecture only is priced at $60. SCCPSSemployees are eligible for a specially-discounted, one day ticket, as well. To register and buy tickets, visit www.2019autismconference.com.

Grandin, a best-selling author of multiple books and an internationally recognized expert in animal welfare and behavior, did not speak until she was four-years-old and was diagnosed with autism at a time when it was less well understood than it is today. Her family ignored advice to institutionalize her and she went on to earn a doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She currently is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, and her research in the development of humane systems of handling animals in the meat-production industry is highly regarded and implemented internationally. Grandin is also the subject of a biographical movie and numerous television documentaries.

The 2019 Autism Conferencewill also feature numerous nationally-respected speakers, addressing topics such as educational strategies for teachers and parents, augmentative and assistive communication, guardianship and other legal issues, bullying and personal accounts from autistic people. A complete list of speakers can be found at https://2019autismconference.com/guest-speakers/autism-conference-speakers/

In addition to diverse workshops and Grandin’s keynote address, the conference will host a Reverse Job Fair, a setting which removes many of the barriers people with autism face when seeking employment.

How will this work? Registered job seekers with autism will prepare in workshops prior to the conference. At the conference fair, each job seeker will set up a table complete with posters and resumes. Potential employers then go from table to table, giving each job-seeker an opportunity to showcase their particular strengths. Interested employers should contact Jim Atkinson at jatkinson@progressiveabilities.org.

The 2019 Autism Conferenceis sponsored by Memorial University Medical Center, the Savannah Morning Newsand WTOC.

For more information, to register for the job fair or to purchase tickets, visit www.2019autismconference.com

ABOUT THE MATTHEW REARDON CENTER FOR AUTISM(MRCA):
MRCAoperates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism. They have provided advocacy and outreach services to more than 870 families across southeast Georgia and have hosted professional training and instructional opportunities for more than 4,500 family members, educators, health professionals and self-advocates. The organization was incorporated in 2000 and currently serves 27 students through ADVANCE Academy. They have 14 full-time employees and operate in an 8,800 sq foot school building, formerly St. Francis Cabrini Catholic School, located at 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah, GA 31419. Website: http://www.matthewreardon.org/

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations
912-856-9075
cynthia.cradduck@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

13th Annual Buddy Walk Hosted by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Returns with a Healthy Twist on October 6

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13th Annual Buddy Walk Hosted by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Returns with a Healthy Twist on October 6

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS) held their 13th annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Forsyth Park.

Individuals of all ages and abilities — and their pets — were invited, especially those in wheelchairs, carriages and strollers.

LDSSofficials said they drew more than 5,000 people to this year’s walk to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

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“We hold the Buddy Walk every year in October as part of National Down Syndrome Awareness month,” said Tom Kenkel, president of LDSS. “Our primary goal, however, is to make positive changes in local and national policies regarding Down syndrome. This event does a phenomenal job of helping us do just that.”

A new element this year was a focus on healthy lifestyles, Kenkel said.

According to research studies in the US Library of Medicine, children with Down syndrome are at an increased risk for obesity. This could be due in part to physiological expressions of Down syndrome but also to common environmental factors.

With that in mind, LDSS, with participation from Healthy Savannah, Coca Cola, NLAWS Produce and EmployAbility, provided more nutritious lunch options and additional health education during the event.

“We are taking small steps to eventually host the first Buddy Walk in the country that brings attention to healthy lifestyles as part of the event,” Kenkel said.

A festival followed the walk featured face painting, pumpkin painting, the BOO Boutique, bouncy houses, games, music, refreshments and the Border Pawtrol disc dog team.

Sponsors of the 2018 Buddy Walk include NLaws Produce, Joe Marchese Construction, Marlow Elementary School, Coca-Cola and Holton Plumbing.

For more information on the Buddy Walk, contact Candy Bogardus at 912-436-3626, buddywalk@ldssga.orgor visit www.ldssga.org.

ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSSencourages people to bring their children. LDSSis an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/

CONTACT
Kayla Johnson
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-436-3626
kjohnson@ldssga.org
10701 Abercorn St., #60786
Savannah, GA 31420

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts Health Fest on October 20

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Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts Health Fest on October 20

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Healthy SavannahFaith and Health Coalition, formed in 2014 to help faith-based organizations implement policies and programs to promote a holistic health culture, will host its first citywide health festival on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Healthy Savannah

The event, called Health Fest, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Bolton Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Montgomery Street.

It will include health screenings, informational lectures, wellness and fitness demonstrations, children’s activities, entertainment and food samplings among other things.

“This festival promises to be exciting, engaging, educational and jammed packed with health and wellness information, networking opportunities and tons of fun for the whole family,” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah. “We really hope that the entire community will come to check it out.”

The faith and health coalition is a part of Healthy Savannah, a non-profit 501©3 public/private coalition of more than 150 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations and healthcare and government agencies that was formed in 2007.

Health Fest is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.healthysavannah.orgor contact Paula Kreissler paula@healthysavannah.orgfor more information.

ABOUT HEALTHY SAVANNAH
Healthy Savannah, a 501©3 public charity is a public/private coalition of over 150 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, It began as an initiative of City of Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, formed in 2007. Healthy Savannahleads and supports a culture of health in the Savannah area by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice the easy choice; building a collaborative network that identifies and shares resources; collecting and disseminating information, promoting best practices and implementing innovative programs, and advocating for effective policies. Since its inception, this innovative, cross-sector collaboration has vastly benefited the community as evidenced by numerous multi-agency projects, grants and policy initiatives that have emerged from the initiative to create and sustain a Healthy Savannah. For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org

How to Recognize Melanoma Warning Signs

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How to Recognize Melanoma Warning Signs
by Dr. Corinne Howington

With beach season upon us, our coastal locals start taking time to soak up the sun, but these long, light-filled days often mean overexposure to the day’s dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays.

With more than three million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually, beachgoers need to be more mindful than ever as more than 95 percent of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing skin cancer by almost 50 percent.

Designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Monthis set for the month of May to try to raise awareness about skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection.

Here at home, we must be committed to raising awareness and encouraging action to prevent melanoma.

The American Cancer Societyreports that more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. About 9,320 people are expected to die from this disease in 2018. The good news is that skin cancer is not only preventable but is the most curable form of cancer.

Our goal for the month of May is to bring attention to skin disease and to get people to talk about an uncomfortable topic.

Education is the key to fighting this form of cancer. If the disease is caught early and treated, the cure rate is extremely high.

Be aware of any spots on your skin that are different from the others or anything that’s changing, itching or bleeding. When checking your skin, you should look for the ABCDE’s of melanoma:

A) Asymmetry
One half of your dark spot is unlike the other half.

B) Border
An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border is around your dark spot.

C) Color
The hue is varied from one area to another; your dark spot has shades of tan, brown or black or is sometimes white, red or blue.

D) Diameter
Melanoma spots are usually greater than the size of a pencil eraser when diagnosed, but they can be smaller.

E) Evolving
A mole or dark spot that looks unusual or is changing in size, shape or color.

As a note, not all melanomas will look like moles but may appear to be a bruise or spot that doesn’t heal.

Early detection remains the best way to fight melanoma. Patients whose melanoma is treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes or other organs have a five-year survival rate of 99 percent. This drops to 63 percent when the disease spreads to the lymph nodes and other nearby organs and 20 percent when it spreads to distant organs according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

It is recommended that everyone perform regular skin self-exams. Prevention is the best form of medicine. So this May, add a healthy dose of sunscreen to your skin.

Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology

Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology

Dr. Corinne Howington, of Low Country Dermatology, is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. For more information, call (912) 354-1018or visit www.lcderm.com.