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Ga. health rankings: Gwinnett County

Ga. health rankings: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Gwinnett is Georgia's 2nd healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 4th for quality of life, 7th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 32nd for clinical care, 15th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 142nd for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Gwinnett County:

Ga. SPCA to hold vaccination clinic this weekend

Ga. SPCA to hold vaccination clinic this weekend

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The Georgia SPCA will hold a low-cost vaccination clinic this weekend.

Pet owners are invited to bring their dogs and cats to the event on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The SPCA will offer $12 rabies, parvo, Bordatella and distemper vaccines, $25 heartworm and feline combo tests, $25 microchipping and $10 deworming.

Pets will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Dogs must be leashed, and cats should be in carriers.

The Georgia SPCA is located at 1175 Highway 23 in Suwanee.

Blood donation opportunities: Gwinnett County

Blood donation opportunities: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross needs blood donations and has provided healthy metro Atlanta residents with several opportunities to give.

Inclement weather and widespread flu have prevented many usual donors from giving, according to Red Cross spokesperson Kristen Stancil. Several blood drives will be held throughout the area this month to make up the difference.

The Red Cross especially needs blood types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in Gwinnett County:

Monday, Feb. 16
Duluth Donor Center, 3090 Premiere Parkway, Suite 500, Duluth
11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 16
McConnell Middle School, 550 Ozora Road, Loganville
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ga. SPCA to hold vaccination clinic

Ga. SPCA to hold vaccination clinic

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will hold another low-cost vaccination event this weekend.

Rabies shots for dogs and cats will be only $12, as will distemper, parvo and Bordatella vaccinations.

The clinic will also offer $25 microchipping, $25 canine heartworm tests, $10 deworming and $15 nail trimming.

Appointments are not necessary; pets will be treated on a first come, first served basis. The SPCA asks that all dogs be leashed and all cats be in carriers.

Visit georgiaspca.org for more information. The Georgia SPCA is located at 1175 Highway 23 NW in Suwanee.

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

ATLANTA -- The new year comes with many resolutions. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can actually be achieved from the ground up – in the garden!

To help gardeners of all levels welcome 2015 with more than just a bountiful harvest, Pike Nurseries offers the top three garden resolutions for a healthy, wholesome and nutritious New Year!

1. Improve Health with Houseplants

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."