Category: awareness month

The Center for a Sustainable Coast’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Center for a Sustainable Coast’s 20th-Anniversary Celebration Features Renowned Environmental Economist as Keynote Speaker

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Center for a Sustainable Coast will host their 20th-anniversary conference on Saturday, June 17, to celebrate their continued efforts in protecting Georgia’s coast. The program will include a retrospective of Georgia’s coastal issues and a discussion about the profound challenges that lie ahead.

The 20th-anniversary event will take place at 5 p.m. at the DeSoto Hilton of Savannah, 15 E. Liberty St. General admission is $20 and includes a buffet dinner. The Center for a Sustainable Coast encourages guests to RSVP in advance by phone at 912-506-5088 or email at

Since its opening in 1997, the Center for a Sustainable Coast’s board and staff have defended the public’s interest on a variety of topics including protecting water quality, tidal marshes, wildlife, and ocean shorelines. The Center for a Sustainable Coast was also an active member of the “Push Back the Pipeline” collaboration in coastal Georgia.

The Center was awarded the Sapelo Foundation’s “Smith Bagley Advocacy Grant Award” in 2016 and was the 2007 recipient of the Common Cause Freedom Award for leadership in coastal marsh protection. The organization also co-founded the Coal Ash Legal Fund to campaign against high-risk landfill disposal of millions of tons of cancer-causing coal ash near the Altamaha River.

“The Center is proud of our record but difficult challenges remain,” said Steve Willis, board president. “We’re continually striving to accomplish more by keeping the public informed and involved in pivotal coastal issues.”

Professor Geoffrey Heal of Columbia University will be featured as the keynote speaker. He will discuss how neglecting nature threatens our prosperity. An open discussion will follow his address. Heal believes the only way to achieve long-term economic prosperity is to protect the environment.

Geoffrey Heal, Keynote Speaker for The Center for a Sustainable Coast

Geoffrey Heal

“If we want to survive and move forward as a nation and as a world, we have to recognize how the environment and the economy interact and how they can work in harmony,” Heal said. “I like to start out with a simple picture of our reliance on the planet, help my listeners visualize the larger problem at hand and give my audience an outline of solutions that will lead us in the right direction.”

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The Center for a Sustainable Coast was formed in 1997 by a group of public-spirited environmental professionals and concerned citizens. The Center’s mission is advocating responsible decisions that sustain coastal Georgia’s environment and quality of life. The organization seeks to improve our region’s ability to resolve key issues affecting the health and diversity of natural, cultural and economic resources by educating the public, using research, advocacy, training, technical assistance and – when needed – taking legal action. The Center for a Sustainable Coast also helped launch two of the region’s Riverkeeper groups. Visit and for more information.

Geoffrey Heal is noted for contributions to economic theory and resource and environmental economics. He holds bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Cambridge University and an honorary doctorate from the Universite´ de Paris Dauphine.

He is the author of 18 books and about two hundred articles and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, past president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, recipient of its prize for publications of enduring quality and life fellow, a director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a founder, director and chairman of the board of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations and a member of the economic advisory board of the Environmental Defense Fund.

Heal chaired a committee of the National Academy of Sciences on valuing ecosystem services, was a commissioner of the Pew Oceans Commission, an IPCC coordinating lead author for the fifth assessment report, a member of President Sarkozy’s Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress and of the advisory board for the World Bank’s 2010 World Development Report and UNEP’s 2011 Human Development Report.

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Deterring Tooth Decay: The Facts Behind Cavities and Sugar

Deterring Tooth Decay: The Facts Behind Cavities and Sugar
By Angela Canfield DDS

Angela Canfield, DDS

Angela Canfield, DDS

Tooth decay is actually one of the most common non-infectious diseases in the world. Many parents know at sugar intake is linked to cavities, but most don’t understand the science behind it.

Looking at public health records, researchers from University College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that, in America, tooth decay from sugar was far too high. About 60 to 90% of school-age children and 92% of adults in the U.S. have experienced tooth decay.

Now, as shocking as this may seem, sugar does not directly break down tooth enamel. Sugars found in candy and sweets are known as ‘simple sugars’, which are immediately consumed by the body. So how is it that sugar is the reputation for causing cavities?

Unfortunately, when you enjoy a sugary treat, there is a special kind of bacteria that responds, called streptococcus mutans. This bacteria actively breaks down the sugar, converting it to acid. The acid, in turn, can eat away the enamel on teeth.

Now more than ever, kids are faced with a bewildering array of food choices that include over-processed and sugar-laden convenience meals and snack foods, and many are consuming foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than ever before. For example, the average teenage boy in the U.S. consumes 81 gallons of soft drinks each year.

Snacking throughout the day can really speed up the tooth decaying process. When sugar is consumed over and over again in large, often hidden amounts, the harmful effect on teeth can be dramatic. It’s important to be very mindful with your snacking, and always check the nutritional value of the item.

When and what children eat may affect not only their general health but also their dental health.

So, how do you stop these acids? Well, the combined forces of brushing and flossing are still the best methods for removing harmful bacteria and acid over your teeth. It’s important to start educating your child as early as possible on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay and to discuss proper brushing and flossing techniques.

To access free online resources that can help with teaching children about good oral health, visit

Angela Canfield, DDS, is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, Ga., and Sandfly Family Dental in Savannah, Ga. Contact Dr. Canfield at or 912-826-4037.

Melanoma, Take a Hike! Skin Cancer Awareness Excursion with Low Country Dermatology

Melanoma, Take a Hike! Skin Cancer Awareness Excursion with Low Country Dermatology Held at Skidaway Island State Park Benefiting Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of Melanoma Awareness Month, Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology lead a skin cancer awareness excursion — “Melanoma, Take a Hike!” — at Skidaway Island State Park.

Howington and her staff led a short hike along the park’s scenic trails, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma and taking questions. The hike was originally planned to span 3-miles, but was shortened due to inclement weather issues.

Melanoma Take a Hike Skin Cancer Expedition with Low Country Dermatology

Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology and her staff lead a three-mile hike for skin cancer awareness at Skidaway Island State Park, sharing facts and prevention techniques for melanoma. Pictured: Left to right front row: Sherri Spellman; Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology; Skylar Lanier; Sherry Williams; Cecilia Russo Turner; and Elizabeth Brennan; Low Country Dermatology Physician Assistant. Left to right back row: John Spellman; Elise Spellman; Kelli Hartley, Low Country Dermatology office manager; Roz Hager; Megan Haubein; Heather Haubein; Bobby Haubein and Josh Hodnett.

National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month, designated by the American Academy of Dermatology, is celebrated in May to raise awareness of the risk of skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection.

“For those of us who live along the southern coastline, staying out of the sun is often not practical or desirable,” Howington said. “It’s important for everyone to learn some simple but essential ways to protect their skin from the sun’s dangerous UV rays before they and their family head off to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She and her staff gave participants SPF30 sunscreen, which has been shown to prevent the onset of some types of skin cancer.

Proceeds from the event are benefiting the Curtis & Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute in Savannah. More information for Melanoma, Take a Hike! Skin Cancer Awareness Excursion with Low Country Dermatology can be found at

Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit

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LDSS Night of Champions 2017 Recipients

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Honors 2017 Champions at Annual Gala

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) recognized five outstanding individuals and their employers during the organization’s eighth Annual Night of Champions gala, held Thursday, May 11 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Savannah.

The organization’s 2017 Champions are adult workers who demonstrate exemplary dedication and commitment as employees and are recognized as integral team members at their places of work.

The awards went to:

“By living to their fullest potentials, the LDSS Champions are advocates for themselves and others with Down syndrome or other cognitive or developmental challenges, proving themselves truly able,” said the 2017 Night of Champions chairwoman, Allyson Harvin. “Each year, we recognize those Champions who, through their paid or unpaid work, bring about a greater public awareness and understanding of people with Down syndrome and all differently-abled adults.”

The President of LDSS, Candy Bogardus presented the President’s Award to Bonnie Rachael, founder and CEO of Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center. Located in Guyton, Georgia, Faith Equestrian began back in 2006 with the mission of, “We exist to improve the lives of individuals with different abilities through the power of the horse.” The center now has 12 horses, a donkey, and offers two primary programs, the Therapeutic Riding program and the EFL Program. For more information on the Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center, visit

Over 600 Savannah area business leaders, employees and advocates attended the event. The National Down Syndrome Society’s Chief of Staff delivered welcoming remarks and Savannah’s own Jamie Deen, TV personality and best-selling cookbook author, served as master of ceremonies. Deen, who sits on the LDSS Board, is a strong advocate for hiring individuals with Down syndrome and other different abilities.

2017 Night of Champions Attendees

2017 Night of Champions Attendees


NICHOLAS BROWN came to the Savannah International Airport in 2014 and worked in the airport terminal before he was offered a job as a groundskeeper. His supervisor, George Miller, says Brown demonstrates commitment, dedication, personal care and pride in his work. He also has been recognized by WTOC as a Community Champion.

MACKENZIE HANCOCK has worked for Polka Dots Gifts & Accessories for the past year. Hancock has several tasks that she does regularly but is always willing to try something new. Her manager, Jackie Pickering, says Hancock comes to work happily, has an enthusiastic personality and does whatever she is asked to do. Her coworkers say she is incredibly funny, caring, kind and loving and is personable with staff and customers.

GEORGE GATES has worked as a custodian with Goodwill Southeast Georgia for 15 years. He greets his co-workers with a smile, a sincere “hello” and his signature hug. His supervisor, Runella Black, says Gates comes to work early and never hesitates to work late if the facility is short-staffed. He impresses others with his work ethic, compassion, friendly personality and ability to work well under pressure. He demonstrates superlative customer service and enjoys speaking (and taking pictures) with the various dignitaries who tour the building. He also loves sharing his success story of how Goodwill has impacted his life.

DENNIS PICKETT has been employed as a warehouse team member with for eight months. His employment specialist, Alina Rickards, says Dennis volunteered in the cafeteria while he still was in school and expressed a desire to become part of the workforce. After completing a job assessment, Pickett joined the warehouse team.

BRENTON SCOTT has been on the team at Coastal Pet Rescue for a year. His supervisor, Jennifer Taylor, and the facility’s director, Lisa Scarborough say Scott’s family had spent several years trying to find a place where the young man could work on developing his independence. He first was teamed with a senior volunteer to work one day a week in the kennels to provide proper diets, perform all sanitary cleaning and make sure the dogs got daily exercise. After about four months, he started joining coworkers on weekends to attend adoption events to promote the dogs he cared for and to help them find new homes.

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Night of Champions 2017

Jamie Deen, Jennifer Taylor, and Brenton Scott

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. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit Find LDSS on Twitter at @LowcountryDSS.

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4th Annual Movement in the Park on Sunday, May 21

Dawn Baker and Fleet Feet Sports Savannah
Present Movement in the Park
Zumba, Walk, Run, Dance! It doesn’t matter how you move … just move!

Join the fourth annual “Movement in the Park,” a health and wellness fair for all ages on Sunday, May 21, 2 – 5 p.m. in Forsyth Park.

Participants may take part in the “Dawning of a Miracle Mile” (a one mile walk/run), Zumba, line dancing, activities for kids, health screenings, vendors, refreshments, fun and more.

movement in the park sponsor, Dawn Baker

Dawn Baker
Author and News Anchor

Sponsored by news anchor and author Dawn Baker and Fleet Feet Sports Savannah, the health and wellness fair benefits Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy, which provides life-changing programs, activities and experiences for young women to help them become more successful in their personal and professional lives. The leadership academy is open to high school sophomores and juniors in Chatham, Bryan and Liberty Counties. A suggested donation for “Movement in the Park Health and Wellness Fair” is $10 for adults and $1 for students. For questions or additional information, please call (912) 232-6048 or (912) 721-7388. You may also email us at:

Contact: Lula L. Baker, Public Relations Manager
Phone: 912-232-6048 or (912) 721-7388

2016 Big Wigs Cecilia Russo and Brynn Grant Announce “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Fundraising Weekend

2016 Big Wigs Cecilia Russo and Brynn Grant Announce “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Fundraising Weekend
Savannah Business Women Pledged to Raise Thousands for Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia Foundation

(Savannah, GA) Cecilia Russo, president of Cecilia Russo Marketing, and Brynn Grant, vice president of World Trade Center Savannah and Chief Operations Officer of SEDA, will host a “Let’s Tackle Breast Cancer” Football Weekend to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Susan G. Komen of Coastal Georgia Foundation.

The festivities kick off Friday, October 14 at the Benedictine Military School Homecoming game beginning at 7:30 p.m. BC will play the Toombs County football team at the T.A. Wright Stadium at Savannah State University.

On Saturday, October 15, Russo and Grant will host an event at Tubby’s Tank House, 2909 River Dr., beginning at 3:30 p.m. for the University of Georgia vs. Vanderbilt game.

On Sunday, October 16, our pink-wigged ladies will be at Coaches Corner, 2016 E Victory Drive, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the NFL games.

Each of these events is free and open to the public; suggested donations are at your discretion. Participants will have the opportunity to enter for raffle prizes at each of the events. Prizes include a flat screen TV donated by Port City Powerwash, an NFL Jersey from Coaches Corner, as well as gift cards to Baracuda Bob’s, Pirate’s House, the Exchange and Pearl’s Salt Water Grille donated by Turner Food and Spirits Company. All prizes will be awarded at Coach’s Corner on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Russo and Grant are participants of the 2016 BIGWIG competition hosted by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They along with 8 other community leaders have pledged to raise donations to help fund research and programs to find a cure for breast cancer.

“I am honored to participate in the 2016 BIGWIG competition in an effort to help put an end to this terrible disease,” said Russo. “I am beyond thankful to those who have supported this endeavor thus far and hope this weekend will aid in surpassing my personal fundraising goal.”

For more information, visit

View Russo’s BigWig page at

View Grant’s BigWig page at

About Susan G. Komen
The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. Up to 75 percent of the Affiliate’s net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. The remaining net income (a minimum of 25 percent) supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.

The Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate’s services area covers all of Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties.  Thanks to the thousands of people who participant in the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Race for the Cure® and other Affiliate events each year, dedicated corporate partners and generous donors, Komen Coastal Georgia is playing a vital role in fighting breast cancer in our community.

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Savannah Surgery Center Offers Free P.A.D. Screenings for Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month

Savannah Surgery Center Offers Free P.A.D. Screenings for Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month

(SAVANNAH, GA) In recognition of September being Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) awareness month, Savannah Surgery Center will once again be offering free screening days for those who may be at-risk of the disease. The screenings will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m on Friday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 30 at the Savannah Surgery Center, located at 5105 Paulsen St. Suite C-140. This is the third year Savannah Surgery Center has held this screening event for the public.

P.A.D affects about eight million Americans according to Life Line Screenings. Caused by a build-up of plaque or fatty deposits, P.A.D. is the narrowing of the arteries, which restricts blood flow. It is estimated that 1 in 3 diabetics over the age of 50 are suffering from this condition. An unfortunate consequence may be wound development requiring amputation.

This disease usually affects the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach. The symptoms of P.A.D. include leg pain, burning or aching in the calves or a wound in the foot or leg that won’t heal.

“Please keep in mind the severity of P.A.D. and the risk for an amputation. Blocked blood flow can cause gangrene, also known as tissue death, and in very serious cases, this can lead to leg amputation,” said Dr. Lee Yates, founder of Savannah Surgery Center. “The P.A.D. screening is a quick, non-invasive procedure called the ankle-brachial index (ABI) test, which measures blood pressure at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest. This simple screening can save you from having to lose a limb.”

P.A.D. is diagnosed based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam and diagnostic test results. A correct diagnosis is important because people who have P.A.D. are at higher risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), heart attacks, strokes and mini-strokes.

People who smoke or have diabetes have the greatest risk of developing P.A.D. due to reduced blood flow. Other risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increasing age, high levels of homocysteine, and a family history of peripheral artery disease, heart disease or stroke.

The free P.A.D. screenings will take place at the Savannah Surgery Center, located at 5105 Paulsen St. Suite C-140, on Friday, Sept. 16 and Friday, Sept. 30 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested but not required.

Researchers continue to explore new therapies for P.A.D. Although peripheral artery disease is potentially a life-threatening condition affecting one out of every 20 Americans over the age of 50, the good news is P.A.D. can be managed or even reversed with proper care.

To find out more information on the screenings, contact Lynn Anderson at 912.354.8331 or

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Savannah Surgery Center was founded by Dr. Lee Yates. The practice specializes in Vascular Surgery. He was named the Director of Vascular Surgery at St. Joseph’s Candler Health System in 2013. The practice has expanded to three locations: 5102 Paulsen Street Bldg 2, Savannah, GA; 5105 Paulsen Street Suite C 140, Savannah, GA.; and 105 Grand Central Blvd. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. For more information, visit

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