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Ga. health rankings: Bartow County

Ga. health rankings: Bartow 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.

Bartow is Georgia's 63rd healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 62nd for quality of life, 49th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 51st for clinical care, 50th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 98th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Bartow County:

Cartersville Medical Center to offer free oral cancer screenings

Cartersville Medical Center to offer free oral cancer screenings

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Cartersville Medical Center will offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings early next month.

Local doctors will perform the screenings on Friday, Apr. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the hospital's Hope Center.

Last year, more than 100,000 Americans were diagnosed with head and neck cancers, according to Cartersville Medical Center. Warning signs include mouth sores that don't heal, persistent mouth pain, difficulty chewing and swallowing, a sore throat, and changes in the voice. Many patients do not recognize the symptoms until it is too late.

Visit cartersvillemedical.com for more information.

Cartersville Medical Center is located at 960 Joe Frank Harris Parkway.

Cartersville Medical Center to offer free oral cancer screenings

Cartersville Medical Center to offer free oral cancer screenings

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The Hope Center at Cartersville Medical Center will provide free oral, head and neck cancer screenings next month.

Local doctors will screen patients on Friday, Sept. 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The test is simple and only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

According to Cartersville Medical Center, about 13,000 people die of oral, head and neck cancers every year. The diseases do not often carry obvious symptoms, which makes screenings even more important.

Potential warning signs of oral cancer include mouth sores that don't heal, difficulty chewing or swallowing, a persistent sore throat and changes in the voice.

Smokers are at greatest risk for oral cancers, but cases are also on the rise in young people, due in part to the increase of the human papillomavirus.

Cartersville Medical Center is located at 960 Joe Frank Harris Parkway.

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."

Cartersville Medical Center to allow online record access

Cartersville Medical Center to allow online record access

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Cartersville Medical Center is making it easier than ever for patients to access their records.

Discharge summaries, lab results, radiology reports and visit histories can now be accessed on the medical center's website.

"This is an important step for Cartersville Medical Center. It allows patients to access their information when they need it, and enrollment is easy and convenient," Brad Treglown, director of the center's information services, said in a release.

The medical center said its new portal is private and passwords are encrypted. The website times out when a patient leaves it open and unattended.

Visit cartersvillemedical.com/patient-portal to check out the new portal.

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.