By Eames Yates
June 22, 2013
Valdosta, GA -
The Lowndes County Civic Center hosted Valdosta's twelfth annual Public Health Awareness Day. The event was sponsored by the South Health District and shines a light on some crucial health risks including infant mortality, which as of 2008 has been a serious problem.
Lisa Jones is the Baby Luv Case Manager. "Our babies, African American women, we had a rate of sixteen point eight percent that were dying in Lowndes County. And the infant mortality rate, the numbers that we got for 2010 the numbers came down to ten point six."
A major part of that decline is thanks to Baby LUV or Lowndes Unique Victories which was started in 2008 from a grant that came from March of Dimes. They provide care and education to expecting mothers. But people were getting a lot more than education about pregnancy... like the dangers of tongue rings.
Eugene Rowell is a South Health District volunteer. He said "a lot of the times it chips your front teeth. And every person that I've seen that has one will have chipped or jagged front teeth. It's not good for your teeth. And also a lot of times it can come loose and you can swallow it while you're eating which is terrible for you."
This year's event drew hundreds of people from the community. Organizers hope each of them walked away having learned something new.