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Tips To Make Halloween More Inclusive

October 11, 2018

Some children can enjoy Halloween whether they are dressed as a goblin or a princess, but Halloween may not come as easily for other children. Trick-or-treating can be an overwhelming experience for children with a sensitive sensory system as they experience new sights, sounds, and behaviors.

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Bully Free Starts With Me: City Of Alexandria Recognizes National Bullying Prevention Month

October 11, 2018

In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month this October, Alexandria is hosting activities through the Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying. The purpose of the Campaign is to raise awareness about what bullying is, what to do about it, and how to prevent it.

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Virginia Tech Carilion School Of Medicine Pioneers New Ultrasound Technology In Classroom

October 9, 2018

Students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine are the first in the country to use portable ultrasound machines equipped with 12-lead EKG technology, which allows them to view images of the heart while also measuring its electrical activity through electrodes attached to the body.

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Health Officials Warn Of Increased Risk Of West Nile Virus Transmission In Virginia

October 5, 2018

As of Oct. 1, the Virginia Department of Health has identified a record number of human West Nile virus cases.  VDH has received reports of WNV from multiple regions of the state for a combined total of 38 human cases in 2018.

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State Health Officials Urge Virginians To Get Flu Vaccine

October 4, 2018

With the 2018-2019 flu season officially underway, the Virginia Department of Health encourages all people in Virginia six months and older to receive their annual influenza vaccine. Flu season, the period of highest influenza activity, normally begins in early October and ends in late May.

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Virginia Launches $6 Million Contraceptive Initiative

October 3, 2018

Virginians now have greater access to family planning options. October launches the beginning of Virginia’s long-acting reversible contraceptives initiative. Up to $6 million will be awarded to one dozen qualified health care providers to provide LARCs to patients through May 2020.

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Alexandria Teens Invited To Join The Student Health Advisory Board

October 2, 2018

The Alexandria Health Department is launching a program for teens interested in the health issues affecting their communities, including nutrition, transportation, sexual health, gun violence, mental health, and more. Teenagers living in Alexandria are encouraged to join the board, run for leadership positions, and learn more about public health.

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Justice Department Awarding Almost $320 Million To Combat Opioid Crisis

October 2, 2018

On Oct. 1, the first day of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, the Department of Justice announced it is awarding almost $320 million to combat the opioid crisis in America. The funding will directly help those most impacted by the deadliest drug crisis in American history, including crime victims, children, families, and first responders.

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Updated Advisory – Harmful Algae Bloom Occurring On Pamunkey And North Anna Branches And Fisherman’s Cove – Lake Anna In Orange, Louisa And Spotsylvania Counties

October 1, 2018

Locations within Lake Anna in Orange, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties continue to experience a harmful algae bloom.

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ACPS Leads Discussion On Capitol Hill Around Keeping Students Healthy

October 1, 2018

Last Tuesday, senior staff from Alexandria City Public Schools took part in a congressional panel discussion around the need to support health and wellness as well as training around mental health needs in public schools.

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