Saddleback therapy: Horses help with healing on Ga. farm
To those driving out of Watkinsville along State Route 53, farms and horses are a common sight. But hidden behind a wooden privacy fence adorned with painted butterflies is a nine-acre farm that is home to eight uncommon horses. The horses at Butterfly Dreams Farm, a nonprofit therapeutic horseback-riding... Read more
Georgia health officials prepare for potential Zika transmission
One square mile of a Miami neighborhood has become the ground zero of “locally transmitted’’ Zika virus cases in the continental United States. That’s the first area in the 50 states where a local mosquito has infected a person with the virus, which can cause catastrophic brain damage in... Read more
Family caregivers of military vets need their own support
Larry Barfield returned home to southwest Georgia from military duty in Iraq nine years ago. Barfield was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, a result of regular mortar attacks and what he witnessed as a Navy construction mechanic. His wife, Pam, 54, is his full-time caregiver, helping him cope with... Read more
Schools become the front lines in the battle against bullying
Jayvious Gilbert’s job isn’t easy. He’s a school nurse in an inner-city Atlanta neighborhood. Bullying among the students is a constant problem. “For the boys,” he says, “I can take them on a walk and try to help work things out. But the girls can be more verbal and personal — very mean to... Read more
Her favorite zombie: How games helped worker get healthy
When the president of her company announced plans for a team-building exercise through a computer program, Jane LaSalle had no idea it would lead to a significant weight loss for herself. Nor did LaSalle realize that it would accomplish what health-and-lifestyle gurus have been working on for years — behavioral... Read more

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