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Type O negative blood supply extremely low

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) - The summer months are always tough for the Red Cross.  Fewer donors are giving because of summer vacations and with schools on break there's fewer drives, but recently the Red Cross has reached a critical low for a certain blood type.

Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.  

The statistics are startling.  Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.

Poll shows majority want smoke free parks

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Guilford Heart and Stroke walk raises big money

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) - Nearly 4,000 Guilford County residents participated in the 2011 Start! Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk on Saturday, raising more than 270,000 dollars for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. 

Money for the cause will continue to be collected through June 30 in effort to reach the goal of 320,000 dollars.

Guilford County resident, Bud Lowers received the American Heart Association’s Start! Lifestyle Change Award.  Lowers lost 130 lbs. by eating healthier and exercising.  He joined a gym, did cardio and weight training.

NC Health Organizations endorse Tobacco Free Parks

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) - The North Carolina Pediatric Society, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, NC Prevention Partners and North Carolina Alliance for Health have endorsed Cone Health Foundation’s efforts to make city parks in Greensboro tobacco free.

“Gaining the endorsement of these groups is the gold standard for public health initiatives in North Carolina,” Susan Shumaker, Cone Health Foundation President, said.  “They recognize that advocating for the end of exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke in Greensboro parks will improve the public’s health.

Greensboro Ministry Raises $25,000 for the Hungry

Greensboro Ministry Raises $25,000 for the Hungry

The Greensboro Urban Ministry Potter's House Community Kitchen raised $25,000 from area residents eating out Tuesday, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

More than 100 restaurants participated in "Serving Greensboro Together," and donated 10 percent of their sales to the community kitchen, the paper reported.

Proceeds from the event will be used by the kitchen to help feed the hungry, according to the paper.

Potter’s House reportedly feeds between 450 and 500 people a day.

Greensboro Urban Ministry expects that number will increase to about 600 during summer months when schools are out.

Source: The Greensboro New & Record.

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Free class on fertility treatments

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) - The Women's Hospital of Greensboro is offering a free class on the latest options for treating infertility.  Each class member will also receive an appointment for a free fertility consultation.

“Fertility Treatment: the latest options” will be held on Wednesday, April 20, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Women’s Education Center of The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro.

Estimates are that 10 percent to 15 percent of couples in the United States have trouble conceiving. The causes can be in either partner and can be the result of a single problem or a combination of factors. With the advances in fertility treatments, it is possible to overcome many of these obstacles.

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Family Learning Event Takes Place Saturday

Family Learning Event Takes Place Saturday

A family learning event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith High School at 2407 S. Holden Road, Greensboro.

Healthy activities, speakers, wholesome food, health screenings, giveaways and prizes to promote family health are included, according to a press release.

The Guilford Parent Academy is hosting the free event.

The organization provides free resources to parents to enhance student learning, according to a press release.

They have served more than 1,200 parents since January, the press release stated.

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