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ALBANY -- The Dougherty County Health Department will host a free conference for women "Sounding the Alarm," at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Dougherty County Health Department, 1710 South Slappey Blvd.

Four issues will be discussed during the forum: self-defense, during which a local martial arts expert will focus on techniques women can use in various situations; domestic violence, will consist of a panel made up of victims and representatives from Haven of Hope and Liberty House; child abuse, will include a representative from the Dougherty District Attorney's office and Dr. Teshaunda Hannor-Walker, president of Prevent Child Abuse-Dougherty County; and cardiovascular disease, which will feature guest speaker Dr. Marla Black Morgan, a physician with Phoebe Neurology Associates. Dr. Morgan's area of expertise is the cerebral effect of cardiovascular disease.

"Sometimes, women are so used to being the care-givers in the family that they forget to take care of themselves," said Vamella Lovett, Dougherty County Health Department adult health program supervisor. "Other times they are caught up in abusive situations that they can't recognize are unhealthy."

The event is free and open to the public. Heart-healthy snacks and a lunch will be provided. The event is also sponsored by the Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Free pedometers will be given to cardiovascular disease participants.

Contact Carla Hall at (229) 312-4375 or, or call (229) 430-6230 to register.