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Macon & NCHD Promote Healthy Living

Macon & NCHD Promote Healthy Living

The month of September has officially been named Georgia SHAPE Month, and residents throughout Georgia are encouraged to get in SHAPE by participating in free or discounted events and programs throughout Georgia.  In support of Georgia SHAPE Month, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert is partnering with the North Central Health District (NCHD) to issue daily challenges to Middle Georgians during the month of September.

The NCHD and the Mayor’s Office will utilize Twitter and Facebook to issue daily challenges such as: exercise at least 10 minutes, no fried foods today, and drink 8 glasses of water.  The goal of the challenge is for Middle Georgians to begin to incorporate small, healthy changes that will eventually become lifelong habits.

Market Opens for Summer First Fridays

Market Opens for Summer First Fridays

The Downtown Vienna Market Days opens on the first Friday of June, July, August and September.

 

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

What Are Your Questions on the Supreme Court's Healthcare Decision?

The Supreme Court upheld the health care law today in a splintered, complex opinion that appears to give President Obama a major victory.

What questions remain in your mind regarding the Supreme Court's decision? 

We are working to explore how this affects you. 

Comment below in the Comment Section to share your thoughts.  

Red Cross in 'Emergency Need' for Blood Donations

The American Red Cross says they're at emergency levels in their blood supply.

According to a news release, nationwide they project 50,000 fewer donations in June than they expected.

The Central Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross says there are half as many blood products in inventory as there was this time last year.

They attribute that to unseasonably warm weather letting people start their summer activities earlier, and officials says people aren't taking to time to give blood and platelets.

The Red Cross says all blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B Negative and A negative.

Because of the shortage, the Red Cross is extending hours at donations center and encouraging all eligible donors to take time to give.

To make an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcross.org.

Vienna Man Dies After Farm Accident

Vienna Man Dies After Farm Accident

Vienna volunteer firefighter Lee Harris Jr. died Saturday after a farm accident sent him to the burn center in Augusta last week.

 

“He was a good firefighter. He was a farmer, he loved livestock and getting children involved in livestock, and he loved his family very much," Assistant Chief Kenny Calhoun of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department says.

"He leaves behind a father, mother, wife and 2 children, a son and daughter.“

His funeral will be on Tuesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. at Vienna First Baptist Church. (See Lee Harris Jr.'s full obituary here)

Lee Harris, Jr. was working on a piece of farm equipment Monday afternoon when he got sprayed with fuel and it ignited.

He was immediately rushed to the Medical Center of Central Georgia and then transported to the burn center in Augusta.

Vienna Man "Stable, but Critical" After Farm Accident

Vienna Man "Stable, but Critical" After Farm Accident

A Vienna volunteer firefighter is in "stable, but critical" condition after he was badly burned in a farm accident, Assistant Fire Chief Kenny Calhoun says.

Lee Harris, Jr. was working on a piece of farm equipment Monday afternoon when he got sprayed with fuel and it ignited.

He was immediately rushed to the Medical Center of Central Georgia and then transported to the burn center in Augusta.

Over 70 percent of his body was consumed.

Calhoun says the accident was not related to work with the fire department.

Macon County Tries to Climb Economic Ladder

Macon County fell at the bottom of the list for health and economic standards in a report by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

The company used their 'Power Ratings' to show a correlation between public health and economic vitality.

Macon County leaders say they have taken steps to climb back up the ladder.

Economic Development Director Jimmy Davis says, "Every community's got its challenges and companies understand that. If you told them everything was perfect, they wouldn't believe you anyway, but what they want to know is what are you doing to meet, what are you doing to correct that challenge."

According to Davis,  the county bought almost 130 acres of land last year to help grow the area's 14.7% unemployment rate.