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New Health Care Law Requires Most Insurers to Tackle Obesity

By Nancy Hellmich, USA TODAY

Leadership Dodge Focuses on Economic Impact of Healthcare

Leadership Dodge Focuses on Economic Impact of Healthcare

On June 11, 2013, Leadership Dodge held their session focusing on the economic impact of healthcare in Dodge County. Hosted and coordinated by Dodge County Hospital, the session discussed the importance of community support for the continual growth and financial stability of the hospital in relation to the economic development and growth of Dodge County. 

Freddie Dwozan, CEO of I.V. Care Options, Hospice Care Options, Inc., Medical Center Prescription Shop, and D&B Home Care, Inc. presented participants with an overall view of each of his companies’ operations and his passion for helping people heal. Dwozan described the origins of Camp Good Grief, a camp dedicated to helping children cope with grief following a loss in their lives. Funded by The Hospice Care Options Foundation, Camp Good Grief operates across southern Georgia, and the foundation also distributes “Brookie Bears” to grieving children to comfort them.

Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Bleckley County's minority population has reached 30.5 percent, Pulaski County has reached 37 percent and Dodge's minority population ahs reached 34.7 percent, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research. That is the percentage of the population in the county who is another ethnicity other than white non-hispanic.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)

Georgia Prostate Coalition Seeks to Raise Awareness of Cancer

"The survivors have the greatest passion," former 13WMAZ anchor Bill Buckley says of getting the word out about prostate cancer prevention.

Bleckley Primary School To Participate in Healthy Lunch Program

Bleckley Primary School To Participate in Healthy Lunch Program

Bleckley County Primary School will Participate in the Feed My School For A Week program May 6-10.  A news release states that 100 percent of one lunch menu option will come from Georgia Grown (from local farmers) food.  The pilot program, a cooperative effort between the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Department of Education, is designed to help provide local, healthy, food options for school lunch menus.

Bleckley Elementary School participated in the inanugral event last year.  To learn more about Feed My School, contact Bleckley Schools Nutrtion Director Dr. Kathy C. Peavy at kpeavy@bleckley.k12.ga.us   To view next week's menu, click here.

Tim Tebow's Mother to Speak at Dublin Church

Tim Tebow's Mother to Speak at Dublin Church

NFL star Tim Tebow's mother Pam Tebow is scheduled to speak at a Dublin church in May.

She speaks at First Baptist Church in Dublin on May 2 to benefit SAV-A-LIFE Ministry of Dublin.

Pick up free tickets at the following places:
-ABC Women's Clinic in Dublin
-Olive Branch in Dublin
-First Baptist Church in Dublin
-Cochran Eye Center in Cochran
-Piddlin Peddler-Eastman
-Jet Corporate Office- Sandersville

For more information, call 478-275-9455.

Earn-Ur-Stripes Visits Dodge Relay For Life

Earn-Ur-Stripes  Visits Dodge Relay For Life

Earn-Ur-Stripes was proud to be invited to the Relay for Life event in Eastman, GA on 26 April, 2013. EUS is a fun fitness challenge and free activity for all ages sponsored by The Greer Foundation to help promote fitness for kids. The Earn-Ur-Stripes wagon is a 5 x 12 trailer modified by the Dodge County High School Shop Boyz who installed a chin-up bar in the center.

The steel was donated by W.T. Howell & Sons located in Eastman, GA. The trailer is designed to be set-up at fairs, school outings, and ball fields across Georgia inspiring kids to get in shape and knock out a few chin ups. At each outing, Dr. Steve Greer, founder of The Greer Foundation, mounts the bar to set the base-line standard for a free TGF t-shirt and $100 cash prize.