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Ga. House Bill 879: School Staff to Train in Diabetes Care

A bill is making its way through the Georgia House of Representatives that would require all public schools to have at least two personnel trained in diabetes care.

State House Bill 879 was drafted in response to rising percentages of students with Type 2 diabetes.  The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta says around 13 thousand people under 20 are diagnosed nationwide each year.

Under the bill, non-medical staff members would receive basic skills training to help them recognize diabetic emergencies and help administer medications and insulin to students.

On Eyewitness News Mornin' Wednesday, Stephanie Susskind and Randall Savage shared comments from Democratic State Representative James Beverly of Macon on why he supports the legislation. 

Peach County Health Summit Quarter I Meeting

Peach County Health Summit Quarter I Meeting

Join us for the Peach County Health Summit Quarter I meeting:

When: Friday, February 17th

Where: FVSU Agricultural Technology Conference Center (46 Camp John Hope Road, Fort Valley, GA)

Time: 1 PM - 3 PM

Heart Fest 2012

February marks American Heart Month.

Georgia Heart Center Director Suellen Richardson shares more information about Heart Fest 2012, the month-long education campaign on heart health.

Central Georgians Asked to Help With Cancer Study

The American Cancer Society is asking for your help to volunteer for a new, nationwide cancer study. Bibb County ranks significantly higher than the state's average in cancer cases, and the American Cancer Society estimates close to 4000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in the county this year.

Mayor Robert Reichert and several other officials from Macon and Warner Robins pledged their support for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study 3.

The study is the third in their Cancer Prevention Series and will help researchers understand lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

Anyone between the ages of 30-65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer can participate. The study requires a one-time blood sample and a lifetime commitment, but American Cancer Society's, Molly Herrin says it's easier than it sounds.

Where To Go: National Pill Take-Back Day

Where To Go: National Pill Take-Back Day

On Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time, Americans will be able to drop off their expired, unused, and unwanted pills at sites across the country free of charge, no questions asked.  By doing so, they will be helping prevent drug abuse and theft.   

It's all part of the Third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a Drug Enforcement Administration news release says.

Here is where you can go locally to drop off your pills:

Community Health Works Summit November 1

The Central Georgia Health Summit November 1 will bring together seven Central Georgia counties to focus on the pursuit of health and wellness in the school, workplace and community. 

Coordinated by Community Health Works, the summit is free and open to the public. The event features a keynote speaker from the Center for Disease Control and Food Network host Ellie Krieger, who will demonstrate how to cook healthier versions of classic holiday favorites. 

Healthcare professionals will also perform free wellness screenings at a variety of booths.

The summit starts at 8 a.m. at the Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center in Macon.  Register at www.cgrhs.org or call 478-254-5208.

Chili Fest: Taste and Judge This Weekend

Chili Fest: Taste and Judge This Weekend

The Battle of Byron Chili Fest is here this Saturday!

From 2-9 p.m. at  Jailhouse Park in Downtown Byron, you can pay $5 to taste (and judge) all the chili during the cookoff!

Registration to compete in the cook off has been extended until October 19. 

The cookoff is from 3-4 p.m.

Winners take home cash.

Entertainment includes Southern Nites Band & DJ Tiger Smith.

There will also be a JAIL n BAIL for the FUN of it.

Jail n Bail is where you can have a friend locked up for $2.

You'll find egg roll contests, pumpkin-coloring for kids, three-legged races, sack races, cake walks, banana relays, musical chairs, egg toss, pie in your face, arts & crafts, food vendors, and much more!

$10 registration fee for Battle of Byron IDOL.

Karaoke contest begins at 5 p.m.

The winner takes home $50.