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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

March 8, 2006

Tifton - Studies show that obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers. Cancers that are often hard to treat. But money raised for relay for life goes toward research to develop new treatments against the often fatal disease, and some folks in Tifton are doing all they can to avoid getting the disease while helping others through it.

"They tell me if you hadn't put this competition on I would still be fat and still be miserable and I would be more apt to have heart disease," says Cindy Spurlin, an Exercise Physiologist. She sparked The Biggest Loser, Tifton style, after watching the show right here on NBC.

Spurlin says, "I thought it would give people a competitive avenue around New Years to lose weight." And at the same time, raise money for Relay for Life, to help fight cancer.

For phase I, 193 people signed up to compete. Together, they lost close to a ton of weight, 1,849 pounds, an average of 9.68 pounds per person in less than eight weeks. Sommer Dunston lost just a slight bit more. She says, "I did phase I of biggest loser and lost ten pounds on it, so I decided to go ahead and do phase II because I have a little bit more to lose."

But there's more to the competition than the numbers on the scale. Sommer says, "Your pants fit a little bit better and you feel a little better about yourself." And besides that, she says, "What have you got to lose beside a little weight?"

And who doesn't want to gain some extra cash? The money raised by the $20 entry fee will be split. Half goes to Relay for Life and half to the Biggest Loser.

Sign up for Phase II of the biggest loser is underway. Organizers say 140 people have signed up so far, they would like to have 200 people participate. The deadline to register is Friday, March 10th. The winner will be announced at Relay for life on April 28th.

Want to join the team? Contact Cindy Spurlin at Rehabilitation Services of Tifton at 229-386-5200.

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