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In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
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The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
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A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
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Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
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The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
July 24, 2007
Albany--When it comes to being healthy, Georgia almost ranks dead last. A recent study by The CalorieLab shows Georgia is the twelfth fattest state in the country with nearly 63% of the population overweight or obese.
Children in Georgia are facing similar overweight problems. The Georgia Department of Human Resources found that thirteen percent of middle school students are already overweight.
And unfortunately, those numbers aren't improving as kids get older.
Obesity among children is a growing problem especially in the south.
"I want stay fit and stay in shape now before it's too late," says 16-year-old Christopher Frazier. He stays active in order to keep from packing on the pounds.
"Most of the time, I go outside and play with my brothers and sisters. We'll ride our bicycles and then we'll play football with our mama and daddy," says Frazier.
But most kids aren't nearly as active as Frazier.
"There are so many more things in a child's life than there were fifteen, twenty years ago. There's television, computers, the Internet, Xbox. There's so many other distractions that kids just don't go out and play like they used to," says Albany Director of Recreation, Suzanne Davis. She says the lack of exercise increases a child's chance of becoming obese later in life.
"Childhood obesity is such a huge issue that it's just important to stress the importance of fitness and health in youth," says Davis.
Something Frazier has caught on early.
"You getting out there and playing and stuff is going to burn fat," says Frazier.
More than two million people in Georgia are considered obese. Not wanting to be another statistic, Frazier continues to exercise regularly because he knows:
"It's good for you," he says.
More than two billion dollars is spent on obesity-related illnesses each year in Georgia.
A study by the Georgia Department of Human Resources also revealed that children from rural areas are more likely to be obese than children from metropolitan areas.
That same study also found that one in four Georgia third graders were obese--that's almost five times the percentage of obese third graders in the US.