Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
November 1, 2007
Albany-- Ann Roberts works out like clockwork. "I'm coming three days a week now," she said. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the 62-year old and her 78-year old workout partner Rether Bryant head to the Jackson Heights Fitness and Wellness Center in east Albany. "My car heads this way," Roberts said with a laugh. Bryant said, "The more you come, the more you want to come. It makes you feel so good."
We met these two when we set up a health screening at the Albany Mall and gave folks a chance to take an online quiz to assess their risk of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. Some people were happy with the results. After she found out she's at low risk of having a heart attack, Ruth Settles said, "Yeah, I'm pretty healthy."
Beverly King found out she's also at low risk, but her husband Richard, who gets little exercise, is near the high risk category. "I wish I could get him to walk with me. That would be great cause I do like to walk, and I think he would," Beverly said.
Jermaine Power is only 23 and was shocked to learn his blood pressure is high. "Very surprising. I got to check on that," he said.
Wesley Webb is at moderate to high risk for a heart attack, mainly because he smokes. He said, "It's hard. It's the hardest thing to put down. I'm not a chain smoker, but it's hard to quit."
The test showed Kenneth Richardson's diabetes and high blood pressure put him at high risk, and he knows he needs to exercise to get healthier. "That's where I'm failing now," he said.
Cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Hoopes says that test gives you a pretty good guideline and shows you what risk factors you can control. "Stopping smoking, keeping your weight controlled, and exercise not only will help people avoid heart disease, but I think they will feel better, and they will live a longer life." Dr. Hoopes says if you start eating better and start exercising, you can quickly make a dramatic difference in your health. "People need to realize that they have control over their health, and they really need to take some responsibility for it," Hoopes said.
Ann and Rether have been taking that responsibility for years. "Every since I was 25, I been trying to keep that weight down, and it makes you feel better," Bryant said. In addition to regular exercise, they make sure they eat right. Roberts said, "I try maybe to get five servings of fruits and vegetables in per day."
And it's paying off. The cardiac arrest test shows they're in good shape. "I want to live to be a ripe old age man," Bryant said. Roberts added, "I didn't get to 62 to leave here now. I want to be on Willard Scott's Smuckers Jelly jar. 100 or more." Watch out Willard. She's working out and working on reaching that goal.