Monday, May 20 2013 2:25 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:25:47 GMT
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting. Robert Skinner, the NYSP director, outlined the program's services,More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners unanimously denied a $15,000 for the National Youth Sports Program during Monday's Commission meeting.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:15:09 GMT
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer involved shooting in Lakeland. Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents areMore >>
Saturday night around 9:00, 42-year-old Tim Blanton was shot at 196 North Highway 135. GBI agents are investigating two officers who were involved, a Lanier Co. Sheriff's deputy and a GSP trooper.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
December 20, 2007
Valdosta - Would you like to be rewarded simply for being healthy?
State Senator Tim Golden thinks you should be. "We reward people with a good driving record, for not smoking, on the drugs free work program we award people for having a drug free workplace so why not do the same thing for healthcare."
Senator Golden is teaming up with the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce and Partnership for Health to make it happen through a wellness pilot program they hope will motivate Georgians to live healthy.
And reward them for it. "The pilot program will showcase best practices and prevention, disease management, technology incentives and consumer education," says Brian Stadsvold, with the Chamber of Commerce.
Golden believes the program will also decrease health care costs.
"Anything we can do to reduce health insurance costs means we can cover more people. The more people we cover means we can drop the uninsured rates in Georgia and alleviate some of the pain on hospitals."
He hopes to begin the program in Valdosta and other communities to prove it works. "We really think we can prove the date by doing this for a couple of years, gather the data an prove to insurance companies and cities that we can set up a program rewarding people for a healthy lifestyle will actually reduce the cost of health insurance," he says.
He then wants to initiate it statewide so all Georgians can be rewarded for getting fit.
Golden plans to introduce the plan during the upcoming General Assembly session.