Alzheimer’s Deaths Rising Rapidly in Georgia
According to a new study published by the Alzheimer’s Association the death toll from the memory robbing disease in Georgia is rising rapidly, and at a pace that is higher than the national average. And according to experts, thanks in part to the state’s aging population the situation may only get worse. Read More
State Senate Approves Committee on Behavioral Health
A Senate committee voted Wednesday in favor of a bill to create a state commission to analyze Georgia’s behavioral health services and recommend improvements.
The measure enjoyed bipartisan support Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), lead sponsor of the bill said that while great progress has been made in the area over the last decade, much more still needs to be done. The rising suicide rates among Georgia youths; the high dropout rate for teenagers with mental health issues; shortages of providers; challenges faced by the homeless; and the burden of mental health services on jails across the state are all issues Tanner says the committee will be seeking to address. Read More
Macon Pedestrian Deaths Continue to Increase As Committee Steps Up Efforts to Decrease the Problem
Macon leads the state, and ‘scores’ high in the nation, in pedestrian deaths. A committee that was formed four years ago to investigate the problem, led by Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas, is now stepping up its efforts even further, as new challenges have emerged that do not relate to the heavy traffic patterns in the area, including increased distracted cell phone use by both pedestrians and drivers and the increase in the number of light trucks on the road. Read More
Registration Opens for AJC Peachtree Road Race
2019 marks the 50th time that thousands of people, both from Atlanta and across the rest of the State of Georgia, along with keen road runners from across the globe will gather to make their way through the heat and traffic to compete in the now iconic 10K AJC Peachtree Road Race.
Competition for places in the race actually gets tougher every year. Both track club members and the general public can apply, but there are only 60,000 spots. That sounds like a lot, but in a testament to how seriously many Georgians now take the race – and their health in general – those spots go very fast. Read More