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SPECIAL FOCUS: HEALTHY COMMUNITIES UGA Extension's Walk Georgia Offers County Governments a Free, Online Option for Worksite Wellness Nearly 200 of Georgia's county commissioners, administrators took part in the Wellness Walk at the 2014 ACCG Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration. By Kathryn Schiliro, Walk Georgia Editor Wellness Walk * Nearly 200 county commissioners, officials and administrators participated. * Distance was a near two-mile loop that started and ended on Savannah's River Street. * Preston Little, of Walton County, whose father, Kevin Little, is chairman of the Walton County Board of Commissioners and ACCG president, was the first to complete the Wellness Walk. * Area 4-H'ers assisted at the event. * Commissioners were also given pedometers at the start of the conference to track their steps throughout the entire conference, up to the conclusion of the Wellness Walk, and prizes were presented by ACCG based on who had the most steps. Wiley Grady, a Thomas County commissioner, won this award with more than 78,000 steps by the end of the walking event. SNEAKERS LACED AND pedometers clicking, commissioners and staff members from across Georgia's counties gathered in the pre-caffeinated hours of the morning on Savannah's River Street on Monday, April 14 to set an example for their varying constituencies. Nearly 200 of these county officials took to the city's downtown streets for a Wellness Walk - sponsored by UGA Extension's Walk Georgia as well as The Coca-Cola Foundation, ACCG and Local Government Risk Management Services- as part of the 2014 ACCG Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration, to encourage physical activity among Georgians. The nearly two miles under their feet at the conclusion of the event proved what these county-level officials set out to do: highlight the importance of physical activity, for themselves and all Georgians. "They're not just supporting people. They're getting out there and doing what they're supporting," said Marci Delcampo, an Effingham County 4-H member who volunteered to help at the Wellness Walk. "They're leaders. If they can do it, we can do it," said Anna Morris, another 4-H member, from Chatham County, who volunteered at the event. Georgia has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation, and the key to winning the fight against obesity in the state is local intervention, specifically at the county level, as that's as close to home as the message gets. Walk Georgia, UGA Extension's free, online program, is enabling state residents to take steps, literally, to improve their health. Based in communities through UGA Extension, Walk Georgia encourages physical activity among state residents of all ages. Run jointly by Extension and the UGA SUMMER 2014 31

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2014

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
County Focus: Walton County and Pragmatic Governance
County Wellness Programs: The Healthy Choice for Employees and Budgets
UGA Extension’s Walk Georgia Offers County Governments a Free, Online Option for Worksite Wellness
Counties and the Affordable Care Act: An Update on Federal Healthcare Legislation
Leadership Development: ACCG Gives County Officials ‘Tools’ to Make Better Decisions
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - Summer 2014