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SPECIAL FOCUS: HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
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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
* Nearly 200 county commissioners, officials
and administrators participated.
* Distance was a near two-mile loop
that started and ended on Savannah's
* 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
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
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
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
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2014
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
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2014