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"You can create teams or have different county departments compete to see who can walk the most miles," Murray said. "Just getting citizens up and moving helps nudge the needle forward a little to making our counties healthier." According to Walk Georgia Program Coordinator and Marketing Director Maria Bowie, all but two of Georgia's 159 counties have a Walk Georgia program underway, usually through the county's extension office. ACCG has a grant program that provides seed money for competitions, health fairs or other interventions, through the Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS) agency. Some people use Walk Georgia to stay motivated, and many worksites have adopted Walk Georgia as part of their wellness programs. Extension offices can apply for minigrants of $500 from the Coca-Cola Foundation with a local match and use these funds for promotions and advertisements. Bowie estimates that her office has given out about 50 grants in the past two and a half years. LGRMS Health Promotions Director Sherea Robinson said her agency, which is a joint program created in 2000 by the selfinsurance funds of ACCG and the Georgia Municipal Association, gives out grant monies to local governments of up to $20 per employee per year for health education and prevention programs. "We design the programs and then give them hand-held support for the duration," Robinson said. The health programs LGRMS provides are targeted at helping employees change behaviors, for example, smoking or following a sedentary lifestyle, to decrease risks associated with diseases that may include COPD or hypertension. "The only reason someone wouldn't get the grant money is because they didn't apply," she said. Kathryn Holland, an extension agent in Colquitt County, said she learned about Walk Georgia from Katrina McIntosh, the wife of Moultrie Mayor William McIntosh. The city's first lady told Holland she had heard of the program and wondered why it wasn't in their city. Shortly thereafter, it was. "I told her I was happy to look into it,"Holland said. Holland started a six-month Walk Georgia pilot program with city employees and used a mini-grant to work with the county. She offered monthly classes on a variety of topics, Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis (far left) leads a group of county employees in a bridge walk to celebrate the opening of the Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge in Albany and promote the county's adoption of Walk Georgia as part of their employee wellness programs. Photo courtesy of Walk Georgia such as how to stay physically active with a busy lifestyle, bringing in health care experts and physical trainers. Last year on October 3, a massive kickoff for a six-month health campaign drew about 80 people. The Moultrie city manager has approved giving city employees two hours a week for exercising, and Holland says people who weren't exercising before have taken advantage of the offer. "We have people who are working out more, using the walking trail and joining gyms," she said. "We're currently working with county officials to get the program in there." Holland's focus is on the health of Colquitt County. In addition to encouraging people to walk and move more, she educates people about healthy eating and ways to keep their houses healthy, informing them about asthma triggers, the importance of smoke detectors and checking for radon. She also tells them how to build exercise into a daily schedule. When discussing the process, Holland noted, "I've become more active and healthier myself." In Burke County, extension agent Terri Black works with Sherea Robinson's arm of the LGRMS to offer wellness programs for county employees and other programs for all county residents. She heads a committee that has completed a survey about programs the employees are interested in having, such as heart attack and stroke prevention. Health experts have talked to participants about heart disease and protecting heart health and have provided carotid artery scans. SUMMER 2016 www.accg.org 23 http://www.accg.org/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2016

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Cover Story: Growth and Opportunity in Elbert County
Georgia Counties Get Results in ACCG’s Policy Areas
Insights from Georgia’s Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Making Strides for Healthy Communities
Preparing for the Zika Virus in Georgia
Georgia Public Libraries Shine
Counties Emerge into the Digital Age
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - cover1
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - cover2
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 7
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Director’s Desk
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Cover Story: Growth and Opportunity in Elbert County
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 11
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 12
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 13
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 14
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 15
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Counties Get Results in ACCG’s Policy Areas
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 19
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Insights from Georgia’s Congressman Lynn Westmoreland
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 21
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Making Strides for Healthy Communities
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 23
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 24
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 25
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Preparing for the Zika Virus in Georgia
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 27
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Public Libraries Shine
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 31
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Counties Emerge into the Digital Age
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - 36
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - cover3
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