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does actually lower your health insurance exercise, an important feature for the county's times, and says 20 to 60 people show up for a premiums because it gets your work force many senior citizens. weekday program. When there's a flu vaccine healthy again," Thrash said. "We've got Gordon State College here, clinic, it may be at 7 a.m. so the road departThe county has partnered with Walk and maybe we can have some programs in ment can attend. Georgia to implement a program and Thrash place with the schools," Thrash said. "We'll "After the screenings, I get an anonymous wants to offer incentives to employees who be building a state-of-the-art park with fields total that tells us that this percentage of stop smoking, or who win a weight-loss and walking trails. I want our county to get employees is at risk of having a health attack competition. She thinks the positive lifestyle moving, and to get healthier." ■ in the next five years," Black said. "It's inforchanges that employees make will influence mation we otherwise wouldn't have." their friends and family members. A new park Rebecca McCarthy is a freelance writer from In metro Atlanta, Gwinnett County has in Barnesville, with a gym and a walking track, Athens-Clarke County. She can be reached at developed a comprehensive benefits sysoffers people a safe and pleasant place to mccarthy.rebecca@gmail.com. tem for its 5,000 employees that has merged healthcare and wellness, rewarding the participants with the best premiums if they strive to lead intentionally healthy lives. An employee who takes a wellness assessment and a biometric screening gets a $725 reduction in his or her healthcare premium, said benefits director Debbi Davidson. Not using tobacco products further reduces an indiTM vidual's cost by $720. The system also offers incentives for things like reducing one's intake of sugar, meeting with the county's retirement representative, attending a number of Weight Watchers' meetings or having a preventive screening. "We're looking at it as improving the wellbeing of county employees and helping them to be happier and more productive," Davidson said. "Our increase in costs are less than trend, and we just negotiated an increase down in HMO costs from our provider." Gwinnett extension agent Ines Belton has provided information on good nutriWe've changed our name but our commitment to producing quality pipe and precast products tion, healthy cooking and physical activity has never been stronger. Our new name, Forterra Pipe & Precast, is an evolution that means we give form (FOR) to the earth (TERRA). But it's also a promise. One that says every Pipe or in venues throughout the county, reachPrecast product we make is made to meet the highest standards-yours. ing parents in schools, children in summer Our Reinforced Concrete Pipe is a perfect example. RCP is the first choice for any fill or live camps, people at senior centers and chilload condition, and is essential when failure might endanger life or property. To find out more, dren in clubs. There's a walk-a-weigh provisit: Forterrapipeandprecast.com gram that lasts six weeks and monitors the weight and blood pressure of participants, and cooking demonstrations are followed by exercise. Belton says she's working with the 09/03/16 6:22 PM American Cancer Society and the faith com-800330_Forterra.indd 1 munity to push for people to eat fruits and vegetables and to get checked for colorectal cancer. She works with the county's parks and recreation department and goes to Boys & Girls Clubs, carrying the message of eating the rainbow, watching portion size and moving more. And what about Nancy Thrash, the enthusiastic commissioner from Lamar County? She wants to implement a wellness program for county employees, offering stop smoking clinics and weight reduction programs. "It 597481_Moreland.indd 1 SUMMER 2016 www.accg.org 25 PM 7/23/12 4:52:42 http://www.forterrabp.com http://www.Forterrapipeandprecast.com http://www.maai.net http://www.maai.net 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
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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
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Georgia County Government - Summer 2016 - Georgia Counties Get Results in ACCG’s Policy Areas
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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
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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
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