Georgia Magazine - July 2012 - (Page 4)

July 2012 CONTENTS D E PA R T M E N T S 5 VIEWPOINT Images from the past 6 MAILBOX 7 LIBERTY NOTES 7 PICTURE THIS? 8 GEORGIA NEWS 9 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 12 CURRENTS Cobb EMC touts Georgia’s largest solar project; Competition on the line; Celebrating Earth Day; EMCs shine at Georgia FFA Convention; Where dreams come true 14 GEORGIA’S ENERGY OUTLOOK Renewable energy in your home 28 AROUND GEORGIA Family-friendly attractions in Georgia 32 MY GEORGIA Tribute to Jacob Dennis 34 GEORGIA GARDENS Strong4Life promotes good nutrition 36 GEORGIA COOKS Communities that can 42 SNAPSHOT In the good ’ole summertime FROM THE EDITOR The best thing that can happen to any of us is to live a long, independent life. But such good fortune doesn’t always just occur. Many people have to work at surviving to a ripe, old age. In this issue, health writer Dana Clark Felty shows us how to improve our chances in “Unveiling a healthier Georgia,” page 16. Felty examines cardiovascular disease, cancer and lung diseases—the three most serious health issues facing Georgians— by showing ways the medical field is making strides in prevention, diagnosis and treatment. She also offers advice from leading health experts in Georgia on how the latest methods of research, education, technology and screening can enable patients to enjoy a better quality of life. In some areas, we have a long way to go. Georgia has the secondhighest rate of childhood obesity in the nation. But success is within our grasp, thanks to programs like Strong4Life, a statewide initiative launched by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta last June to promote good nutrition and physical activity to Georgia families. Learn more about Strong4Life in Felty’s article and in “A teaching garden for kids,” page 34. Strength occurs in many forms— especially among the courageous men and women fighting for our country’s freedom, like Capt. Matthew Freeman, a Marine pilot from Richmond Hill, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Learn how his mother also found the strength to create a memorial foundation to fulfill his last wish of providing school supplies to Afghan children in “A soldier’s wish,” page 24. Sincerely, Victoria Scharf DeCastro Associate editor GEORGIA MAGAZINE Vol. 68, No. 7 16 ON T H E C O VER : Children, such as Zarea Adams, 14, of Stone Mountain, come to Strong4Life Camp to enjoy activities and each other’s company. The camp, hosted by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, offers overweight children the chance to experience healthy lifestyle skills. Zarea is a success story—while at camp last year, she learned better eating habits and a love for dance. Since then, she has lost 40 pounds! (Photo is courtesy of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.) F E AT U R E S 16 Unveiling a healthier Georgia Prevention, testing and treatment programs light a path toward a healthier future. By Dana Clark Felty 24 A soldier’s wish web exclusive The “g” means more is online! web exclusive A world away, children are receiving school supplies thanks to the help of caring Georgians. By John Bruce, for this month’s bonus content: 22-1—Get healthy! Tips for increasing 31A—More family-friendly attractions 39A—More great recipes and canning 42A—Bonus Snapshot submissions 42B—Liberty Notes; Plant of the month 42C—Energy-efficiency tips 42D—July’s online trivia contest More online at Click on the July 2012 cover, online at activity in Georgia resources Official Publication of Georgia Electric Membership Corporation 4

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2012

Georgia Magazine - July 2012
Liberty Notes
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Unveiling a Healthier Georgia
A Soldier’s Wish
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - July 2012