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Macon County Public Health reminds residents that September is a good time to prepare – not only for the next hurricane or flood – but for any emergency that might put you and your family at risk. Melissa Leatherman, Preparedness Coordinator at Macon County Public Health urges people to make plans to prepare.

“In today’s world we need to be prepared for many kinds of emergencies, whether caused by disease outbreak, hurricane, fire, severe weather, earthquake or an act of terrorism,” states Leatherman. The theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month says, "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare."


On Thursday, July 31, the March of Dimes assembled its teams for the yearly fundraising kickoff and introduced The 2014 March of Dimes Ambassador Family, the Hopkins Family.

Jim and Lynn Hopkins are the parents of William Hopkins.

William was born eight weeks premature in 2008, weighing 4 pounds at birth. William spent more than six months in the NICU.

Complications included brain bleeds at birth, developmental delays, diabetes and thyroid problems. William also has a G-tube, a trach, and a vent. He will start kindergarten this fall at Iotla Valley School.

Dr. Carole Peterson is the 2014 Macon County Honorary Chairperson. Dr. Peterson is an OB/GYN at Angel Medical Center.


The 10th kick-off for Lighten Up 4 Life for our community sponsored by Angel Medical Center will be on Monday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m., in the hospital dining room. The LU4L program is a free weight loss challenge that is entirely web based.

The program is based on four-person teams who compete with others to lose the largest percentage of weight against the other teams. At the conclusion of the challenge, the top three teams who have lost the highest percentage of weight receive prizes. The first place team winners last year all received Kindle Fires.

“Having Lighten Up for Life become a program here in our community, gives our neighbors and friends the chance to take a few minutes during the week to ‘weigh-in’ and get the support they need to help in shedding unwanted pounds on-line,” stated James Bross, AMC CEO. “With no cost and a total online program, this is a healthy choice that makes getting healthy a lot easier for busy folks.”


Beginning next month, WestCare Wellness will host a monthly series of health and wellness events entitled “Tuesdays to Thrive” in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health.

Tuesdays to Thrive events, which are free and open to the public, will focus on timely health topics using a whole-body approach. Attendees can learn valuable information, including preventative tips and evidencebased practices, about important health topics like diabetes, asthma and allergies, skin cancer prevention, cooking for a healthy weight, and more.

The first event, which will focus on preparing healthy family meals, will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the main lobby at Harris Regional Hospital and will also feature a recipe contest and cooking contest. Attendees may sign up to participate in the “Kitchen Showdown Competition,” in which family teams (consisting of two or more people) may submit a recipe using healthy ingredients, and, if selected, prepare their recipe at the event. A panel of judges will select the winning recipe based on taste. Those interested in participating can find a recipe submission form at www.westcarehealth.org/tuesdays-tothrive/ kitchen-showdown-rules. To participate in the competition, recipes must be submitted by Thursday, Aug. 28. Ideas for quick, healthy meals and cooking tips will also be shared.


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