Macon & NCHD Promote Healthy Living | Best Of
The month of September has officially been named Georgia SHAPE Month, and residents throughout Georgia are encouraged to get in SHAPE by participating in free or discounted events and programs throughout Georgia. In support of Georgia SHAPE Month, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert is partnering with the North Central Health District (NCHD) to issue daily challenges to Middle Georgians during the month of September.
The NCHD and the Mayor’s Office will utilize Twitter and Facebook to issue daily challenges such as: exercise at least 10 minutes, no fried foods today, and drink 8 glasses of water. The goal of the challenge is for Middle Georgians to begin to incorporate small, healthy changes that will eventually become lifelong habits.
The NCHD and Mayor Reichert encourage all residents of Macon, Bibb County, and the surrounding areas to participate in this healthy challenge with their friends and family. SHAPE Month activities coincide with National Childhood Obesity Month, also observed in September. To receive the daily updates, follow the Mayor’s Office (www.facebook.com/mayorreichert and www.twitter.com/mayorreichert) and the NCHD (www.facebook.com/northcentralhealthdistrict and www.twitter.com/nchdph).
“Part of the City’s efforts to make Macon the B.E.S.T. city it can be, we want to ‘educate all of our citizens,’ and Georgia SHAPE Month provides us the chance to let people know how they can lead healthier lives,” says Mayor Reichert. “Through this program, as well as our Employee Wellness Program, I hope we can have a positive impact on the health of our entire community.”
“The North Central Health District is honored that the Mayor wanted to get involved in the SHAPE initiative, and we are excited to see how these seemingly small challenges will make positive impacts in the lives of our residents,” said Dr. David Harvey, District Health Director for the NCHD.
“The Georgia SHAPE program has a primary goal of improving the health of our children. This challenge gives parents, caregivers, and family friends a way to model healthy behaviors for our youth while getting ourselves in SHAPE,” said Harvey.
Statewide Georgia SHAPE Month activities include a ceremony to honor the work of schools and physical education teachers at the Atlanta Braves game on September 25 and the Atlanta Falcons game on September 30. Student winners of Georgia's Stay in SHAPE contest will also be honored at the Atlanta Falcons game on September 30. All state parks and historic sites will be admission-free on September 29. All month long, hundreds of other programs from guided hikes to farmer's markets will be available statewide.
To learn more about SHAPE Month activities in your area or the Stay in SHAPE contest, visit www.GeorgiaSHAPE.org.
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