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Central Georgia Fights Flu Season

It's an early flu season for Georgia, and possibly a severe one.

13WMAZ found out from one parent what she's doing to keep her child safe and well.

We also talked with a Macon pediatrician who says this flu season has kept him busy. Watch the video.








Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Today is my first day in the office for 2013. I intentionally took time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to step back from work, enjoy my family and clear my head. Now I’m back and ready to hit the ground running! How about you?


In the past I’ve never been much of a believer in writing down my goals or making them for that matter. It all seemed a little woo-woo and out there. However in 2012 I worked with a wonderful organizer and business coach Paris Love (www.parisloveinstitute.com) who convinced me of the importance of setting goals.

Road Closures, Detours Near Medical Center of Central Georgia

Road Closures, Detours Near Medical Center of Central Georgia

Phase II of New & Pine Streets Project Begins
Improvements Made Possible with SPLOST, Hospital, & Grant Funds

The City of Macon and the Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) are continuing to work together to improve the roads, sidewalks, and traffic flow along Pine Street between Spring and First Streets and New Street from Pine Street to Plum Street Lane. Phase II of the project began Monday, November 26.

Phase II involves the intersection at New and Pine Streets, in front of the Emergency Center. The area will be repaved, and the four crosswalks at that intersection will be recreated. New Street will be blocked off from Plum Street Lane to the intersection, and Pine Street will remain closed from the intersection to Spring Street.

Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

Turkey Fryer Safety Tips


During the holiday season, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department would like to identify some turkey fryer hazards and offer some fire safety tips to ensure that you and your family have a fun and safe holiday.


Turkey Fryer Hazards

• Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot.

• If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.

• Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too may result in an extensive fire.

• With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.

• The lid and handles on the sides of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.


Important Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

MPD Releases Halloween Safety Tips

MPD Releases Halloween Safety Tips

Macon Police released these safety tips to consider before heading out to trick or treat:


Concussions: The Hard-Hitting Facts

In many sports, the harder the hit, the louder the fans yell, but sometimes the outcome of a big blow isn't something to cheer about, like a concussion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one out of every ten athletes in a contact sport will get a concussion each season.

They also estimate that 3.8 million concussions happen each year in the United States with around 70% of them going undiagnosed.

When many people think of concussions, football automatically comes to mind, but women's soccer is the second leading sport for the brain injury.

When the brain moves around inside your head and hits the walls of your skull, that's when a concussion can happen.

It doesn't always take a big blow to do the trick either. Purdue University researchers found that a series of smaller hits can have the same result.

And most happen without the athlete ever losing consciousness.

Macon & NCHD Promote Healthy Living

Macon & NCHD Promote Healthy Living

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.