Improving kids’ bodies — and minds — by requiring recess
Kids love school recess: Kicking a soccer ball, clambering up a jungle gym, chasing each other on a playground. And such unstructured play is not just fun, researchers say. Recess can help improve academic performance and reduce fidgety behavior and negative conduct in the classroom, health experts say. Thirty... Read more
Forsyth still No. 1 as county health rankings show familiar pattern
Once again, Forsyth County ranks as the healthiest county in Georgia. And the next four healthiest — Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette and Gwinnett — are the same as last year’s, in the newly released  2019 County Health Rankings. All five counties are suburban and in the northern half of the... Read more
Letter to the Editor: Let’s take the Preceptor Tax Incentive all the way
I am writing to applaud the Georgia House of Representatives for taking a step last week toward better health for Georgians, as members voted in favor of HB 287, the Preceptor Tax Incentive Program (PTIP).  I am really hoping that the Georgia Senate will follow suit during this legislative... Read more
Bill would protect tenants facing unhealthy living conditions
Water leaks and sewage overflows. Rampant mold. Rat infestation. Residents’ descriptions of such conditions in some Cobb County apartment complexes recently underscored the breadth of environmental hazards that tenants can face. In Georgia, renters have the right to complain about unlivable conditions, and landlords have a legal duty to make... Read more
A man called Mickey: ‘Father of PeachCare’ passes away
Twenty years ago, a bill arrived in the Georgia House that would have set up a private insurance program for children newly eligible for government coverage. The legislation had the backing of Gov. Zell Miller, and it had passed the Senate. Consumer advocate Linda Lowe and others, though, started... Read more

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