Some of Georgia’s physician assistants are actually telling their patients to take a hike – and giving them a free pass to one of Georgia’s state parks to do it. The PAs actually writes a prescription that waives the $5 per car parking fee at any of the state’s parks, recreation areas or historic sites so patients can get exercise and lose weight.
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola is taking on a challenging issue for the soft-drink: obesity. For the first time in its TV ads, the company is talking about the problem. A new ad highlights the company's lower-calorie drinks. The ad says obesity is a problem that "concerns us all."
A new report forecasts a sharp rise in obesity in every American state over the next 20 years. Georgia is projected to remain in the middle of the pack. In Georgia, the analysis found that 53.9 percent of adults would be obese, up from 28 percent now.
City employees on the verge of developing diabetes in Columbus, Macon and Athens-Clarke County will soon get help. A study by University of Georgia researchers will help workers manage their weight and reduce their risk of becoming Type II diabetics.