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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH-JONES..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS IN THE LAST THREE DECADES THE NUMBER OF OBESE CHILDREN AND YOUTH HAS TRIPLED... AND THAT MEANS MORE KIDS ARE AT RISK FOR DISEASES LIKE TYPE 2 DIABETES.
TODAY IN PART THREE OF THE CUTTING EDGE OBESITY SERIES... CANDACE ADORKA LOOKS AT WHAT ROLE CENTRAL GEORGIA SCHOOLS PLAY IN REDUCING THAT NUMBER.
LAST DECEMBER... PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED THE HEALTHY HUNGER FREE KIDS ACT INTO LAW.
IT AUTHORIZES FUNDING FOR NUTRITION PROGRAMS AND ALLOWS THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO SET STRICTER NUTRITION GUIDELINES FOR ALL FOODS IN SCHOOLS.
BIBB COUNTY IS WORKING ON IMPLEMENTING THE NEW GUIDELINES... BUT STUDENTS AND SCHOOL NUTRITIONISTS SAY CHANGES HAVE ALREADY BEEN TAKING PLACE.
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HERE'S A TYPICAL SCHOOL LUNCH AT CENTRAL HIGH IN MACON... WHERE CANDACE BROWN JUST ENTERED HER SENIOR YEAR.
"I had a pizza and fries."
WHAT SHE DOESN'T KNOW IS THE CHEESE ON THE PIZZA WAS LOW FAT... THE CRUST... WHOLE GRAIN... THE FRIES... BAKED IN A OVEN THAT DOES EVERYTHING BUT FRY.
"This is the state of the art right here"
CENTRAL HIGH KITCHEN MANAGER VICKI HAMILTON SAYS HEALTHY IS THE STATUS QUO NOW COMPARED TO WHEN BROWN STARTED HIGH SCHOOL.
"We used to fry a lot, now we don't. we bake everything as much as possible even the fries.
BROWN SAYS SHE'S SEEN A DRASTIC CHANGE AS WELL... FOR INSTANCE STUDENTS NOW GET TWO SERVINGS OF FRUIT EACH DAY.
"The fact that they're serving more vegetables and fruit as in salads and stuff and parfaits, i'd never seen that before until I got here."
HAMILTON SAYS MORE THAN 80 PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS RELY ON SCHOOL FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH... AND THEY CAN BE VOCAL ABOUT THE CHANGES.
"Once they've tried them there's not been a big problem but at first you know, ooh that's a brown hamburger bun, it's not white..."
BUT SHE SAYS OVER THE YEARS... THE STUDENTS HAVE BECOME A LOT MORE ACCEPTING OF HEALTHY FOODS.
"We can make up to a hundred parfaits a day and they'll be gone, and as far as salads, however many we can make, that's how many they'll eat."
BROWN SAYS THE SCHOOLS COULD DO BETTER... MORE VARIETY IN THE LUNCH DISHES... AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN HOW TO BEA HEALTHY ONCE THE LAST BELL RINGS.
"I'm not in the health class, I would want to be in the ehalth class because I would want to learn how to prepare my food and do it in a healthy way so if I go home I could do it myself."
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TAKE INVU
FRANK MALLOY CHATS WITH CLETA LONG, BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS NUTRITION DIRECTOR AND RON WILSON DIRECTOR OF HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS SPECIAL PROGRAMS WHO ALSO OVERLOOKS PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
DON'T MISS THE "CUTTING EDGE... FIGHTING FAT" ONE-HOUR SPECIAL ON WEDNESDAY.
YOU CAN WATCH IT RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ AT 10 P-M.

THE LABOR DAY TRAVEL WEEKEND IS HITTING THE ROAD... AND GAS PRICES ARE TAKING A LITTLE TRIP OF THEIR OWN.
RIGHT NOW... ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A... THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF GAS IN MACON IS 3-49 A GALLON... UP A PENNY FROM YESTERDAY... AND UP A DOLLAR FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR.
nats "fuel is 2.99 a gallon if you're not here you're out of your mind." :04
HUNDREDS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA DRIVERS GOT A BREAK FROM THESE STEEP PRICES AT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE QUICK SERVE GAS STATION ON EMERY HIGHWAY.
THEY SOLD GASOLINE FOR TWO NINETY NINE A GALLON... BUT THE GREAT BUY CAUSED A TRAFFIC JAM AND ONE POLICE OFFICER TOLD US HE WROTE OVER FIFTY TICKETS FOR PEOPLE BLOCKING THE ROAD.
"His second book of tickets already and look at that line back there."
"I seen it and I made a U-turn to come get two dollars and ninety-nine cent gas oh my god."
THE OWNER OF THE QUICK SERVE SAYS THE PRICE CUT STAYS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS THEY PULLED OFFICERS FROM THE GAS STATION THIS AFTERNOON...BECAUSE IT WASN'T HELPING THE SITUATION...AND WAS KEEPING THEM FROM OTHERS LAW ENFORCEMENT DUTIES.
SHE SAID THE QUIK SERVE SHOULD HAVE ANTICPATED THE RUSH..AND HIRED OFF-DUTY OFFICERS TO MANAGE THE TRAFFIC.

MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT MET WITH BIBB SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND AND BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART THIS MORNING TO SWAP IDEAS..
THE MAYOR SAYS DALLEMAND FLOATED THE IDEA OF A BIBB BOARDING SCHOOL... TO HELP KIDS WHOSE HOME LIFE IS TOO DISRUPTIVE TO GET AN EDUCAITON.
THE GROUP ALSO TALKED ABOUT OPENING UP SCHOOL GYMS AFTER HOURS TO HELP NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS STAY BUSY.
REICHERT SAYS THEY ALSO TALKED ABOUT HOW TO HELP DROP OUTS AND ABSENT KIDS GET BACK TO SCHOOL.
"There are some horror stories in which they find these children, with the power cut off, no food in the refrigerator, and there they are you know the eight year old staying at home like mamma told them or daddy told them, and away from school."
THE MAYOR SAYS THEY DIDN'T MAKE ANY DECISIONS ... OR DISCUSS ENFORCING A CURFEW ON TEENS UNDER 17.

BIBB COUNTY'S DISTRICT ATTORNEY IDENTIFIED THE MACON TEEN ACCUSED OF FATALLY SHOOTING A 16-YEAR-OLD LAST WEEKEND.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS SAYS ROBREON LEE WAS FORMALLY CHARGED WITH MURDER... AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND OTHER CHARGES TODAY... ON HIS 17TH BIRTHDAY.
HE'S ACCUSED OF SHOOTING ARQUENTRIS FOUNTAIN LAST SATURDAY OUTSIDE A TEEN PARTY OFF EISENHOWER PARKWAY.
FOUNTAIN DIED TWO DAYS LATER.
LEE WAS MOVED FROM A Y-D-C TO THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL BECAUSE HE'S NO LONGER A JUVENILE.
WINTERS SAID A MAGISTRATE JUDGE DENIED LEE BOND EARLIER THIS WEEK.

THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM DROPPED ONE CHARGE AGAINST WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL LAURA PERKINS.
PERKINS WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE IN JULY WHILE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATED HOW SHE HANDLED A 1-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT.
PERKINS' ATTORNEY-- BRADFORD WILSON --SAYS THE DISTRICT WITHDREW A CHARGE THAT PERKINS DIDN'T FOLLOW A DISTRICT POLICY ON BIDDING OUT CONTRACT WORK.
THE DISTRICT CONCEDED THAT POLICY WAS UNCLEAR.
THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD A HEARING IN TWO WEEKS TO DISCUSS THE OTHER COMPLAINTS AGAINST PERKINS INCLUDING ALLEGED INCOMPETENCE AND FAVORITISM.

THIEVES DESTROYED THE AIR CONIDTIONING UNITS AT FIVE RECREATION CENTERS SINCE MID JULY.. THAT'S ACCORDING TO MACON PARKS AND RECREATION DIRECTOR DALE DOUGHERTY.
THE UNIT AT THE BLOOMFIELD CENTER WAS GUTTED FOR THE COPPER...
AT NORTH MACON PARK... FOUR UNITS TRASHED...
PARK DIRECTOR TA (TAY) BATTLE SAYS THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO REPLACE TWO OF THE FOUR UNITS.
DOUGHERTY SAYS THIEVES ALSO TARGETED ROSA JACKSON... FREEDOM PARK AND A BUILDING AT CENTRAL CITY PARK.
HE SAID SOME PROGRAMS WERE CUT UNTIL IT GETS COOLER.
Andrea Lee: "We have to cut our senior dance program, our batton twirling program, and our karate program at this particular time until we can possibly find some other means of air conditioning."
DOUGHERTY SAYS THE STOLEN OR DAMAGED UNITS HAVE COST 20 TO 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REPLACE.

YOU'RE SNAPPING PHOTOS TO SHARE WHILE YOU AND THE FAMILY ARE ON VACATION...
ONE VIEWER SNAPPED THIS SHOT OF RUNAWAY BAY JAMAICA.
AND THE CAPTION HERE SAYS "FIRST TRAIN RIDE."
WHILE YOU'RE ENJOYING YOUR LABOR DAY WEEKEND... TAKE A FEW PHOTOS FOR US AND ADD THEM TO THE GALLERIES YOU'LL FIND IT UNDER FEATURES IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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