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In Southwest Georgia, the Affordable Care Act is having trouble living up to its name

The 12-county Southwest Georgia region is the nation’s second most expensive online marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Another celebration day is just around the corner

HEALTH AND FITNESS: You can celebrate Valentines Day without overindulging

Adding a little color and creativity to food and drink makes Valentine’s Day more fun for kids.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Some old school still good in new year

HEALTH & FITNESS: Science does not change, but our knowledge of it does

As we age, our ability to move about is one of the more important quality of life issues that we face.

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Lights of Love surpasses fundraising goal

Annual cancer benefit raises more than $70,000

The initial goal for the 2013 Lights of Love campaign was roughly $50,000, officials say.

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Medical College of Georgia dean visits Albany, gives update on institution

Medical school dean addresses Dougherty Rotary Club on progress of medical education

The Medical College of Georgia has several clinical campuses throughout the state, including one based at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany.

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MARY GANZEL: Make 2014 a year of growth

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Make a plan to bring good intentions to life

Personal improvement and doing things to improve your community take initiative and resolve.

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MICHELE MOULTON: Burpee a challenge, but effective

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Also called the squat thrust, the burpee is a full-body exercise

Burpees burn calories, increase strength, improve conditioning, requireme no equipment and are versatile.

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Critics of new health plan for Georgia state workers send message

A Facebook page dedicated to complaints against the state health care plan exploded with new members

The controversy over the State Health Benefit Plan erupted after the agency chose Blue Cross to provide a statewide health plan for members of the SHBP, which covers state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital employees terminated over missing computer

Two Albany hospital employees found in violation HIPAA private policy regulations have been dismissed

A computer was reported missing from an Albany outpatient behavioral health clinic on the morning of Nov. 7, 2013, police reports show.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital presents new vice presidents, core measures

Albany health system adds to two new vice presidents over the course of a month

A core measures report presented to the board of directors at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital shows there have been overall improvements at the hospital over the course of several years in various areas including heart attack care, congestive heart failure care, pneumonia care and surgical care.

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Georgia loses bonus for Peach Care enrollment

Georgia has nearly 220,000 children who are uninsured

Although the percentage of Georgia children who are uninsured has declined, the state still has the fourth-highest actual number of kids without coverage, according to a recent report.

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Deadly flu season hits Georgia

Young adults targeted by this year's flu strain

Nine in the state have died from flu and another 400 have been hospitalized.

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Flint Community Bank donates to breast cancer awareness, Cancer Coalition of South Georgia

Albany bank makes donation of more than $4,500 to cancer fighting efforts

Flint Community Bank customers were offered a number of ways to support the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, including a tree of ribbons in the bank’s lobby.

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Georgia spends tiny amount to prevent smoking

Roughly one in five Georgia adults are smokers

The states will collect $25 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes in fiscal 2014, but will spend only 1.9 percent of it –– $481.2 million –– on tobacco prevention programs.

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Georgia's physician shortage limits patients' access to care

State's shortage of doctors particularly significant in rural areas

Studies show a rural physician can generate up to 23 jobs in the local economy.