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Healthy Restaurant Challenge 2014

Community Health Works and the Mulberry Market presents the local Third Bi-Annual Healthy Resturant Challenge. 



The competition is designed to challenge restaurants to encourage healthier choices, cook seasonally, and produce an award winning, healthy dish!  For one week, local restaurants will feature at least one healthy menu item of their choice for patrons to order.  This menu item should also be inspired by what's in season.


We hope this competition will inspire more restaurants to cook seasonally because there are numerous health benefits to eating foods that are in season.  A food that is in season is at its peak in flavor and nutrition. Not only does it taste better, but it is also more affordable.  When food is grown in its proper season, the crops are more abundant, less time-intensive, and as a result are often more affordable for consumers.


Locally, we encourage the restaurants and consumers to get inspired at the Mulberry Market!  As a year-round market, through each passing season you will find a wide array of local farmers and producers who offer fresh fruits and vegetables that are all locally-grown and at their peak in flavor.  The Mulberry Market is held every Wednesday from 3:30-6:00pm at Mulberry Street Park in downtown Macon.


How does the contest work?
For one week, local participating restaurants will feature at least one healthy menu item of their choice for patrons to order. This menu item should also be inspired by what's in season.


Patrons will be directed to the Community Health Work's website to vote for the resturant with the best healthy menu item. Voting begins July 14th and ends July 21st.


Cancer Fighting Kitchen

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Friday May 30, 2014

9:00am to 4:00pm

Vineville United Methodist Church

2045 Vineville Ave. Macon, GA


 The Central Georgia Cancer Coalition is proud to present Healing Journeys’ “The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishment for Life.”  This program will celebrate and empower cancer survivors, including those currently in treatment, as well as care givers and others.  During this one day symposium, experts in naturopathic and integrative care will provide hands on information and demonstrations about the importance of nutrition, physical activity, and stress reduction in cancer survivorship.  A healthy lunch and snacks will be included.



 Pre-Registration has ended, but you can still register at the door. 


Who should attend:

  • Anyone wanting to promote healing of body, mind, and spirit
  • Individuals touched by cancer or any life-altering illness
  • Healthcare providers (continuing education credit available)
  • Those supporting friends or family with cancer or other illness


What will be covered:

  • Diet strategies that strengthen the body’s resistance to cancer, complement medical care, and bolster recovery after treatment;
  • The importance of weight management to reduce cancer risk;
  • Which foods are most important to avoid (and explore healthy substitutes);
  • How some foods (and spices) can alter gene expression, turning off cancer-promoting signals;
  •  Some standard laboratory tests that can give you and your doctor a look at your nutritional status and health status;
  • Key dietary supplements to support a cancer-fighting diet;
  • How to use flavor carriers to create healthy food that tastes great;
  • The role of exercise in nourishing health during and beyond cancer treatment;
  • How to integrate nourishing self-care practices into your life.


Discounted hotel rooms are available for out of town guests.  For more information, contact the CGCC at (478) 254-5225.

Healthy in the Heart of Georgia

The Professional Research Consultants (PRC) Community Health Connection newsletter focuses exclusively on topics pertaining to Community Health Needs.  The publication features detailed case studies highlighting successful community initiatives as well as the most up-to-date information about government requirements for non-profit healthcare organizations.  In the March 2014 issue, Bibb County was one of seven counties selected for the PRC Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and was featured in the case study below. The article gives a snapshot of the health needs in Central Georgia and highlights the work of The Medical Center of Central Georgia as well as several local community partners to deliver health services, including Community Health Works. 

To read the full article, click on the publication below and turn to page 11.  


The Winner of the 2014 Healthy Restaurant Challenge is...

Congratulations to Molly's Cafe for winning the 2014 Healthy Restaurant Challenge! An Honorable Mention goes to Doughboy Pizza who took second place in the competition. Thank you again to all of the participating restaurants and to all of those who voted.


Taste & Vote!

Shop local, eat local, live healthy....and VOTE for your favorite healthy menu item!


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