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    Laura Smith

    Laura Smith
    Laura Smith graduated in 2010 from UGA with degrees in journalism and sociology. In addition to earning her master's in health and medical journalism, Laura is also pursuing a certificate in global health from the College of Public Health. She has a soft spot for infectious disease, which led her to East Africa in July 2011 to report on schistosomiasis control efforts. She hopes to use her degree to write truthful, effective health messages to the public on vaccination, infectious disease and the dynamics of our health system.
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    By Laura Smith:


      Large Problem

      Obesity costly in more ways than one

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Mar 21, 2012
      Obese woman - shopper

      Georgia faces economic pressure from chronic illness

      Big people are big business in the United States, where about one in three adults and one in six children and adolescents are considered obese.

      It’s known that obesity takes a toll on physical health, often leading to chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension and joint problems. What many don’t recognize is the financial burden associated with obesity — costs that go far beyond the obese individual.

      Southern Green

      Sustainable farmers have feet in dirt, eyes on future

      by | 0, Add your Comment | May 16, 2011
      Wakefield Farm’s pastures lining Highway 172 to Hartwell. From the Grady Journal

      From the road, Wakefield Farm’s pastures look  like most lining Highway 172 to Hartwell: brilliant green fields, studded with stands of trees  and dotted with cows. But in fact this 1500-acre cattle farm bears scant resemblance to most cattle operations in Georgia. Wakefield’s owner and manager want to raise and sell top-quality beef, but they also strive to protect the land and water where their cattle breed, graze and grow to market weight.

      Organic, locally-grown foods are available nearly everywhere these days. Farmer’s markets park trucks and pitch tents on small town squares, and in the hustle and bustle of cities.

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