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Burger King Creates Lower-Calorie 'Satisfries'

By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

McDonald's fries have always given Burger King heartburn - but watch out Ronald McDonald.

In a move destined to shake up the fast-food industry, Burger King Tuesday will unveil a simple but startling french fry innovation: french fries with 30% less fat and 20% fewer calories than BK's current fries. (And 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories than McDonald's fries.)

They've dubbed the new product Satisfries - not to replace BK's classic fries, but to be sold in addition to them. And they will be crinkle-cut, like old-fashioned fries.

The move comes at a time consumers are increasingly demanding healthier options - even in so-called junk food. The low-cal, low-fat fries will cost 20 cents to 30 cents more per serving (except in Kids Meals, where there will be no price difference). All Burger Kings in North America will begin selling them Tuesday.

School Nutrition Kicking Off Breakfast in the Classroom Program at Taylor

School Nutrition Kicking Off Breakfast in the Classroom Program at Taylor

On Thursday, September 12, parents attending Taylor Elementary School’s PTO Meeting got a little taste of a new program kicking off this month at the school.

Taylor will be the first school in the District to participate in the School Nutrition Program’s Breakfast in the Classroom, which provides all students in the school with breakfast. Parents and students at the meeting were able to sample breakfast items, such as sausage biscuits, chicken biscuits, breakfast pizza and fruit, mini waffles, and pancakes.

“School breakfast is a great way for parents and teachers to help students improve their academic performance,” said School Nutrition Director Dr. Cleta Long. “Research shows that students who eat breakfast improve their concentration, increase their energy, and improve their overall health.”

Time to Get Your Flu Shot

Officials with the North Central District Health Department say it is time to get your annual flu shot.

Public Information Officer, Jennifer Jones said vaccines are now available in the 13 counties that are in the district.

"We are pleased to announce that flu vaccines are now available in Bibb County and the other 12 counties we serve," Jones said.

Judy McCarghe, Nurse Manager for the District Health Department told 13WMAZ the flu shots are quick and easy.

In a studio appearance on Eyewitness News Midday, McCarghe said, "Being vaccinated is the best way to protect your health and the health of your family." 

"We never know when the flu will start circulating in our area, so it is best to get the shot now, McCarghe said.

The Bibb County health department will hold a special drive-through clinic Monday, September 16th, 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

Greater Emphasis on Child Passenger Safety

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is sponsoring several caravan stops around Central Georgia this week.

Harris Blackwood, Dir. of the Highway Safety office told 13WMAZ that there is a real need in the Macon area to educate parents and motorists in keeping children safe.

"You would not believe the number of parents that install their child's car seat or booster seat improperly," Blackwood said.

Members promoting the effort will stop Tuesday at the Agape Way Daycare in Byron as part of the 3-day safety caravan. Representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration are on site to see the inspection and demonstration.    

On Wednesday, Blackwood said the group will set-up at Northway Church, 5915 Zebulon Road, in Macon. The free car seat and child passenger safety check starts at 1:30 and will conclude at 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Macon Beer Festival, Concerts Downtown This Weekend

Macon Beer Festival, Concerts Downtown This Weekend

Downtown Macon throws down this weekend with the Beer Festival, Weaver's Weekend and the Beer Festival Finale Concert.

The beer festival raises money for Pints for Prostates, an organization that works to educate and advocate against prostate cancer.

(Purchase Beer Festival tickets for $20 through Mercer Ticket sales in advance online, or $25 on Saturday) All tickets will be on "will call," available for pickup at 2 p.m. in Third Street Park with ID.

This weekend's schedule:

Children's Hospital Boxes Accepting Donations

Children's Hospital Boxes Accepting Donations

Men in Medicine Camp Expand Views About Careers in Healthcare Field

Men in Medicine Camp Expand Views About Careers in Healthcare Field

By Daniel Daniels

Rising 9th through 12th grade boys had the opportunity to learn more about the healthcare field during the annual Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Department camp Men in Medicine.

Held June 11-13 at Hutchings Career Center, the camp provided hands-on experiences, including learning about intubation, CPR, taking vital signs, filling a prescription, and starting an IV. Camp attendees also received lectures from professionals in the healthcare industry.

Hutchings Career Center Healthcare Science teacher and Registered Nurse Angelique Lattimore said the camp’s goal is to expand the young men’s views about a field typically dominated by women.

“What we’re trying to do is get more males into the healthcare pathway,” Ms. Lattimore said. “We’re trying to get them to think differently than what it used to be, because it’s a whole lot more than nursing.”