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TARCOG Launches Healthy Living Campaign

TARCOG has some ideas on healthy living to share in a new community awareness campaign it will launch at a 10 a.m. news conference on Thursday, July 11, at the Madison Senior Center, 1282 Hughes Road.

TARCOG’s Director of Aging Programs Sheila Dessau-Ivey said the information in this campaign applies to anyone but it is focused on the aging population.

“To my understanding, we haven’t done anything like this in a long time, if ever,” Dessau-Ivey said. “We are excited to bring this information to everyone in the community in an easy-to-use format and we believe it will be useful on many levels.”

In the coming months, TARCOG case managers will present the information to clients, now totaling more than 1,000. The program information will be presented to each Council on Aging in the region, and educational material will be provided at outreach events throughout the region attended by TARCOG staff.

As part of the program, a short video is featured thanks to several of the City of Madison’s Senior Center participants and its manager Levoneia “Bonnie” Ayers. The video highlights aspects of the campaign such as staying active, socialization and eating healthy meals. TARCOG appreciates the center’s help to create a visual message for everyone in DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison and Marshall counties — and beyond.

“This is useful information, and we encourage people to use it so that we may all live and live well,” Dessau-Ivey added.

It’s also easy to access on the TARCOG website at Just look for the Live and Live Well button on the top left of the site, under the agency logo — or under the Serving People tab.

More information is available by contacting 256-830-0818.