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GPB Media Receives Grant From The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to Develop GPBWell Website

GPB Media has received a $10,000 grant from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to fund the development of the GPBWell website. The website is one of the key components of the recently announced GPBWell initiative, which will provide resources through GPB’s television, radio and new media platforms that educate Georgians about health and wellness issues.

One of the first issues the GPBWell website will address is the state’s alarming childhood obesity rates. Currently, Georgia has the second highest childhood obesity rate in the country, with nearly 40 percent of school-age children being considered overweight or obese. In response, GPBWell is teaming up with the Georgia SHAPE Partnership to give schools and communities tools to improve the physical fitness of 1 million Georgia schoolchildren.

GPB launched the GPBWell initiative this past February with Georgia Weighs In, a networking event that brought together individuals and organizations from across the state that are addressing the childhood obesity crisis, including educators, healthcare providers, and state and community agencies. Together with these community partners, GPB will create content for the GPBWell website that provides engaging ways to implement healthy lifestyles as well as a forum for individuals to engage in discussion and learn about the various efforts around the state to combat the obesity crisis and associated health issues.

“We know that health issues can even impact a child’s academic performance, and we believe that GPBWell is a continuation of our role to provide educational content to caregivers and teachers,” said GPB President and Executive Director Teya Ryan. “We are grateful to the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation for its support of this initiative and for the tremendous physical fitness improvement opportunities it provides to children across the state.”

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GPB has been Georgia’s source for local programs that educate, entertain and enrich: from Georgia Traveler to Georgia Outdoors, to our coverage of the state legislature to our coverage of high school sports. GPB strives to reflect the rich and diverse communities that we serve through our statewide radio news reporting, public affairs programs and entertaining and enriching shows about our state, its history, its people and its future.

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About The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Investing across Georgia, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation (www.AFYF.org) helps nonprofit organizations reduce childhood obesity and improve youth fitness. The foundation was established in 1985 to serve as the philanthropic arm of the Atlanta Falcons. Since Arthur Blank acquired the Atlanta Falcons in 2002, the foundation has grown to be the largest owner-funded foundation in the National Football League, providing more than $17 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the state of Georgia.

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