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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 6:31am

Education Officials Talk About Childhood Obesity

Updated: 6 years ago.
Getting children active is one of the keys of attacking the problem of childhood obesity. (photo courtesy Steve Bridger)

More than 1 in 3 Georgia children ages 10 to 17 are classified as overweight or obese. That’s according to a 2009 study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation .

Obese and overweight children have a higher risk of Type-2 diabetes or heart disease later in life.

It’s a complex problem, involving balancing better diet and physical activity. GPB takes a closer look at the epidemic in a special series.

First, the prospective of Georgia school officials. How are they attacking the problem?

More than a decade as a nutrition director on the local level, Nancy Rice now heads Nutrition for the state’s Department of Education. And Therese McGuire is program specialist for physical education and health in Georgia schools.

They spoke to GPB's Edgar Treiguts.