Some of Georgia’s physician assistants are actually telling their patients to take a hike – and giving them a free pass to one of Georgia’s state parks to do it. The PAs actually writes a prescription that waives the $5 per car parking fee at any of the state’s parks, recreation areas or historic sites so patients can get exercise and lose weight.
State officials are taking aim at childhood obesity by getting kids more physical activity in the classroom. Department of Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald said Thursday a new program will get elementary students active for 30 minutes a day.
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola is taking on a challenging issue for the soft-drink: obesity. For the first time in its TV ads, the company is talking about the problem. A new ad highlights the company's lower-calorie drinks. The ad says obesity is a problem that "concerns us all."
Georgia health officials have announced that 21 schools have gotten grants to help fight childhood obesity. Twelve schools got up to $5,000 to implement physical activity and nutrition plans, while nine others got $3,000 to develop plans. The money will also be used for training and technical assistance.