A University of Georgia researcher has won a $2.5 million federal grant for a community-based childhood obesity prevention program. The program in Colquitt County, in southwest Georgia, is meant to engage 600 third graders by including their families, schools and community.
This week, GPB is focusing on the problem of childhood obesity in the state. The statistics have reached epidemic levels. Georgia ranks second in the nation for children who are obese or overweight. Experts say kids need to be more physically active in order to drop the pounds and avoid heart disease and diabetes down the road. But a new study says exercise doesn’t just make kids healthier it may actually make them smarter.