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.
A new report forecasts a sharp rise in obesity in every American state over the next 20 years. Georgia is projected to remain in the middle of the pack. In Georgia, the analysis found that 53.9 percent of adults would be obese, up from 28 percent now.
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.
In Georgia, one in five children is overweight. A special camp for obese kids run by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is now in its second summer. The program is helping severely obese children lose weight and learn to live a healthier lifestyle.