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.
The University of Georgia has launched an initiative to help the state address a growing epidemic of adult and childhood obesity. The university will develop obesity prevention and treatment programs for communities, employers and health care providers to use.