The Huffington Post recently compiled a list of several ways the South is struggling. “These 9 Maps Should Absolutely Outrage Southerners” is a breakdown of current health and economic issues affecting the region. First, the list took a look at the poverty level in the South, compared to the rest of the nation. A 2012 study from the USDA reported the South has the highest poverty rate in the U.S, with more than 17 percent of its residents living below the poverty level.
Not all fat cells are created equal. White cells store globs of fat and make bellies jiggle. Brown cells burn fat and keep mice slim. In between is a type of fat called “beige,” which may be a key to fighting the bulge. And though “beiging” is not widely studied as yet, it has caught the attention of researchers at the University of Georgia.
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.
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.
The new Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Georgia Health Sciences University will host community programs and conduct research on public health problems like type 2 diabetes, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, obesity and AIDS.