21 Ga. Schools Get Grants to Fight Obesity in Kids

1:19 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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A Central Georgia school is among 21 schools slated to get grants to help fight childhood obesity.

The grants total $87,000 and come from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Governor's SHAPE initiative. The schools include elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the state.

Hancock Central Middle School in Sparta will receive a $3,000 grant to develop a plan for their school.

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.

Health officials say children are more physically active if their schools schedule and promote physical activities. Georgia ranks third in the nation for overweight and obese children.

SHAPE is a statewide initiative that brings together the government, philanthropic, academic and business communities to fight childhood obesity in Georgia.

(Associated Press contributed portions of this article.)

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