Originally published Aug. 15, 2011
DeKalb County is the only community in Georgia awarded federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) funds for strategies to prevent children in Georgia from living sicker, shorter lives than their parents due to obesity-related diseases. Obesity is caused primarily by poor diet and lack of physical activity.
Georgia ranks second in the nation for childhood obesity, according to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In DeKalb County, 13 percent of students in public schools are obese.
Hundreds of DeKalb County residents, elected officials, community leaders and business representatives jumped into action and joined participants of all ages as they showed off their dance routine to "Let’s Move!" The “Let’s Move” official campaign song with its up-beat music and lyrics directed everyone to get moving to end obesity in DeKalb and in Georgia:
Let me see you run,
Put your knees up in the sky,
'Cause we just begun, hey!
This is how we do,
Jump a couple to the right,
To the left, let's move!
The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully (CHOICES) hosted the free event at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur. “Let’s Move” included fitness activities, health screenings, nutrition exhibits, live stage performances and information from community organizations working to combat the growing obesity epidemic in DeKalb County and nationwide.
The Board of Health’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) obesity program made its debut at the event, distributing health education materials and a pamphlet outlining the project’s plan to address adult and childhood obesity. Some of the initiatives will include increasing the number of urban farms and farmers markets, establishing more school gardens, and improving access to walking trails, bike paths and sidewalks.
For more information about CPPW obesity initiatives and “Let’s Move,” call the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Health Assessment and Promotion Office of Chronic Disease Prevention at (404) 508-7847.