Georgia’s First Lady and Georgia SHAPE hit the Road

September 15, 2014

Last week, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal made several stops throughout Atlanta to talk about Georgia SHAPE.

On her first stop, she visited Garden Hills Elementary School to discuss the importance of good nutrition and physical activity for children. Garden Hills Elementary is currently implementing Power Up for 30, Georgia SHAPE’s Physical Activity program encouraging elementary schools to integrate 30 more minutes of physical activity into the school day. Students showcased some of the fun ways to implement Power Up for 30, and the First Lady read from one of her favorite children’s books.

Students and faculty at Burgess-Peterson Academy were eager to greet First Lady Deal as she toured their organic garden and orchard. Burgess Peterson is currently working with Georgia Organics and the Captain Planet Foundation to implement various Farm to School initiatives. Students use gardening as a tool to learn about nutrition, science, and even math. Burgess Peterson is also a Power Up for 30 school.

First Lady Deal also showed her support to Atlanta Public School’s (APS) teachers and staff at Crim High School.  Educators were gathered to learn how to implement Power Up for 30 at their schools through a training conducted by HealthMPowers.

HealthMPowers is busy traveling across the state training teachers, administrators and wellness champions on how to add more opportunities for physical activity throughout the school day in fun, innovative ways to enhance learning. First Lady Deal spoke about the SHAPE Initiative and the importance of incorporating 30 minutes of additional activity in every school day. 

She concluded the Georgia SHAPE tour at the Truly Living Well Center, where Chef Cathy of Avalon Catering prepared a nutritious lunch from the locally grown foods at the Center. The First Lady toured the impressive urban garden and was able to talk gardening with the experts.

Georgia SHAPE is empowering schools across the state to improve their academic performance by increasing levels of physical activity throughout the school day. It is Governor Nathan Deal’s statewide childhood fitness and nutrition initiative to address childhood obesity in Georgia.

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