DPH and Georgia Shape Award $99,000 to Advance Student Health

June 1, 2015

As a part of Georgia Shape, the Governor’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is excited to announce that 21 schools in Georgia have been awarded a total of $99,000 to implement strategies that will improve school nutrition and physical activity for elementary, middle and high school students. 

The grant funding will assist schools in developing evidenced-based policies that support increased nutrition and school-based fitness programs through policy, systems and environmental change.

To ensure Georgia Shape grantees can successfully implement their nutrition and physical activity goals, they will have access to technical assistance, staff training and peer learning opportunities from subject matter experts throughout their grant period for the 2015-2016 school year. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia is ranked 17th in the nation for obesity among children and adolescents. Furthermore, numerous research studies have shown a direct link between positive academic performance and physically active students. 

Previous Georgia Shape grantees have utilized this funding to implement classroom-based physical activity breaks as well as expose kids to new fruits and vegetables through taste testing. 

“These grants will go a long way toward improving childhood fitness and nutrition,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health. “We must teach our children the importance of physical activity and the benefits of healthy eating, lessons they hopefully will carry with them throughout their lives.”

Congratulations to all of the 2015-2016 Georgia Shape grantees:

Enhanced Grant:

  • Bainbridge Middle School
  • Hampton Elementary Charter School
  • Turner Elementary School
  • Alice Coachman Elementary
  • Morrow Elementary
  • Shiloh Point Elementary
  • Villa Rica Elementary
  • Still Elementary
  • Meadowcreek Elementary
  • Independence High School
  • A.L. Burruss Elementary
  • International Community School (K-5)
  • SGA Elementary
  • Satilla Elementary School
  • Buford Academy (2nd-5th)
  • Elcan-King Elementary
  • John Johnson Elementary
  • Kittredge Magnet School

Core Grant:

  • Albany Middle School
  • Riverside Intermediate School (2nd -5th)
  • Claxton Middle School

Visit www.GeorgiaShape.org for more information on school-based physical activity and grant opportunities. 

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