$45,000 To Fight Childhood Obesity And Improve Nutrition

January 16, 2014

Georgia SHAPE School Grants Awarded

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Governor’s SHAPE Initiative are pleased to announce that 15 schools have received a total of $45,000 in Georgia SHAPE school grants. The schools include elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state.  Each school will receive $3000 to be used to help develop physical activity and nutrition plans.

Research has shown that children are much more physically active if they attend schools that schedule, promote and supervise opportunities such as structured recess, short classroom-based activity breaks and before and after-school activities. Georgia currently ranks tenth in the nation for overweight and obese children.

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

Congratulations to the schools selected as Georgia SHAPE Grant Recipients:

Gladden Middle School (Chatsworth)

Stonewall Tell Elementary School (College Park)

M.E. Lewis Elementary School (Sparta)

Morningside Elementary School (Atlanta)

Bryant Elementary School (Mableton)

Mountain View Elementary School (Marietta)

Riverside Middle School (Evans)

Edwin S. Kemp Primary School (Hampton)

Burke County High School (Waynesboro)

State Bridge Crossing Elementary School (John’s Creek)

Conley Hills Elementary School (East Point)

Port Wentworth Elementary School (Port Wentworth)

A. Phillip Randolph Elementary School (Atlanta)

Heard Elementary School (Savannah)

Carrollton Middle School (Carrollton)

Contact Information: 
Nancy Nydam