Governor Deal Announces Appointees to Advisory Council on Childhood Obesity

May 18, 2015

ATLANTA – Governor Nathan Deal today announced the appointments of Jennifer A. Glover and Melvin Lindsey to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Childhood Obesity. Council members guide the Governor’s Georgia Shape initiative, a statewide, multi-agency and multi-dimensional initiative that brings together governmental, philanthropic, academic and business communities to address childhood obesity in Georgia.

Glover currently serves as an assistant principal at White County Intermediate School. She and her husband, Scott, are owners of Glo Crest Dairy and Mountain Fresh Creamery. She serves on the board of directors for the American Dairy Association and previously served as a board member on the White County Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the White County Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation.

Lindsey serves as the senior government relations director for Amerigroup Georgia. He previously served as the corporate vice president of Managed Care at Elder Health. He is a member of the board for the Ed Isakson YMCA in Alpharetta and was previously appointed to Georgia’s Minority Health Advisory Council. Lindsey earned a bachelor’s degree in French and Psychology from MacMurray College and a master’s degree of Health Administration from Governors State University.

The 16-member council includes Gov. Deal, Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, former Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D. and leaders in the fields of health, education, business and nutrition.

"We are extremely grateful for the dedication of this diverse group of people to making the monumental changes needed to improve the health of Georgia's children," said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “The additions of Jennifer Glover and Melvin Lindsey to the council strengthen a team of experts already having an impact in Georgia’s efforts to fight childhood obesity around the state.”

Georgia was once known as the state with the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. But in 2013, government statistics showed a 5 percent decrease in the state's childhood obesity rate, dropping Georgia to the 17th spot on the list. 

Since 2011, Georgia Shape has been working with children, parents and schools to increase physical activity and promote healthy, active lifestyles around the state. In 2013, Georgia Shape launched Power Up for 30, a voluntary program that encourages elementary schools to add an extra 30 minutes of physical activity into each school day. To date more than 550 schools throughout the state have taken the Power Up for 30 Pledge, reaching more than 250,000 children.