In Georgia, you can experience plenty of Southern charm, balmy weather and a bustling metropolis in Atlanta. But one thing about Georgia that is not so peachy is that the state has the tenth highest childhood obesity rate – more than 1 in 3 children is overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The JPB Foundation, is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
Our Work in Georgia
• Healthy Schools Program locations• Healthy Out-of-School Time locations
In Georgia, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
More than 1,200 schools serving over 908,000 students across the state have joined the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 134 Georgia schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
Healthier Generation enlists the help of regional and local partners to create healthier schools. These partners, such as the HealthMPowers in Georgia, receive specialized professional development training from Healthier Generation staff and gain access to Healthier Generation’s customized tools, resources and data that empower them to guide schools to improve physical activity and nutrition policies and practices.
Across the state, we’ve also made it easier for more than 9,200 youth in 80 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more.
In Georgia, every member of the Georgia State Health Plan whose children qualify, has access to the Healthier Generation Benefit program. The Benefit is a program created through an unprecedented coalition of major health insurers, employers and national medical associations to offer health benefits to children and families for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Eligible children have access to at least four follow-up visits with their primary care provider and four visits with a registered dietitian per year.
Watch Luke’s story and learn how the Healthier Generation Benefit enables thousands of families to access comprehensive health benefits that prevent and treat childhood obesity.
Hear from champions from just three of the many schools and partners we work with in Georgia: HealthMPowers, working with the Alliance since 2012; Arthur Williams Middle School, enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2012; and Spout Springs School of Enrichment, enrolled since 2011.
“Our educators have a good working relationship with schools and we can leverage that strength to tie them into the Alliance's resources including their school health experts and assessment tool.”
Christi Kay, President, HealthMPowers, GA
“Our school works closely with Program Manager Mike Stubbs and he connected us to other Alliance staff as we worked through the Healthy Schools Program Framework.”
Rhonda Stuckey, School Nurse, Arthur Williams Middle School, GA
“Working with the Healthy Schools Program has been nothing less than a culture change for our community.”
Tom Adam, Physical Education Teacher, Spout Springs School of Enrichment, GARead more about Tom's success and watch a video below of his leadership at Spout Springs.
See how Physical Education Teacher Tom Adam is building a healthier school environment at Spout Springs School of Enrichment.
Our Healthy Schools Program Manager lives and works in Georgia, supporting our work in schools. Hear from him about the impact we are making in Georgia.
“As a result of increasing physical activity minutes, Healthy Schools Program schools have seen a positive impact on student attendance, behavior issues and test scores across the state.”
Mike Stubbs, Healthy Schools Program Manager, GA
Support Our Work in Georgia
For more than a decade, Healthier Generation has been a catalyst for improving children’s health. Our evidence-based programs, industry agreements and national experts enable us to directly impact more than 20 million children, with a focus on low-income and minority populations who are at increased risk for obesity and other diseases. Read our story and speak with a member our team to learn more about supporting us in building a healthier generation.