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
In Georgia, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
More than 1,200 schools serving over 959,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, 140 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 11,500 youth in 94 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more.
Hear from champions from just two of the many schools and partners we work with in Georgia: HealthMPowers, working with Healthier Generation since 2012; and Spout Springs School of Enrichment, enrolled since 2011.