More than a third of the children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese, according to 2010 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fueling an ABC News Twitter Chat among health professions this week, was the need to find real solutions.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia ranks second in the U.S. in childhood obesity. So Georgia’s fight to beat this health crisis among children must continue.
The Paulding County School System is among Georgia school districts landing some knockout punches against childhood obesity. On Friday, March 15, ten different Paulding County schools will receive $1000 a piece to continue funding the youth health program called, Fuel Up To Play 60.
The $10 - thousand dollar grant is provided by United Health Care. The presentation happens during the Healthy Schools Award Luncheon sponsored by both United Health Care and the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association Inc. (SUDIA).
Georgia dairy farmers and Fuel Up To Play 60 have teamed up to tackle the youth obesity problem, and helped set Paulding County students on their journey to health and wellness.
Fuel Up To Play 60 promotes the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle among the region’s youth. Incentives, resources and tools provided by SUDIA encourage students to choose healthier foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods. Fuel Up To Play 60 is a partnership with the National Football League promoting the importance of healthy nutrition and daily physical activities.
The Friday luncheon and award ceremony including school officials, administrators and program organizers, happens at the Ragsdale Inn in Dallas, GA.