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March 06, 2015 10:00 ET

Health Connect South Radio on Midtown Business RadioX Spotlights GeorgiaSHAPE

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - March 06, 2015) - On February 10, 2015, Health Connect South Radio host CW Hall featured a special panel discussion about childhood obesity. Participating in this roundtable was Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Dr. John Bare with the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, Dr. Emily Vall and Deborah Kibbie with GeorgiaSHAPE, Diana Keough with ShareWIK Media Group, Therese McGuire with the Georgia Department of Education and Wendy McDowell with Carrollton Elementary School.

Citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control regarding childhood obesity in the U.S., the panel focused on the alarming trends and ways to act now to reverse trends in children. Dr. Fitzgerald serves as the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and oversees a program called GeorgiaSHAPE. This program provides research-supported recommendations for Georgia schools to incorporate an additional 30 minutes of physical activity in the course of a day.

"You need to remember that yes, there had been an increase throughout the country [in childhood obesity]. But, Georgia, as far as childhood obesity -- we were the second worst state in the entire country," explained Dr. Fitzgerald. "Only 19% of Georgia's children were able to do all physical fitness tests... So, clearly, this became the governor's main interest because we knew unhealthy kids, of course, would lead to unhealthy adults."

The goal is to enroll the roughly 1300 state-wide grade schools into the program to help reduce obesity and improve academic performance.  Participating schools receive funds to support the program and also gain access to grants through philanthropic organizations such as the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation.

Others in the panel discussion shared research findings regarding the value of physical activity as it relates to brain function and, correspondingly, math, reading, and spelling performance among young students.  Currently, only one-third of Georgia's schools are enrolled to participate in this important program that has clear, far-reaching benefits for young people and community health.

To hear the full panel discussion and learn more about GeorgiaSHAPE, tune in to Health Connect South Radio.

About Health Connect South:

The mission of Health Connect South is to serve the health community as a sustainable platform for regional health collaborations. Through our collective work, we seek to broadly define and advance the Southeast's role in the future of health. Serving as a gateway between health industry silos, we seek to provide unique and meaningful partnership opportunities in health. We will advance our mission by bringing together top-tier health leaders and innovators across disciplines to engage each other in collaborative conversations focused on meeting identified health needs through leveraging supporting ideas and institutions. Join host CW Hall every Tuesday at 9am Eastern to listen LIVE to Health Connect South RADIO, sponsored by ShareWIK Media Group, a health and wellness content creation company.

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