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Georgia will get millions for health programs

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Millions of dollars are on the way to Georgia for health programs. $2.4 Million in federal money will go to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, reduce obesity and decrease smoking.

It's part of an initiative to prevent health problems and promote wellness. The money will be split in half. Part will go for tobacco cessation programs, the rest toward other health related issues.

Eddie McBride with Phoebe's Network of trust says it's important kids start eating healthy and exercising now.  He said, "We want to hopefully empower the kids to sit there and talk to their parents and say I need to eat healthy, I need to exercise and hopefully by getting to them, they can have their parents make good choices and so, kind of hoping to empower the kids, give the kids the resources, the knowledge, so that maybe they can affect their family members."

The money is part of recovery act funds distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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