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Emory Center awards South Georgia health grants

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Four South Georgia community organizations are getting grants to promote better health and fight cancer.

The Emory Prevention Research Center gave out 32 thousand dollars in grants to four South Georgia organizations.

The Tift County School System child health program got eight thousand dollars to promote nutrition and physical activity.

The Thomasville Community Resource Center will do the same in their after school program.

The Network of Trust School Health Program in Albany for a youth tobacco prevention program.

And the Oakridge Baptist Church's body and soul program will teach nutritional lessons to it's members.

Cancer Coalition leaders say these programs will fight cancer.  Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition CEO Diane Fletcher said  "Those are the best ways we know to improve people's health. By reducing tobacco use, of course stop smoking, eating a healthy diet and becoming more active."

Southwest Georgia has a higher rate of cancer and higher number of cancer deaths than any other region of the state. Emory says they give the cancer grant money to local organizations, because they know the area and it's problems best.

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