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Churches/Businesses to encourage better eating habits

February 23, 2007

Albany - A group from Emory University gave $28,000 to South Georgia churches and businesses to teach people how to eat better.

The Body and Soul program will be implemented in four churches in Southwest Georgia. It's designed to encourage church members to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. The goal is to reduce the possibility of diseases like cancer in its members.

Three businesses will also participate in a Treatwell 5-A-Day program. They'll try to get employees and their families to eat healthier and even make changes in the food choices at the company cafeteria.

Michelle Kegler with the Emory Prevention Research Center says, "You need to work in a community to really make a difference in public health so it was natural for us to work with Southwest Georgia."

Each of the churches and businesses will get $4,000 to use for motivational tools like a family newsletter and family festival.

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