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Partnership leads to grant money for healthier living

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 9, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Five south Georgia organizations will split $20,000 to promote healthier eating and physical activity in southwest Georgia.

The money is made possible through the Emory Prevention Research Center and the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition. The partnership is in its fourth year and enables the organizations to carry out one of four prevention programs aimed at improving the communities health through better nutrition and physical activity.

"These programs are through local organizations that people already know and trust such as their local church or perhaps a place where they work and then they are already comfortable with the people providing the information," said Diane Fletcher, Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition CEO.

In southwest Georgia's 33 counties there's a higher than average cancer rate and a higher rate of cancer deaths.

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