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By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Researchers at a Georgia university are working with south Georgia churches to reduce obesity rates and help keep us healthy.

Obesity is linked to diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.

To combat obesity in Southwest Georgia, Emory University is reaching out to the faith based community.

The university interviewed more than 500 people from churches in our area to figure out what kind of programs have helped them.

Officials say churches can help more than just a person's soul.

Darrell Sabbs from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital was involved with the research group.  He said, "our churches mean so much to us. It helps to strengthen the mind, the body and the soul. And when it comes to health, many of our churches have strong health promotion ministries."

To help bring churches together to exchange ideas about how to start their own health ministries, the Emory Prevention Research Center is hosting a meeting for all interested churches Thursday night.

It begins at 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Albany.

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