Grant helps prevent childhood obesity

COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - A $2.5 million federal grant will help prevent childhood obesity in Colquitt County.

UGA researchers got the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food Agriculture to reduce childhood obesity in Georgia communities.

The program will engage 600 third graders by including their families, schools and community.

Researchers will follow them over five years, measuring their height and weight, and educating them.

Emily Watson, UGA Archway Public Health Professional says, "we will be doing family night to include parents and other siblings, so lots of things, but ultimately we are looking at what we can offer that actually had a positive impact on educing childhood obesity."

The student will participate in a school curriculum that will promote healthy eating habits and physical activity and teach them how to share the lessons they learn with their families. The curriculum will be delivered to the classrooms in the Spring.

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