Grant helps prevent childhood obesity - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Grant helps prevent childhood obesity

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Salmonella outbreak trial coverage from Albany, GA

    Salmonella outbreak trial coverage from Albany, GA

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:00:31 GMT
    The federal courthouse in Albany, GAThe federal courthouse in Albany, GA
    The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia began Thursday.More >>
    The trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia began Thursday.More >>
  • Breaking

    Jury struck in salmonella outbreak trial

    Jury struck in salmonella outbreak trial

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:50:27 GMT
    Sign at the Peanut Corporation of AmericaSign at the Peanut Corporation of America
    A jury is expected to be struck Thursday morning in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia.More >>
    A jury is expected to be struck Thursday morning in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a peanut plant in Georgia.More >>
  • Campaign to help adults go back to college

    Campaign to help adults go back to college

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:55 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:55:40 GMT
    Georgia officials are teaming up with the state's universities and technical colleges to get adults back in School. The campaign will help returning students with scheduling and course selection.More >>
    Georgia officials are teaming up with the state's universities and technical colleges to get adults back in School. The campaign will help returning students with scheduling and course selection.More >>
COLQUITT COUNTY, 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.

Copyright 2012 WALB.  All rights reserved.