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South Health District discusses importance, future of public health

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Juvenile diabetes is continuing to grow at an alarming rate in South Georgia.

Department of Public Health South Health District's District Health Director, Dr. William Grow, emphasized that point during the district's legislative luncheon Thursday.

Dr. Grow said changing kids eating habits and getting them involved in physical activity are two ways to reverse this trend, both of which are becoming big focal points within public health.

"Children are getting diabetes at an astounding rate that's almost epidemic," Dr. Grow noted. "It's related to obesity, that's related to nutrition and physical activity, and this is becoming more and more a priority on a daily basis in public health."

Dr. Grow also emphasized that public health will continue to become more about wellness and less about healing in the future

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