The Greater Southeast Affiliate Advocacy Team fights heart disease and stroke in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health announced a plan this week to collaborate with the Department of Education to add 30 minutes of physical activity to the school day for every elementary school child. This is great news for Georgia children!
According to Dr. Fitzgerald, childhood obesity is the state's number one public health challenge. Recent national studies indicate that Georgia was only one of ten states to have a childhood obesity rate above 20 percent as of the summer of 2011. Furthermore, studies project that Georgia will have an adult obesity rate above 50 percent by 2030 if obesity continues growing statewide at its current rate. By providing our children with more physical activity, we’re improving their health. Regular physical activity is associated with a healthier, longer life and lower risk of cardiovascular diseases and its risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Who wouldn’t want that for their children?