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July 23, 2013

Baldwin Co. Family Connection aims for lower childhood obesity rates

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

According to GaFCP, Georgia spends $2.4 billion each year treating obesity-related diseases, and for the first time in U.S. history, children are expected to live shorter lives than their parents due to the consequences of obesity. Also more than 70 percent of Georgia’s children are moving on to the fourth grade without learning to read proficiently, which puts them on the dropout track.

“About 62 percent of third-graders in Baldwin County are obese. Live Healthy Baldwin has already been fully established for several years focusing on the childhood obesity issue in Baldwin County so we thought we had a wonderful partner in this already,” Cavin said. “Throughout our strategic planning process, we will do an overall community assessment, look at challenges and the group of people that need more attention. We will work on this for the next three to five years to hopefully significantly reduce the percentage of children considered obese. But we can’t make a difference unless the whole community gets behind this.”

For more information about the pilot program visit www.gafcp.org.

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