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State working to combat childhood obesity

11/01/13--4:15 p.m.

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

Despite improvements made statewide in recent years, childhood obesity continues to remain an issue in Georgia according to numbers from the State Department of Public Health.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health spoke to the Rome Rotary Club this week on what her department is doing to try to combat this epidemic among the youngest of Georgians.

A study shows that currently Georgia is the 7th worst state when it comes to childhood obesity rates. Only four years ago, the state was next to last in the obesity rate for children.

Dr. Fitzgerald explained that the battle against the issue of childhood obesity has been tops of the list of projects for Governor Nathan Deal.

“We believe that we need to have an extensive public-private partnership that involves everyone from the Georgia Hospital Association, the Academy of Pediatricians, Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta, Department of Public Health, the Department of Agriculture,” said Dr. Fitzgerald.

“We really need everyone involved in this.”

During her remarks to Rome Rotarians, the Commissioner championed school system partnerships in using any resource or time period possible to ensure that children remain active and physically fit.

Dr. Fitzgerald directly related student performance to being active and having physical activity during the school day.