Georgia Shape is the Governor’s statewide, multi-agency and multi-dimensional initiative that brings together governmental, philanthropic, academic and business communities to address childhood (0-18) obesity in Georgia. Over the next ten years Georgia Shape will work towards increasing the number of students in the Healthy Fitness Zone for Body Mass Index by ten percent. Other objectives set forth by the Governor and Georgia Shape include reaching disparate populations, increasing the aerobic capacity measure of Georgia’s youth, increasing the breast feeding rate across Georgia, and increasing the number of early care centers that excel in nutrition and physical activity measures.
Georgia Shape was launched in 2012 by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), and includes strategies for addressing obesity from birth through age 18 involving statewide, coordinated efforts with targeted communication strategies and multiple partnerships among other state government agencies, private foundations, healthcare providers, professional athletic teams, and private companies. Efforts focus on schools, communities, child care centers, government and policy agencies, businesses, hospitals, and medical practices. Georgia Shape grew from the mandate passed in 2009 requiring all public school students in grades 1st-12th enrolled in physical education to participate in the Fitnessgram fitness test (which was recently named the national standardized fitness assessment). Georgia Shape, the Georgia Department of Education, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and HealthMPowers worked together to effectively train physical educators across the state how to successfully implement the Fitnessgram assessment in their school setting. Training is still available through webinars and booster sessions are conducted as needed.
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HOW IS GEORGIA SHAPE GOVERNED AND MANAGED?
Georgia Shape is governed by the 16 member Governor’s Advisory Council on Childhood Obesity.
The various programs, work, strategies, and initiatives are divided into 5 different areas: Data Collection, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Marketing and Communications, and Healthcare. Each sub group is comprised of council members, academic experts, community experts, and subject-matter professionals.
The 2015 National Superintendent of the Year invites all Georgia Administrators to Sign the Pledge.
Georgia Shape recognized by Harvard Kennedy School
Georgia Shape is a statewide, multiagency, multidimensional initiative that brings together governmental, philanthropic, academic, and business communities to address childhood obesity. By forming deep and meaningful relationships with partners across the state, Georgia Shape is able to create health-related change throughout Georgia.
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