Georgia Shape, former Gov. Nathan Deal’s childhood obesity initiative, was initiated in 2012 to address the poor health status of Georgia’s kids and adolescents, who rank 17th in the nation for childhood obesity. Small grants to public schools totaling more than $480,000 have impacted physical activity and nutrition behaviors and environments at schools throughout Georgia.
Georgia Shape works to implement health-promoting strategies, such as daily recess, improved nutrition knowledge, school gardens, and more opportunities for moderate to vigorous physical activity. This is achieved through coordinated efforts and partnerships with state government agencies, the business community, philanthropic organizations, health care providers, and academic organizations, including Georgia State University.
The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) team and partners have provided technical assistance to more than 147 Georgia elementary, middle, and high schools in 57 different school districts through Georgia Shape grants. Ultimately, GHPC works to ensure the collective technical assistance services provided will guide each grantee to institute effective and sustainable physical activity and nutrition policy, systems, and environmental changes that are desirable for students, staff, administrators, parents, and community partners.
The technical assistance process for Shape grantees includes four primary components: initial intake assessment, a two-day School Health Summit for all grantees to plan action, individualized technical assistance based on initial assessment results and summit planning, and peer learning to enhance sustainability.
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- GHPC to Assist 21 Schools with Implementing Shape Health Grants
- Physical Activity and Nutrition Toolkit
- GHPC Begins Work With 8th Round of Georgia Shape Grantees
- Leading the Way in Preventing Childhood Obesity in Georgia
- Systems Thinking and Simulation Modeling to Inform Childhood Obesity Policy and Practice
- Improving School Physical Activity and Nutrition Environments One Mini-Grant at a Time