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Healthcare Georgia Foundation Announces over $1.1 Million in Statewide Grants



  Toni Almasy
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                       Grants Specifically Target Childhood Overweight and Physical Inactivity

Atlanta, Georgia – May 31, 2006 –
Healthcare Georgia Foundation today announced its most recent round of grantmaking, awarding over $1,175,000 to 7 nonprofit health organizations and programs in Georgia. The Foundation’s grantmaking specifically addresses Georgia’s growing epidemic of childhood overweight and obesity.

“With one-third of Georgia’s children overweight or at risk of becoming so, we can’t ignore the health consequences that many of our children and youth are facing,” said Gary Nelson, president of Healthcare Georgia Foundation. “Our Childhood Physical Activity Program (C-PAN) aims to engage all members of our community to seek effective, sustainable solutions that benefit Georgia’s children. We will continue to leverage our resources to build statewide support for organizations and programs addressing this pressing health issue.”

The Foundation’s most recent grant awards include:
Board of Regents of the
University System of Georgia
Support to provide program evaluation and technical assistance support to Foundation grantees participating in the Childhood Physical Activity and Nutrition Grant Program (CPAN).
Kids Health Inc. The Center for School Health Education
Support to implement a school-based health education physical activity and nutrition program for elementary and middle school youth in Walton and Greene counties.
Lowndes County Board of
Support to implement a health education program to increase physical activity and nutrition in Valdosta County Middle School and Lowndes County Middle School.
Northwest Georgia Healthcare
Partnership, Inc.

Support to implement a school-based health education physical activity and nutrition program in Murray, Whitfield and Dalton public schools.
Phoebe Putney Memorial

Support to implement a school-based physical activity and nutrition program for middle school students in Albany, Georgia.
US Disabled Athletes Fund, Inc.


Support to develop and implement a community and a school-based physical activity and nutrition program for disabled children (K-8) in two Georgia communities.
YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta  
Support to expand implementation of a school-based physical
activity and nutrition program for elementary students in Coweta, Fayette and Henry Counties.
Total $1,175,000


About Healthcare Georgia Foundation
Healthcare Georgia Foundation is a statewide, private independent foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. Through its strategic grantmaking, Healthcare Georgia Foundation supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia. For more information, please visit the Foundation online at: