Healthy Kids Georgia


 Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Healthy Kids Georgia, Georgia SHAPE and Georgia Department of Public Health recognized nine organizations at the Inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards on October 10th at the College Football Hall of Fame in Downtown Atlanta.

Event Overview

The Healthy Georgia Award was given across 3 sectors - non-profits, communities, and school districts in Georgia who are performing extraordinary work to promote and execute youth health and wellness. The Award was presented by the Office of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Georgia S.H.A.P.E., and Georgia Department of Public Health.

9 total awards were given with 3 awards within each sector –

Innovation Award winners are revolutionaries and groundbreakers who achieve impact through creative thought and outside the box action.  Championing for health and wellness within their own communities, they aim to transform traditional methods, perspectives and approaches while celebrating diversity.

All Star Award winners recognize the acclaimed organizations working at forefront of Georgia’s health and wellness movement.  They are celebrated figures noted for their advocacy and extreme accomplishments within the public-realm.  Revered leaders among the community at large, there are multiple partnerships with measure impact of programming.  

The Legacy Award celebrates people of enduring impact whose robust efforts have helped to shape the landscape of health, nutrition and safety in Georgia.  They are community role models, respected leaders and key stakeholders dedicated to cultivating a climate of continual growth and advancement within the arena of health and wellness through helping others and implementing best practices for others to flourish.

2016 Healthy Georgia Awards Press Room

The Inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards press release can be found here.

2016 Healthy Georgia Awards Photographs

The Inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards photos can be found here.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

College Football Hall of Fame - Host Sponsor

Kaiser Permanente - VIP Reception Sponsor

Amerigroup - Arby's Foundation - Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - The Coca-Cola Company - Dole Packaged Foods - Eventologie - Georgia Beverage Assn - PepsiCo - Ross Knight Photography + CODY Camera Station - Tyler Perry Studios - Verizon - WebMD - YMCA

Captain Planet Foundation - Georgia Center for Non-Profits - Royal Food Services - Dr. David Satcher and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine -  Southern Journal Magazine - UGA Dept. of Public Health

For more information about this event, please contact Roy Neill at

Be Healthy Georgia Festival Archives:

Atlanta Festival                                                

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016: View all event photographs at

2012: View the event video here!

Dahlonega Festival

2015: View all event photographs at

About the Healthy Kids Georgia Program

Lt. Governor's "Healthy Kids Georgia" program is a collaboration of the Office of Lieutenant Governor, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, and other corporate and community partners.  Formed in 2010 to address the epidemic levels of childhood obesity in Georgia and the serious physical and emotional consequences of the problem, the program encourages schools to partner with their local communities and the Healthy Schools program to confront the childhood obesity crisis by implementing health and wellness programs in Georgia’s schools. 

As Lt. Governor, I want to challenge our superintendants, principals, and parents to help create healthier environments in their schools by becoming a  part of the Healthy Schools Program.  I will personally recognize every school that enrolls in this program for their commitment to healthy kids.  I am confident with leadership and motivation across Georgia we can change the culture surrounding health and physical fitness in our schools.

Lastly, through Public Private Partnerships, Healthy Kids Georgia is the conduit for corporate support strategies to be implemented throughout the state upholding the mission to increase awareness and participation for healthy living lifestyles.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program

"As Lt. Governor I am gravely concerned with Georgia’s ever increasing childhood obesity rates. By third grade nearly a quarter of children in Georgia are considered obese, and almost half of children ages 10 to 14 fail to meet the national recommended level of physical activity. It’s time we reverse these trends.”

The Healthy Schools Program is an initiative of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit founded in 2005 by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. One of the country’s most extensive childhood obesity prevention efforts, Healthy Schools Program schools are making significant changes in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity and staff wellness to help tomorrow’s generation be healthier. The Healthy Schools Program provides assistance at no cost – guiding participants to resources that help them make healthy changes in nutrition, physical activity and health education so students and staff can lead healthier lives.

The Healthy Schools Program works with more than 15,000 schools across the United States, including more than 800 schools in Georgia.

Join the Healthy Schools Program

To help your schools take advantage of this helpful opportunity, please contact Mike Stubbs, Georgia's Healthy School Program Manager at or 912.656.5662.

Or enroll today by visiting the Healthy Schools Program:

Success Stories

We want to hear about what your school is doing to promote a healthy school environment.  Send us your picture and letters, and your school success story could appear here. Contact us to share your stories!

Sites of Interest

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Georgia Childern's Health Alliance

Georgia Health Policy Center

Contact Us

For questions regarding Healthy Kids Georgia, please feel free to contact Roy Neill at