Healthy Kids Georgia

​8th Annual Be Healthy Georgia Festival & Kids Run

Join us for our 8th Annual Be Healthy Georgia Festival held in conjunction with the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon. This FREE family event at Pemberton Place adjacent to Downtown Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park kicks off with Atlanta Track Club's One Mile Fun Run (ages 7-14) and 50m Dash (6 & under) followed by more fun and games in the plaza area. 

Win a Scholarship

Healthy Kids Georgia will award the Top 3 organizations with the most particpants on race day with a scholarship.

1st Place: $1,500 / 2nd Place: $1,000 / 3rd Place: $750

REGISTRATION: Visit the Atlanta Track Club online HERE.

*Event is rain or shine.

Atlanta Festival                                     

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017: View all event photographs here.

2013: View the event video here.

2012: View the event video here

Dahlonega Festival

2015: View all event photographs here.

The Healthy Georgia Awards are given across 3 sectors - non-profits, municipalities and school districts in Georgia who are performing extraordinary work to promote and execute youth health and wellness.

Three awards are given for each category  –

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.

2017 Healthy Georgia Awards

The Second Annual Healthy Georgia Awards: Press Release can be found here. Event photos can be found here

2016 Healthy Georgia Awards 

The Inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards: Press Release can be found here. Event photos can be found here.

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