Lt. Governor Cagle’s Healthy Kids Georgia, Georgia Shape and Georgia Department of Public Health Launch Inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards

October 5, 2016

(ATLANTA) – Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Healthy Kids Georgia program, Georgia Shape and the Georgia Department of Public Health are teaming up to recognize the Peach State’s top wellness ambassadors across non-profits, municipalities and school districts. The inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards will be hosted at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta on Oct. 10.

The Healthy Georgia Awards are designed to recognize those organizations who deliver extraordinary results promoting and fostering health and wellness among Georgia’s youth. Three awards, Innovation, All Star and Legacy, will be given across each of the sectors. Nine awards will be presented.

“We’re excited to partner with Georgia Shape and the Georgia Department of Health to present the inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards,” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “This is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the successful and dedicated efforts in childhood health and wellness across the great state of Georgia.”

“The inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards further emphasize the importance of child health and wellness in Georgia,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “By recognizing health and wellness champions in communities throughout Georgia, this partnership highlights the work being done at all levels to combat childhood obesity and inactivity and the positive impact it will have on future generations.”

To RSVP your attendance to the inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards, please contact Payton Reisinger at or (404) 656-5030. 

Healthy Georgia Awards sponsors include: College Football Hall of Fame, Kaiser Permanente, Amerigroup, Arby’s Foundation, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Coca-Cola Company, Dole Packaged Foods, Eventologie, Georgia Beverage  Association, PepsiCo, Ross Knight Photography + CODY Camera Station, Tyler Perry Studios, Verizon and YMCA.

About Healthy Kids Georgia

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle'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. 

About Georgia Shape

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.

About The Georgia Department of Public Health

The Georgia Department of Public Health is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective. In 2011, the General Assembly restored DPH to its own state agency after more than 30 years of consolidation with other departments. At the state level, DPH functions through numerous divisions, sections, programs and offices. Locally, DPH funds and collaborates with Georgia’s 159 county health departments and 18 public health districts. Through the changes, the mission has remained constant – to protect the lives of all Georgians. Today, DPH’s main functions include: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, Infectious Disease and Immunization, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emergency Medical Services, Pharmacy, Nursing, Volunteer Health Care, the Office of Health Equity, Vital Records, and the State Public Health Laboratory. For more information about DPH, visit


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