Georgia’s Wellness Ambassadors Celebrated with Inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards

October 13, 2016

(ATLANTA) – The inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards were presented by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Healthy Kids Georgia, Georgia SHAPE and the Georgia Department of Public Health at the College Football Hall of Fame on Oct. 10.

The Healthy Georgia Awards recognized nine organizations across Georgia non-profits, communities and school districts for their extraordinary results in promoting and fostering health and wellness among Georgia’s youth. Three awards, Innovation, All Star and Legacy, were given across each sector.

“It was a tremendous honor to recognize the great people, teams and organizations in our state who so effectively advocate healthy lifestyles among our future generations.” said Lt. Governor Cagle. “Congratulations to the inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards winners and to all those that applied. We applaud your exceptional work.”

“The health of our children is improving as shown by positive changes in body mass index each year over the last three years,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “With the help of the Healthy Georgia Award winners, and so many others around the state, we are changing the lives of countless Georgia children.”

2016 Healthy Georgia Awards Winners

Georgia Non-Profits

Legacy: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

All Star: HealthMPowers

Innovation: Georgia Organics

Georgia Communities

Legacy: Healthy Savannah

All Star: Live Healthy Baldwin

Innovation: Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy Live Well Initiative

Georgia School Districts

Legacy: Carrollton City Schools

All Star: Hall County Schools

Innovation: Atlanta Public Schools

Learn more about the award categories here.

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 BMI 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. 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