Families learned how to make snacks that aren't sugar filled and received book bags for returning school children at the Fourth Annual Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S) Back to School Fitness Fun day. The event took place in DeKalb County's Exchange Park on Saturday, July 26th. The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) partnered with the twelve year old organization, and DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson, to give more than 600 children book bags filled with supplies.
FDHA's Chief of Health Policy and Administration (CHAPS) Keri Norris, Ph.D. spoke to the children and their families. Attendees also participated in fitness demonstrations and learned new food preparation techniques from nutrition exhibits. Outdoor sports activities gave children a chance to run and play before going into classrooms to start studies.
C.H.O.I.C.E.S. and the FDHA executives say the day made a difference in the ongoing fight to decrease childhood obesity rates in Georgia through education. According to the University of Georgia's Obesity Initiative this state ranks second in the nation for childhood obesity. Nearly 40% of all children in Georgia are overweight or obese.
For more information about this year's event and pictures visit the C.H.O.I.C.E. facebook page at www.facebook.com/choicesforkids.
The next C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Let's Move! Fun Day takes place at Exchange Park on July 25, 2015.