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Public Health Districts

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Local and Statewide

  • Georgia Women, Infants & Children (WIC) services are provided through 18 health districts and two contract agencies. Services are provided at over 223 locations including: 174 health departments, 29 community health centers, 13 hospitals, five military bases, and two Division of Family and Children Services (DFACS) offices. Of these locations, 99 sites provide WIC and other services during a WIC visit, 98 provide other services by referral within the same location, and 26 provide other services by referral to another location. Most locations have extended hours.

    WIC serves women, infants, and children in families with income at or below 185 percent of the federally poverty level or enrolled in Medicaid; and who are at risk for nutritional deficiencies. Participant categories consist of pregnant, postpartum and breast-feeding women; infants and children up to their fifth birthday. To apply for WIC services, contact either the State WIC office or your local health department.

  • Strengthening Communities provides Georgians with web-based access to thousands of statewide services. By compiling information from across the state into one comprehensive and accessible database, this gives those seeking help the opportunity to find services that will truly meet their many individual and family needs", says Georgia�s former First Lady Mary Perdue.

  • Georgia Families gives you choices for your health care. Choose a health plan and a Primary Care Provider for each member in your family who is in Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids.

  • The Georgia Volunteer Health Care Program partners with free clinics and service providers across the state to make health care services more accessible to low-income Georgia residents. To access care, please contact a participating clinic in your area from the list and request information on patient eligibility and available services. Updated 12.07.10

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  • Atlanta Bicycle Campaign is a member-supported organization working for better on-road bicycling conditions in the metro-Atlanta region. ABC promotes bicycle transportation, responsible recreational riding, and education for bicyclists and motorists alike. Involvement in regional transportation planning and complementary grass-roots organizations helps them attain their goals.

  • The University of Georgia Family and Consumer Sciences Extension (FACS) educates families to become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible. The Nutrition and Health program works to improve nutrition and exercise habits to decrease risk of chronic disease. The Food Selection and Buying Program strives to teach consumers to make confident and informed selections among alternative foods and evaluates media reports related to the safety and quality of foods. The Family Nutrition Program is an education program directed towards low-income Georgians.

  • Georgia Dietetic Association is the state entity of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the national accrediting body of registered dietitians. GDA supports professional practice groups in various areas of nutrition and disease, including CVD. This site provides information on current legislative issues regarding nutrition, specifically nutritional health care and reimbursement. GDA provides a link to the ADA website. This web site includes information on nutrition education, current news stories, and educational resources.

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General Resources

Schools

  • School Health Index (SHI) is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.

  • Guidelines for School Health Programs to Promote Lifelong Healthy Eating. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Breakfast for Learning provides recent scientific research on the link between children's nutrition and academic learning.

  • Making It Happen! School Nutrition Success Stories illustrates a wide variety of approaches that schools have taken to improve student nutrition and �competitive foods,� the foods and beverages offered outside federally regulated school meal programs. The most consistent theme emerging from these case studies is that students will buy and consume healthful foods and beverages, and schools can make money from healthful options.

  • Team Nutrition's Local Wellness Policy is a guide to help combat childhood obesity. Congress passed a law requiring each local educational agency participating in USDA's school meals programs establish a local wellness policy by the beginning of School Year 2006-07.

  • The Role of Michigan Schools in Promoting Health Weight: A Consensus Paper written by the Office of School Excellence, Michigan Department of Education.

  • Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is a nationwide initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools.

  • International Walk to School in the USA promotes safe walking and bicycling to school throughout the year.

  • KidsWalk-to-School is community-based program developed by CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program that aims to increase opportunities for daily physical activity by encouraging children to walk to and from school in groups accompanied by adults.

  • Coalition for Community Schools is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-12, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy, as well as national, state, and local community school networks. The Coalition advocates for community schools as the vehicle for strengthening schools, families and communities so that together they can improve student learning.

  • The Power of Choice: Helping Youth Make Healthy Eating and Fitness Decisions. This is a guide intended for after-school program leaders working with young adolescents.

  • Fruits and Vegetables Galore: Helping Kids Eat More is tool for school food service professionals packed with tips on planning, purchasing, protecting, preparing, presenting and promoting fruits and vegetables.


  • Sports, Play and Recreation for Active Kids (SPARK) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated in creating, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote wellness. SPARK provides information on a collection of exemplary, research-based physical activity programs including: elementary physical education, self-management, middle school age, active recreation, and early childhood.

  • National School Boards Association, School Health Programs web site is designed to help school policymakers and educators make informed decisions about health issues affecting the academic achievement and healthy development of students and the effective operation of schools.

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Worksites

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Communities-at-Large

  • Active Community Environments Initiative (ACES), a CDC program, promotes walking, bicycling, and the development of accessible recreation facilities.

  • Active Living by Design is a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a part of the UNC School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC. This program establishes innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies.

  • The Food Trust ensures that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. Founded in 1992, the Trust works to improve the health of children and adults, promote good nutrition, increase access to nutritious foods, and advocate for better public policy.

  • FirstGov is the U.S. Government's official web portal for food, nutrition, and fitness web resources.

  • Kids a Cookin', developed by Kansas State Extension Food Nutrition Program, shares the fun and skills of cooking with children, and those who guide them. It includes cooking terms, recipes, and tips and techniques.

  • Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) provides a directory to credible, accurate, and practical resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel.

  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a 13-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching America's communities and countryside by creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors.

  • PATH Foundation has built over 20 miles of greenway trails in Atlanta. PATH is dedicated to building trails so that all Atlanta residents have the opportunity for safe recreation and non-polluting transportation. This site contains greenway trail information for the state of Georgia, focusing on metro Atlanta.

  • Environmental Nutrition and Activity Strategies Tool (ENACT) is a concrete menu of strategies designed to help you improve nutrition and activity environments on a local level. Each strategy is complemented by practical �how-to� information for implementation, including tools, resources, articles, model policies and programs. ENACT was developed by the Strategic Alliance for Healthy Food and Activity Environments, a coalition of nutrition and physical activity advocates that serves as an independent voice that is separate from, but able to influence, government and industry.

  • Health Policy Coach, created by the Center for Health Improvement,  provides evidence-based, peer-reviewed policy guidance and resources to support advocacy and decision-making at the state and local levels, on a variety of topics including nutrition, physical activity and obesity in a number of settings.

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases is designed to help states prevent obesity and other chronic diseases by addressing two closely related factors--poor nutrition and inadequate physical activity. Currently 28 states are funded under this program.

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Faith-Based Communities

  • Interfaith Health Program (IHP) builds and nurtures broad, rich, and deep networks for learning within and across health and faith systems--locally, nationally, and globally.

  • Walk by Faith aims to support good health among Michigan faith leaders and their congregations by acting as a resource tool for access to relevant information about a variety of health topics.

  • Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives (CFBCI) is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to create an environment within the Department (HHS) that welcomes the participation of faith-based and community-based organizations as valued and essential partners assisting Americans in need.

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Families

  • Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids is a nutrition and activity guide for parents, in both English and Spanish developed by the American Dietetic Association and WellPoint.

  • Jump Up and Go! is an initiative developed by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts designed to encourage young people to learn about the importance of proper nutrition and regular exercise.

  • Kids a Cookin', developed by Kansas State Extension Food Nutrition Program, shares the fun and skills of cooking with children, and those who guide them. It includes cooking terms, recipes, and tips and techniques.

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Healthcare

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Legislative Database

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National Guidelines

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a nonprofit organization under the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AHPERD) organization. NASPE provides information on knowledge and professional practice in sport and physical activity. Information is provided through scientific study and dissemination of research-based and experimental knowledge to members and the public.

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Working with Media and Social Marketing

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Live Healthy Georgia is an initiative sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health