Local universities receive grants to help fight obesity

jmink@macon.comOctober 31, 2013 

Two middle Georgia universities recently snagged grants to help fight obesity.

Georgia College and State University’s Center for Health and Social Issues received a three-year grant from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The university will receive $150,000 during the first year of the grant, $100,000 during the second year and $75,000 during the third year.

The center will use some of the grant to increase physical activity in local schools. The grant also will be used to help turn abandoned properties into more productive spaces and make Milledgeville a more bicycle-friendly city, according to a news release.

Additionally, Fort Valley State University received a $248,000 United States Department of Agriculture Grant for its Rural Sustainable 4-H Technology and Obesity Prevention program, according to a statement from U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Ga.

The program promotes volunteerism and encourages graduates to mentor youths in their communities, according to the news release.

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