(NORCROSS, GA)— HealthMPowers today announced that it is one of five partners funded as part of the competitive Centers for Disease Control (CDC) State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) grant program. SPAN is a five-year program to implement evidence-based, community-focused strategies aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles and addressing health disparities related to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and obesity.
“We’re thrilled to partner alongside the Georgia Health Policy Center, Quality Care for Children, Wholesome Wave Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life initiative, the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other state agencies and community partners to develop and implement a statewide strategy,” said Jennifer L. Owens, President and CEO of HealthMPowers.
Obesity continues to be the number one health condition faced by Georgia’s children and youth. Only a fraction of Georgians of all ages meet the CDC’s recommended daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, or are physically active for the recommended 60 minutes a day.
“This grant from the CDC will position Georgia to focus on community-level strategies to increase access to nutritious foods, and opportunities for regular physical activity,” added Owens. “Specifically, our emphasis will be on leading the physical activity working group, looking at strategies and opportunities to make physical activity safe, accessible, and more readily available in communities across Georgia. This builds on our nearly 25-year history of advocacy and programming focused on physical activity. It is an excellent fit for HealthMPowers to further our impact into community-level strategies and we are honored to be a part of this very exciting 5-year initiative.”
HealthMPowers has significant expertise in large-scale physical activity promotion including involvement in the passage of the Georgia SHAPE Act, the development, implementation and training of the state FitnessGram® assessment, and through programs such as the Girls Empowering Movement (GEM), Power Up for 30, and expansive school-based programming on physical activity initiatives as part of the SNAP-Ed program.
The five-year CDC SPAN grant includes a focus on nutrition, physical activity, breastfeeding, and early care with a focus on health equity. For more about the CDC SPAN grant, awarded to 17 other states, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/state-local-programs/span/span-2023.html
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HealthMPowers is a Georgia-based nonprofit that champions healthy habits to transform the environments where children live, learn and play. To learn more, visit HealthMPowers.org.