Georgia Public Health Dean Invited to Governor’s Advisory Council on Childhood Obesity

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September 6, 2013

Dean Phillip L. Williams, of the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Public Health, has accepted an invitation by Governor Nathan Deal to help guide Georgia's efforts to fight childhood obesity around the state as a part of the newly formed Governor's Advisory Council on Childhood Obesity. The council will advise Governor Deal on the best ways to reduce childhood obesity and overweight, which affects 43 percent of children in Georgia. Council members also will champion the governor's Georgia SHAPE initiative by making childhood obesity a priority for all business, academic, and philanthropic groups and leaders. 

“I am honored to be included among the exceptional group of experts the Governor has brought together to strengthen state efforts to decrease obesity in Georgia’s young people,” Dean Williams said. “I look forward to leveraging UGA’s assets and expertise in obesity research, instruction, and outreach to address this important public health issue.”

The council’s main goal is to move Georgia from having one of the worst rates in the U.S. for childhood obesity to the best rate, an effort that will ultimately ensure the long-term competitiveness and viability of Georgia's future, according to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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