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Georgia’s New Health Promotion Program Emphasizes Exercise

The governor and Georgia Department of Public Health’s new childhood obesity initiative, Georgia SHAPE, which launched last week, gives Georgia health clubs offering children’s programming an opportunity to promote their programs via an online directory for parents looking for fitness in their area.

The Georgia Student Health and Physical Education Program (Georgia SHAPE) is a statewide campaign to reduce childhood obesity, combining the efforts of government, charities, academic institutions and businesses. 

To help reach its goal of increasing physical activity, Georgia SHAPE hosts a new online fitness directory, where visitors can enter their ZIP codes and the number of miles they are willing to travel. Based on the information provided, a list of area fitness programs will populate, along with details about each.

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65 percent of Georgia adults are overweight or obese, and 21.3 percent of children are obese. The state pays over $2 billion dollars per year in obesity-related medical expenses and is projected to spend over $10 billion by 2018 if current trends continue.


Facing Deficits, More States Consider Sales Tax on Memberships

Budgets and deficits are the main agenda items for many state legislatures in 2011, as massive fiscal problems affect states throughout the country. Wisconsin and Indiana have garnered significant media attention in the past two weeks for their high profile attempts to slash state spending, however, IHRSA is also seeing an old trend resurge with a renewed fury: sales tax impositions.

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