The communitywide program Live Healthy Baldwin, coordinated through Georgia College’s Center for Health and Social Issues (CHSI), received top honors in the state at the Healthy Georgia Awards ceremony. Hosted by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s Healthy Kids Georgia, the Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia Shape, the inaugural awards recognize successful efforts in childhood health and wellness from across the state.
The Healthy Georgia Awards acknowledged the work of nine nonprofits, municipalities and school districts for their extraordinary results in promoting and fostering health and wellness among Georgia’s youth. Three awards, Innovation, All Star and Legacy, were given across each sector.
Live Healthy Baldwin received the All Star Award in the municipalities category. The All Star Award recognizes acclaimed organizations working at forefront of Georgia's health and wellness movement.
“It was a tremendous honor to recognize the great people, teams and organizations in our state who so effectively advocate healthy lifestyles among our future generations.” said Cagle. “Congratulations to the inaugural Healthy Georgia Awards winners and to all those that applied. We applaud your exceptional work.”
Live Healthy Baldwin is a communitywide initiative whose goal is reversing the childhood obesity epidemic among at-risk children. The purpose of the project is to increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity by providing the Baldwin County area with access to healthy and affordable foods, along with developing a community that is supportive of forms of active transportation, such as bicycling.
Dr. Jim Lidstone, director of CHSI, Janet Cavin, Tom Glover and Alexis Haggerty represented Live Healthy Baldwin at the awards ceremony.
“It was humbling to share the podium with people and organizations that I have looked up to for a long time” said Lidstone, who formed Live Healthy Baldwin in 2010. “It is gratifying to be recognized for the difference we are making in Milledgeville/Baldwin County, but it couldn’t be done without the work of our partner organizations. This is a total team award that I accept on behalf of the Live Healthy Baldwin Coalition.”
Live Healthy Baldwin’s focus is to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in Baldwin County by 2020 through policy and environmental change aimed at creating opportunities for physical activity and increasing access to healthy food.
More information on Live Healthy Baldwin can be found here.
Details on the awards ceremony, held Oct. 10, can be found here.