Fighting Obesity

first_imgThe University of Georgia has been awarded a two-year, $1.25 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to boost obesity prevention efforts in Georgia’s most affected rural counties, Calhoun and Taliaferro.UGA will work with county leaders and local stakeholders to improve nutrition and increase physical activity in projects called Healthier Together Calhoun and Healthier Together Taliaferro.Land-grant colleges and universities, located in states with counties with an adult obesity prevalence of over 40 percent, were able to apply for the special funding available through the CDC’s Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas.”To have a major impact on obesity, we must involve multiple sectors within communities – elected officials, churches, businesses, grocery stores and local health departments – and use multiple strategies,” said Marsha Davis, principal investigator of the project and associate dean of outreach and engagement at the UGA College of Public Health.The project will be led by the College of Public Health and UGA Cooperative Extension, an outreach unit of the university supported by specialists in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Additional partners include UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a public service and outreach unit; local, district and state UGA Extension offices; local community organizations; and local, district and state public health departments.The primary goal of the project is to implement environmental changes to promote healthy eating and physical activity in places where children, youth and families spend their time. Proposed interventions involve working with schools, community organizations, local government and businesses to serve healthy food, sell healthy food, and create places to be physically active.”Obesity prevention needs to go beyond addressing individual behaviors. We must modify the environments in which we live that shape and support those behaviors,” Davis said. “We need to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.”These policy and environmental strategies will be bolstered by education and outreach services already in place in both counties and supported through UGA Extension including Georgia 4-H and Walk Georgia.”Health and wellness are major focus areas for UGA Extension programming and we in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are delighted to team up with the College of Public Health, the Fanning Institute and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences to address obesity,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean of UGA Extension. “Working together, we are all stronger and can better serve the citizens of Georgia.”The Fanning Institute, with its expertise in leadership development, training and education, will help facilitate the work of the community leaders and stakeholders to identify and support the programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity in their community.”We will engage leaders across all sectors of a community who can act to prevent obesity, help them evaluate their assets, and identify contributions they can make to create long-term, sustainable change for preventing obesity,” said Maritza Soto Keen, senior public service associate at the Fanning Institute.Obesity is one of the most daunting public health challenges facing Georgia. According to the 2015 State of Obesity Report by the Trust for Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Georgia ranked as the 19th most obese state in the U.S., with the 15th highest diabetes rate in the nation.”While our goal for this project is to decrease adult and childhood obesity in Calhoun and Taliaferro counties, 30 more rural counties in Georgia are confronting levels of obesity at or above 35 percent. We hope what we learn from this work will be a first step in addressing this issue statewide,” Davis said.last_img read more

Syracuse’s season comes to close with loss to Michigan State

first_imgSeniors Leonie Geyer, Laura Hahnefeldt and Anna Crumb all collapsed onto the turf at J.S. Coyne Stadium in disbelief once the final whistle sounded.After winning 36 games on their home field, they were forced to watch as their opponents ran off the bench in jubilant celebration following the 37th and most important contest.No. 2-seed Syracuse dominated the shot chart and time of possession, but trailed where it mattered most. A second-half goal by Kristin Matula carried Michigan State (14-9, 4-2 Big Ten) to a shocking 2-1 upset victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament and ended SU’s (16-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) 2013 season.“Our movement off the ball was not as strong as it usually is,” Orange head coach Ange Bradley said. “We kind of waited for things to happen instead of making things happen, and that was the story of the game.”The Spartans jumped on the board in the sixth minute when Abby Barker knocked home a pass from Allie Ahearn in front of the cage. Barker’s 18th goal of the season sent a jolt through the Spartan faithful that made the trip with the team and forced the Orange to be more aggressive offensively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU made the necessary adjustments, but failed to capitalize on a number of glorious scoring chances. Lauren Brooks, Emma Russell and Karlee Farr were all rejected by Spartans goalie Molly Cassidy during even-strength play, and Geyer missed on a penalty corner with 13 minutes remaining in the frame.Syracuse finally converted on a corner during the 29th minute. Geyer ripped a slap shot that was sent aside by a diving Cassidy. However, the ball popped right to Alyssa Manley, who easily poked home the rebound to even the score at one apiece.At the end of the first half, SU had outshot the Spartans by an astonishing 12-2 margin. By surviving the barrage, though, Michigan State had put itself in position to retake the lead at any moment.“Just because you’re a higher seed or supposed to be better than another team doesn’t mean they’re not going to come out and play you hard,” back Jordan Page said. “I think it’s important to realize that we have to go out and fight for everything we want and not let other teams take it away from us.”That’s what happened halfway through the second frame. Matula, a freshman that had scored only one goal prior to Saturday, picked up a ball misplayed by the Syracuse defense and dashed down the far side of the field.“I noticed that there was a slight gap between two defenders, and the ball went perfectly right through them,” Matula said. “I got the ball and looked up to see where the goalie was and did a pool right, like the coaches always tell us, and I put it in.”Down 2-1, the Orange continued to squander chances. Bradley even pulled goalie Jess Jecko with 4:28 remaining to create a two-man advantage, but the offense sputtered. A frantic push during the final minute produced no shots on goal, and the Spartans were able to clear the ball one final time as the closing seconds ticked away.Michigan State has now won six games in a row, including Wednesday’s play-in game to make the 16-team bracket, and will continue its improbable postseason run tomorrow against either Boston College or Connecticut.Meanwhile, Syracuse’s home-field dominance came to an abrupt end, and the loss soured what had been a memorable first ACC season.“Right now we’re experiencing a death of a season and the ending of a team,” Bradley said. “Right now these kids need time to grieve and reflect on the good things and the bad things that happened on their journey together.“Come January, a new life will be born and that will be the start of the 2014 team.” Comments Published on November 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm Contact Tyler: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more