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Let’s Get Moving Back To School

Let’s Get Moving Back To School with First Lady’s Initiative In DeKalb!

C.H.O.I.C.E.S Holds 2nd Annual Let’s Move! DeKalb, June 28th at Exchange Park Intergenerational Center

July 13, 2012 – Atlanta, GA – The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.) announces the 2nd Annual Let’s Move! DeKalb- Back to School Expo! This free event will be held Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Exchange Park Intergenerational Center located at 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30034 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. This family friendly event will feature the “Let’s Move!” and “Presidential Active Lifestyle” exhibit areas. Opening remarks will be made at 11:30am by Larry Johnson, District 3 Commissioner and Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford, District Health Director, DeKalb County Board of Health. Presented by the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority, Let's Move! DeKalb will provide nutrition education exhibits and physical fitness activities. More than 1,000 parents and children are expected to participate.

 “The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) is a proud sponsor of C.H.O.I.C.E.S. 2nd Annual Let’s Move! DeKalb event. C.H.O.I.C.E.S. is an organization that is taking a proactive role in the health and well-being of our children. This event will engage, educate, and motivate our children to become more active, which is consistent with our mission,” said Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman of The Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority Board of Trustees.

Let’s Move! DeKalb will also include live performances, health screenings, fitness activities, nutrition exhibits, cooking demonstrations and local organizations. “We are looking forward to bringing our Expo program to DeKalb County again this year. Our goal is to showcase the partnering programs in DeKalb so that families will get moving and earn a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award,” said Vanetta Keyes, Founder and Executive Director, The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.)

“I am pleased to work with C.H.O.I.C.E.S on the Let’s Move! DeKalb event. Childhood obesity is a threat to our children and their future and we must do all we can to ensure the healthy future of our children. I urge everyone to come out July 28th to the Exchange Park Intergenerational Center and Let’s Move! DeKalb!” said Larry Johnson, District 3 Commissioner and Presiding Officer of the Board of Commissioners. 

For the first time in U.S. history the current generation of children may live sicker, shorter lives than their parents primarily due to obesity-related diseases.  According to the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, a high proportion of the state’s young people are obese. “As the only community in Georgia to receive federal CPPW (Communities Putting Prevention to Work) funds to fight obesity, we are determined to effect real policy, system and environmental changes that will increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and reduce obesity and the related illnesses plaguing our children,” said Dr. S. Elizabeth Ford, District Health Director, DeKalb County Board of Health.

The special event partners for Let’s Move! DeKalb Back To School include Activity Works, the Aetna Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Hawks, CBS Atlanta Fit Kids, the Decatur Housing Authority, DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, the DeKalb County School System, Dramatic Weight Loss, the Put Up Your Dukes Foundation, the South Metro Scholastic Fund, Walmart Vision and many more.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Volunteers are needed for all shifts. Vendor exhibits are still available. For more information, visit or call (678) 819-3663. 



C.H.O.I.C.E.S. – The Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully, Inc.

The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was formed in April 2002 to join the fight against the deadly epidemic of childhood obesity. The organization’s mission is to provide a parent and child resource center for the clinically diagnosed and at-risk children of obesity. The Center promotes weight management and lifestyle changes through nutrition education, peer socialization, physical activity and community involvement. In 2011 the Center reached over 15,000 children, youth and their families through community programming efforts in Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority

The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (“the Authority”) exists to promote the health of the greater Atlanta community. Governed by a ten member Board of Trustees appointed by the commissioners of Fulton and DeKalb counties, the Authority is committed to working to meet the healthcare needs of the residents of Fulton and DeKalb counties. This is carried out through oversight of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, a 17 member non-profit Board of Directors charged with administering the Grady Health System, sponsoring community health events, and advocating for solid healthcare policy in the State of Georgia.

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