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Georgia SHAPE Month Celebrates Healthy, Active Living

September 5, 2013
Two young boys and a mother playing outside

For the second year, Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed September as Georgia SHAPE Month. This celebration of physical fitness and healthy living spotlights the state’s most important asset: young people.

All year round, experts from a variety of fields — education, business, recreation and nutrition — work to make wellness accessible and enjoyable for all families. Throughout this month, multiple events will celebrate Georgia’s wellness champions and educate people about SHAPE.

Some of these events include:

  • Recognition of the 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll Schools. Governor Deal will award schools gold, silver or bronze status.
  • Healthy Schools Summit. From Sept. 25-26 SHAPE will highlight outstanding school wellness programs.
  • Webinars promoting Power Up for 30. SHAPE and the Georgia Department of Education will showcase the best ways to add 30 extra minutes of physical activity into the school day.
  • Farm to Preschool Summit. On Sept. 13-14, SHAPE will recognize early care and learning centers that demonstrate excellence in physical activity and healthy nutrition measures.
  • Recognition of Georgia hospitals. Those hospitals participating in the Baby-Friendly Hospital 5-STAR Incentive project, which promotes breastfeeding, will be recognized for their hard work.

Throughout the month, you can also follow “Tips of the Day” on Georgia SHAPE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Make sure to check in every Tuesday for trivia questions. The first contestant to answer trivia questions correctly will win a special prize.

All month long, SHAPE will host hundreds of other programs from guided hikes to farmer’s markets. Visit the calendar of events to find events happening near you.

To learn more about SHAPE month, contests and events this September, visit the Georgia SHAPE webpage, or contact the SHAPE team via email at


About the Authors

Kelly Mattran is the SHAPE physical activity coordinator. A native of Minnesota, Kelly completed her Bachelor’s degree is Kinesiology from the Honors College at Michigan State University. She also attained a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from James Madison University. Kelly supports a multidisciplinary approach for living healthy lifestyles while advocating for policy and outreach efforts through research translation and educational media campaigns. 

Emily Anne Vall currently manages the Governor’s SHAPE initiative under Commissioner Fitzgerald at the Georgia Department of Public Health. She has a wide range of wellness experience including public school education, higher education, corporate wellness program design, wellness management, research design and evaluation, and grant coordination and implementation. Her areas of expertise include the Behavior Change Theory and Childhood Obesity.


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