Savannah Becomes a We Can!City


The City of Savannah has launched We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition!), a fast-growing national movement of families and communities coming together to promote healthy weight in children ages 8-13 through improved food choices, increased physical activity and reduced screen time. We Can! is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Childhood obesity is a serious public health problem. In the US, nearly onethird of our youth are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. These extra pounds can add up to lifelong health problems.

Overweight and obese adults increase their risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, certain cancers and other chronic conditions.

The City of Savannah has been designated as a We Can! City, reflecting its commitment to supporting healthy lifestyles among its residents. Savannah will join only 14 other cities/counties in the US that have earned this designation.

The Chatham County Health Department and Healthy Savannah presented the We Can! road sign to Mayor Otis Johnson at City Hall; in turn, Mayor Johnson issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, June 13th, We Can! Day.

Community partners who have been instrumental in earning the We Can! City designation include: City of Savannah, Chatham County Health Department, Healthy Savannah, Local Savannah Food Collaborative, Performance Initiatives, Greenbriar Children’s Center, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Savannah, West Broad Street YMCA, Victory Heights Neighborhood Park, Youth Futures Authority, St. Pius Family Resource Center, Savannah Sand Gnats and 92.3 the Point.

For more information, please call 912.484.1885 or email:cpgibson@dhr.state.ga .us


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