It was a rainy day in Georgia when more than seventy members of The Links, Incorporated stormed the Georgia State Capitol for “Links Day at the Capitol.”
Links met with their respective legislators and shared with them the Presidential Memorandum – Establishing a Task Force on Childhood Obesity. Ms. Currie addressed the Georgia State Senate and Dr. Davis addressed the Georgia House; each received a proclamation from the respective legislative bodies. The Links reminding the legislators that childhood obesity has become an epidemic in Georgia and that one in every three children in our state is overweight or obese. During the group luncheon, Senator Sims presented The Links, Incorporated Trailblazer award to The Honorable Thurbert E. Baker, Attorney General of Georgia. Chief Justice Yvette Miller (a Link) presented The Link Trailblazer Award to The Honorable Edward J. Tarver, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
The speaker for the day was Dr. Henrie Treadwell who is a co-convener of The Links, Incorporated Southern Area Commission on Childhood Obesity Prevention. Dr. Treadwell is Director and Senior Social Scientist for Community Voices. She is a full time Research Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. She invited the Links and legislators who were present to introduce and support bills and programs that will help our communities eliminate childhood obesity.
“Links Day at the Capitol” is a project of the 74 chapters in Southern Area of The Links. The members of this august body hope to have an impact on their state capitols and flex the collective organizational strength and influence of their membership.
Visitations at state capitols will begin in March and will be scheduled through the end of varying state legislative sessions. “The Southern Area of The Links, Inc. wants to contribute toward enacting legislation to combat childhood obesity and to raise the awareness within our community that this epidemic has raised the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, asthma, sleep apnea, psychiatric disorders and orthopedic problems. We have created this initiative and we will be looking for community partnerships throughout the state to find a solution,” said Ms. Currie, Southern Area Director of The Links, Incorporated.