ATLANTA -- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, in partnership with the National Park Service, gathered families for a free community festival to get kids moving and eating healthy.
Almost 40% of children in Georgia are overweight or obese, and one doctor even says the problem has reached "epidemic proportions." The family festival was part of CHOA's new mission to improve that ranking.
CHOA is behind the controversial billboards and television ads featuring overweight children with messages such as, "Chubby isn't cute when it leads to diabetes."
"Our ad campaigns were created to create a level of awareness in the community," said CHOA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dan Salinas. "We wanted to make sure that everyone understood how serious the obesity problem was."