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Students invited to join 'Stay in Shape' competition

ATLANTA -- A local fitness coalition is encouraging students to show them how they stay in shape, with a chance to earn an on-field appearance at an Atlanta Falcons game.

Georgia SHAPE -- a network of partners led by Gov. Nathan Deal and including the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Georgia Department of Education and local sports teams -- has launched its "Stay in SHAPE" contest, asking students kindergarten through 12th grade to participate.

Students "can simply capture what they do" to stay in shape, and submit it to the organization. Format is not important -- a submission can be a video, song, photo, or even the written word.

"We know that encouraging competition among our youth is a wonderful way to stimulate beneficial physical activity," said Dr. Brenda Fitzgeral, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

To enter, students must send an email describing the way they stay in shape to contest@georgiaSHAPE.org. Attachments or links to projects must be included.

The contest ends Sept. 10. Winners will join Deal on the field at the Atlanta Falcons' game on Sept. 30.

For more information, visit georgiaSHAPE.org/contest.