Georgia College promotes healthy living to rural communities with ArtHealthy Festival

Georgia College Campus in Milledgeville/David Domingue (WGXA)

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Georgia College is hosting its free, fifth annual ArtHealthy Festival to celebrate healthy living by combining art and physical activity. A health fair as well as other educational, recreational and interactive wellness opportunities will be offered.

The festival's aim is to spread awareness of healthy living to rural residents.

Co-coordinator Gregory Barnes said, "It has been amazing. We started with about 300 the first year to about 1,800 last year and we are expecting about a 25 to 40 percent jump this year. It has been amazing with the cooperation from the community and the excitement there is so much excitement about the festival."

According to Georgia's State Office of Rural Health, rural citizens are more likely to be under-insured or uninsured, and Milledgeville borders many underserved counties in the area of health care delivery. These counties include Baldwin, Washington, Hancock, and Putnam.

Organizers want to increase visibility of art-related physical activity and its correlation to overall health as well as increase visibility of healthy food alternatives in the regional community.

Festival activities will include live performances, salsa, capoeira, drum aerobics, workshops, 3D scanning and printing demonstrations, face painting and more.

The event will be held on Georgia College's front campus on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone interested can learn more at

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