The 1785 Society, recognizing cumulative gifts of $1 million and above, is named for the year that the University of Georgia was chartered by the Georgia General Assembly. The 1785 Society pays homage to our impressive history and tradition of achievement as the first state-chartered university in the nation.
The Coca-Cola Foundation
In 2013, a partnership was formed with Walk Georgia and The Coca-Cola Foundation by way of a three-year, $1 million grant to support the program. This support enabled the program to set goals of reaching 100,000 Georgians over the three year span as well as decrease obesity by five percent in all of Georgia's 159 counties.
Walk Georgia, established in 2008, is based in communities statewide and implemented through county Extension agents. The program encourages physical activity through a web-based platform offered at no cost to Georgians. Participants register for Walk Georgia through the program's website, where they can track their physical activity data, set goals, and join groups for additional motivation. In addition the program provides support to its users through a blog, weekly email newsletter, and social media.
While Walk Georgia continues to inspire and equip Georgia to improve their health through physical activity, The Coca-Cola Foundation's gift has empowered us at Walk Georgia to grow our statewide reach and to ramp up our program's offering in an effort to educate and support all Georgians in combatting obesity and increasing physical activity. The partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation is extremely important in benefitting the health of Georgians, especially when it comes to promoting physical activity. No single entity has the resources to address this issue, so we must partner together to help Georgians.
–Dr. Deborah Murray, Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, FACS
Dr. William P. Flatt
Jennifer and Greg Holcomb