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Foundation to Spend $500 Millionto Fight Childhood Obesity

Posted Sep 12 2008 6:49pm

Fearful that America’s children will live sicker and die younger than their parents, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation plans to spend half a billion dollars fighting the obesity epidemic, reports The New York Times.

With nearly one third – 25 million – of children under 17 considered overweight or obese in 2006 according to the U.S. Census, the foundation felt that something had to be done.

“This is an epidemic that is going to cost the country in terms of morbidity and mortality and economically,” Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the foundation’s president and chief executive, told the Times.

Most of the money will be spent on research, prodding the government to take more action, and improving access to healthy food and safe play areas.

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