Thursday, May 29, 2008

CDC Grant To Aid In Obesity Fight

“Indiana's efforts to trim waistlines and get Hoosiers off their couches are getting a boost from the federal government. State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe said Wednesday that Indiana won a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pay for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention activities developed for its statewide obesity plan. For the first year, the CDC grant will be for $435,000, an amount that is expected to increase in coming years, depending on the state's ability to show progress, Monroe said. The goal is to reduce the state's obesity rate, which was 27.4 percent in 2007. Monroe said Indiana's ranking improved from 10th in 2006 to 21st nationally last year because the state's rate remained constant, while most states got pudgier.”

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