Chicago's Obesity Fight Gets $5.8 Million Infusion

Children in some Chicago communities are overweight at three to four times the national average

Tuesday, May 3, 2011  |  Updated 8:00 PM CDT
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Chicago's Obesity Fight Gets $5.8 Million Infusion

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Chicago health officials have announced nearly $6 million in federal health reform funds to fight childhood obesity.

Tuesday's announcement comes from the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children. The money will be used to create a program called Healthy Places.

Partner groups will work on things like improving food access, school wellness policies and safe walking and biking.

Children in some Chicago communities are overweight at three to four times the national average.

Dr. Bechara Choucair, Chicago's public health chief, called the funding a real honor.

The program partners include Chicago Public Schools, the city's Transportation and Park Departments and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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