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New Partnership Aims to Curb Childhood Obesity by 2015
Education Week, Bryan Toporek, 11/16/2012
A new collaborative effort announced Thursday between the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) aims to turn around the nation's childhood-obesity epidemic within the next three years. Together, the two organizations will focus on six major policy areas, based on research suggesting what's most effective in terms of combating childhood obesity.
Both organizations will "focus on reaching communities hardest hit by the [childhood obesity] epidemic, including communities of color and lower-income communities," according to a press release.
The RWJF will head up the efforts surrounding physical activity, including helping schools and other youth programs increase the amount of physical activity for their students. The foundation will also be funding ways to increase other opportunities to be physically active, such as the building of bike lanes, parks, and walking paths.
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