$500M to fight fatties

April 5, 2007


From the NY TIMES:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation plans to spend more than $500 million over the next five years to reverse the increase in childhood obesity. It is one of the largest public health initiatives ever tried by a private philanthropy.

“This is an epidemic that is going to cost the country in terms of morbidity and mortality and economically,” said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the foundation’s president and chief executive. “The younger generation is going to live sicker and die younger than their parents because of obesity.”

Read: $500 Million Pledged to Fight Childhood Obesity

Wonder if our April 1 article on obesity in Santa Rosa County schools had any influence on this decision (Fat Kids a HUGE Problem )?

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