Omaha Receives Grant To Fight Child Obesity

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Omaha will share $33 million with 40 other communities over the next five years in an effort to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

The 41 communities are funded through the foundation's Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program.

The group Live Well Omaha has received a $360,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to improve opportunities for physical activity and access to affordable healthy foods for children.

Live Well Omaha said Tuesday at the Omaha Children's Museum that improving lifestyle and health doesn't have to be complicated. "I think that the museum is a great example of how kids can come and just run around and use their imaginations,” said Live Well Omaha’s Kerri Peterson.

“We're trying to not necessarily take away the computer, the electronics, but encourage kids to get out there and be active and use their imaginations to create play and ways to be physically active."

Among the ideas for children who live reasonably close to school is the "walking school bus.” That's getting together with several other students and at least one adult to walk to school.

The foundation says more than 23 million children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese, nearly one-third of children ages two through 19. Even among children ages two through five, the rate is 24 percent.

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