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$1.25 Million to Fight Obesity in Local Schools

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By Fox 40 Staff.
Four school districts in Broome County are getting over a million dollars in state grants to fight obesity in high school.

The Broome County Health Department announced the 1.25 million dollar grant Friday. The money will be spent over the next 5 years in the Binghamton, Johnson City, Harpursville, and Deposit districts. The grant will help increase access to healthy food and exercise in those high schools.

"We want to change policy so that making the healthy choice is the easy choice for both children and families. it's important that we change our environment, so that we have the opportunity to select better food, and so that we're more physically active in our community," said Mary McFadden, Supervising Public Health Educator.

Currently one in three American adults is considered to be obese according to the National Institute of Health.