$360,000 Grant Will Help Reduce Childhood Obesity

January 22, 2010

An organization that works to reduce childhood obesity in the Houston area recently won a $360,000 grant to expand its efforts.

The grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities” initiative will benefit CAN DO Houston (Children and Neighbors Defeating Obesity).

CAN DO Houston was formed in 2008 by Houston organizations concerned with childhood obesity and its health effects, including M. D. Anderson’s Center for Research on Minority Health. By tapping volunteers and existing sources of funds, the organization focuses on improving nutrition, physical activity and healthy behaviors for children ages four to 12. The program’s centerpiece is establishing a tie between a school and a city park.

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center will oversee and manage the grant, which was one of only three awarded in Texas and 41 nationally chosen from more than 500 proposals. Efforts will focus on three Houston neighborhoods: Magnolia Park, Sunnyside and Independence Heights.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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