Slow food potlucks promote healthier school meals

September 10, 2009
by Meghan Frederico
The Somerville News

"30% of children in Massachusetts are obese," Ms. Bauerle pointed out. A report released in July by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) revealed this alarming statistic, along with the finding that rates are significantly higher for non-white populations. "This is putting children at risk for diabetes and amputations by the age of 25 and the healthcare costs associated with this will be overwhelming" said Ms. Bauerle, an attorney who currently interns for the Boston-based Public Health Advocacy Institute.  Somerville's efforts to stem childhood obesity, and the Shape up Somerville efforts, came on the heels of another alarming statistic that 46% of Somerville's 1st-3rd grade population were at-risk of being overweight or were overweight, which was one finding from a 2003 Tufts report.

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