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$15M to fight obesity in Pima

October 18, 2010
by Stephanie Innes
Arizona Star

 

In two years, Pima County residents will be slimmer and healthier.

That's the goal of county officials who received $15.7 million in federal funds to help curb and prevent obesity.

The money will go to eight local teams working to curb and prevent obesity through health and wellness education through schools, workplaces, faith-based groups and neighborhoods. It also will hire 75 full-time and part-time work-site wellness trainers, educators, data collectors and farmers-market-development employees.

The local funds are part of $373 million awarded to 44 communities nationwide from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the economic stimulus package. Pima County was the only Arizona recipient.

 

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