MAP: Columbia receives funds to combat obesity

November 10, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CST
The obesity rate has increased in 16 states in the past year, including Missouri, which is the 11th-most-obese state. In 2009, Columbia was among nine leading communities in the nation that received more grant money provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote physical activities and healthy eating. The other leading sites were Chicago, Seattle, Louisville, Ky., Somerville, Mass., Washington, Baldwin Park, Calif., Oakland, Calif., and California’s Central Valley. The sites were identified as having already shown potential for implementing similar projects and were asked to serve as mentors to other communities. Now 50 communities across the country are participating to decrease obesity rates by 2015.

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