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USDA grant will target the alarming rate of childhood obesity in Palmetto State, enhance prevention efforts

Arnold School of Public Health researcher Dr. Sonya Jones is launching a study that will enable local communities to better address the state’s chronic childhood obesity problem and develop new opportunities at USC for training in food systems and childhood obesity prevention.

The effort is supported by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture Program and will extend over five years.

Statistics paint an alarming picture of the childhood obesity problem in South Carolina where nearly 32 per cent of children are considered either obese or overweight, according to the S.C. Medical Association’s Childhood Obesity Task Force.

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