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Obesity programs receive government funding

Posted On Tue, September 28, 2010

It's become common knowledge that healthcare costs and the country's waistlines are both expanding rapidly. The government is taking steps to combat both.

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, nearly $100 million will be given to public health and prevention initiatives. Six communities will receive $9.3 million of those funds to research programs that look at factors such as cafeteria food and body mass index.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program director Dr. Rebecca Bunnell says the funds will help the country at large.

"These new evaluation funds will help our country identify effective and promising obesity prevention strategies," says Bunnell. "This funding will evaluate community-level obesity prevention initiatives aimed at creating healthy environments that promote nutrition and physical activity in the places where adults and children work, eat, study and play."

Unhealthy individuals can expect to have higher medical bills and potentially more expensive health insurance rates as a result. Obesity can also increase someone's chances of developing asthma and certain cardiac diseases that can unduly burden the healthcare system.

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