Fighting Obesity With Millions

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The nation's largest health philanthropy group is announcing what's believed to be the largest ever grant aimed at fighting childhood obesity.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says it's going to spend 500 (m) million dollars over the next five years to help control what it says is an "epidemic" of fat in the U-S.

The New Jersey-based foundation says nearly 25 (m) million people 17 and younger are obese or overweight, a problem which it says tacks on 14 (b) billion dollars a year to the nation's medical bill. It plans to back programs that emphasize exercise and better access to healthy food.

One low-tech solution suggested by the foundation is the "walking school bus": having parents gather up students house-to-house and herding them to school on foot.


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