City Bolsters Efforts to Curb Childhood Obesity

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The battle to fight childhood obesity in the City of St. Louis picks up steam.

City Health Director Pamela Walker says they’ve received $60,000 in grants from the Morehouse School of Medicine.

They’ll use it to work with Head Start and Parents as Teachers to educate both parents and children about healthy eating and exercise.

“How to identify when a child might be at risk, and basically how to make small changes and how to change lifestyles so that our children grow up healthy and active,” Walker says.

230,000 St. Louis city residents are obese or overweight. 36 percent are overweight, while 33 percent are considered obese.

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