Ohio announces new childhood anti-obesity effort

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials have announced a new $1 million initiative to fight childhood obesity.

The Ohio Department of Health announced the program on Tuesday, which will pay for education and services in needy communities and build on existing anti-obesity efforts. The state is providing $500,000 in each of the next two years.

More than one-third of the children in the state are overweight or obese. That makes Ohio the 12th worst state for childhood obesity.

The program will include steps to prevent early childhood obesity by coordinating messages around physical activity and nutrition for children younger than 5.

Counties getting the money will work with early childhood education centers, health-care providers and other community partners.

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