BABYLON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County plans to use a $1.2 million state grant to battle obesity-related issues.

The plan includes making community gardens filled with health fruits and vegetables, improving local biking and walking trails, and starting after-school programs that focus on health and nutrition, reports WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

The community-based initiative will also help the county work with local businesses to promote healthier food options.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension said the grant will focus on obesity-related health problems primarily in the towns of Babylon, Riverhead and Southampton.

It’s believed one in every five children and one in every three adults in the United States is considered obese.

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