Suffolk County To Use $1.2M Grant To Battle Obesity

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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  • walter sobchak

    You eat what you want too,govt. should not say what you eat,I think I am living in NY not cuba

  • walter sobchak

    That poor kid,give him some fries

  • debrabel

    how this sad. what is worst is ice berg lettuce NO nutrittion and dressings loaded with calories.

  • MikeStonee

    What a waste of Money:

    The Government is the cause of Obesity:

    The drugmakers get rich off obesity and LOVE IT. The Government Steroids and Hormones in the Food is the real cause of Obesity and Diabetes.

    The ignorant believe it is McDonalds.

    The Druggies run much of Washington. A diabetes and Diet drug just killed 2000 people
    just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

  • Steve M.

    Yah really can’t make this up: The kid is wearing an ‘Only The Strong Survive’ T- shirt….Maybe that 1.2 mil would be better spent on reading and comprehension

  • rodney k.

    Why don’t they just make unhealthy foods illegal? If it is not good for us, then it should be outlawed. How is this even an issue?

    • HUGO

      How about YOU decide what’s good for you and what isn’t instead of having the government deciding what YOU should eat. Freedom is a wonderful thing isn’t it?????

  • Can

    Wow. That kids boob is so big it went to the side.

  • Gregg

    Only in America would you spend over one million dollars on getting fat people to eat proper, when so many people don’t even have enough to eat and feed their families !

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