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WASHINGTON March 26, 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the USDA awarded $9 million in grants to develop childhood obesity intervention programs through colleges and universities in 12 states and Puerto Rico. are overweight or obese, making this issue one of the greatest health challenges facing our nation, said Vilsack. is critical that we make the effort to help our children be healthy kids, and develop into healthy adults, said Vilsack.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) made the awards through the AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area.

This year projects include the University of Miami School of Medicine project a train the trainer model to deliver the evidence based Caregivers, Healthy Children early childhood obesity prevention toolkit to low income, multiethnic children. California State University will also create strategies for promoting healthy eating behaviors among children and families in the Hispanic community through classroom and at home activities.

Find a complete list of this year project descriptions on the NIFA website.

Successful projects funded in previous years include the University of Maine iCook project which developed online tools to encourage families to cook, eat, and exercise together while improving culinary skills and increasing physical activity; and Oregon State University project, Generating Rural Options for Weight Healthy Kids and Communities (GROW HKC), which implemented an obesity intervention program in three counties to promote healthy eating and increase physical activity, ultimately improving body mass indexes among rural children aged 5 8 years old.

In February 2015, NIFA made $6 million available for childhood obesity prevention research, education and extension activities through the fiscal year 2015 AFRI request for applications.

AFRI supports research, education, and extension work by awarding grants that address key problems of national,
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regional, and multi state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture. AFRI supports work in six priority areas: 1) plant health and production and plant products; 2) animal health and production and animal products; 3) food safety, nutrition and health; 4) bioenergy, natural resources and environment; 5) agriculture systems and technology; and 6) agriculture economics and rural communities. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural made products; and investing in infrastructure,
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housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America.