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School health effort gets $20 million

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An initiative to promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools in the U.S. will use $20 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to dramatically expand its efforts.

The Healthy Schools Program, which aims to improve the health of the nation’s school children and staff, is a program of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation.

The program, started in 2006 with $8 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will use the funds to intensify its efforts in the 17 states with the highest obesity rates.

In addition to making online assistance available to all schools, the program will increase to more than 8,000 from 230 the number of schools receiving services in person.

Information on becoming part of the Health Schools Program is available online.

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