The Massachusetts Department of Public Health received $1.7 million in federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a series of pilot programs focused on combating obesity among children ages 2-12. The project, Mass in Motion: Community-Clinical Partnerships to Reduce Childhood Obesity, will focus on children from low-income families in the cities of Fitchburg and New Bedford.

“I’m delighted that our federal partners have recognized the groundbreaking work that’s been underway at the community level to fight childhood obesity in Massachusetts,” Gov. Deval Patrick said in a news release. “This generous award will allow us to take these innovative partnerships to a whole new level to continue that fight.”

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