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Capitol Health Call
January 14, 2004

$60 Million for Healthy Eating

JAMA. 2004;291(2):172. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.172-d

In December, the Senate passed a bill authorizing $60 million in grants to schools, public health departments, and other groups for programs that encourage exercise and healthy eating. A House of Representatives version of the bill is currently under discussion in a subcommittee.

Programs for training primary care physicians and other health professionals to identify, treat, and prevent obesity are eligible for funding, as are efforts that provide bicycle paths, encourage grocery stores to offer healthy foods, and promote the development of educational materials.

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