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"Healthy US" Program Works To Combat Childhood Obesity

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SALISBURY, Md. - According to the American Heart Association, one in three US children is overweight or obese.

To combat the increasing problem, the YMCA of the Chesapeake is holding an eight-week program, "Healthy US," to prevent the cycle of obesity in high risk children.

The group meets twice a week for an hour at a time, focusing on nutrition, exercise, and behavior modification, for not just one child, but all family members.

Terry Passano, a registered dietician that works with the group, says behavior can be a major factor when it comes to eating.

"There's a lot of reasons why we eat and they don't all have to do with hunger," says Passano. "We're trying to bring some awareness to what you're eating and why you are eating."

The eight-week program finishes next week, and another session will kick off in March. Due to a generous grant from the Salisbury Rotary Club, families in need reportedly do not have to pay the program's fee.

For more information, call 410-749-0101.

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