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Funding Source Questioned for State Plan to Reduce Obesity

The Indiana Department of Health has announced a ten-year plan aimed at lowering the state's obesity rate.

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Indiana Department of Health officials are hoping to reduce obesity with a 10-year plan.

The Indiana Department of Health has announced a ten-year plan aimed at lowering the state’s obesity rate, but a major obstacle could be the money to implement it.  The plan released by the Department of Health targets root causes of obesity; from increasing access to healthy food choices, to community designs that make it safer to walk or bike to do errands, to doing a better job of educating young children to live a healthy life. But, aside from dollars to market the efforts, there’s no money in the state budget dedicated to making the plan a reality. State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin said his department will apply for federal grants to move parts of the initiative forward, but will rely on most of the resources coming from local communities.

About 30% of Indiana adults are obese and obesity related health care spending in the state is about $435 per adult.

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