Health dept. gets $25,000 grant to fight obesity

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Updated: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:05:22 CST

The Central District Health Department is getting some generous help in fighting the areas number one public health priority, obesity. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $25,000 grant to the local agency.

Over 67 percent of the district's adult population is either overweight or obese.
Officials say the funds will be used to help with initiatives that support a healthy work environment.

"Adults will start seeing how wellness will help with them and then hopefully they'll take it home because childhood obesity is on the rise too. So that will help get them in normal daily activities at work so that they'll kind of incorporate the wellness at home with their families," said Tara Neighbors, Health Educator at the Central District Health Department.

Assistant Health Director Ryan King says they received their funds as a direct result of the positive work that has been done with the popular "Rethink Your Drink" campaign.