OUHCOM Working On Childhood Obesity In Athens County

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The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is working to get local children healthy and active.

The project includes a childhood obesity prevention program in Athens County schools.

Mary McPherson, the program's nurse consultant, says the program has already been implemented.

"We are helping pre-schoolers and daycares to look at their own facilities and do some planning to implement increased activity and more fruits and vegetables," says McPherson.

According to a 2010 Ohio Department of Health Study, children living in Appalachian counties had significantly higher rates of obesity compared to others in the state.

McPherson says they are also looking to create an obesity prevention programs for high schoolers in the area.