USDA Childhood Obesity Grant Awarded

Dr. Roger Beachy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, visiting OSU last month from Washington, gave a press conference to announce the new grant for $4.8 million awarded to the FCH program by USDA to address childhood obesity in rural Oregon.

Project directors Deborah John and Kathy Gunter from OSU Extension were awarded $4,878,865 to start the program, called "Generating Rural Options for Weight-Healthy Kids and Communities" (GROW HKC). Cooperative Extension in Oregon and six other Western states will develop a plan to prevent obesity among rural children and field test it in rural communities within three Oregon counties: Clackamas, Columbia and Klamath.

The project’s Oregon State University advisory team members will include faculty from public health; nutrition and exercise sciences; human development and family sciences; education; and OSU Extension’s family and community health, Master Gardner, and 4-H programs.

Congratulations, Kathy and Deborah!

The news story posted on the OSU website:

The ABC News affiliate in Eugene, along with a link to their TV spot: