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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Boston gets $500,000 for anti-obesity campaign

By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff

A coalition leading the fight against obesity in Boston won a $500,000 grant today, money that will be used to draft a citywide battle plan and to expand public space for physical activity.

The two-year grant was awarded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to the Boston Food and Fitness Collaborative, a 52-member association that includes hospitals and health centers, city agencies, and activist groups. The collaborative intends to make affordable produce available to residents as well as improve walking and bicycling trails, according to the office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

In two years, the coalition could receive an addition $3.5 million from the Kellogg Foundation to further implement strategies emerging from the citywide plan to combat obesity.

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