A $250,000 American Cancer Society grant will be used to fund College of Medicine research on childhood obesity. The study will involve 12 offices within three healthcare systems servicing Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties over the next two years. Because of this grant, a local pilot project using motivational interviewing and a brief survey has shown promising results for improving healthy behaviors in children. According to a release Thursday by the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, about 36.4 percent of Peoria area children and adolescents are overweight and 19.4 percent are defined as obese.
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