UAMS to Use Grant to Track Child Obesity Across Arkansas

APRIL 9, 2004 - Posted at 5:22 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A grant of $812,000 will help the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences track the body-fat measurments of every school-age child in the state.

The research, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be used to help Arkansas government officials implement a new state law aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

The 2003 legislation set a national precedent by requiring schools to measure students' body-mass index every year and report results to parents.

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