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CalFresh Grant Helps Tackle Local Obesity Crisis

Almost 66 percent of Kern adults are considered to be overweight or obese and 35.9 percent of its seventh graders are considered not to be physically fit.  A new program hopes to reduce these statistics and the correlating chronic disease epidemics.  

Kern County Department of Human Services Director Pat Cheedle and Public Health Services Director Matt Constantine announce that Kern County will receive a one-time grant that will help both agencies work towards improving the well-being of county residents with a focus on CalFresh recipients.  The objective of this pilot program is to provide an avenue for these two agencies to coordinate efforts in community nutrition education outreach and intervention.

“We are excited to be given this opportunity to tackle the issue of obesity that Kern County faces within the entire community,” says Cheedle, “but we are especially excited to be able to directly educate our CalFresh clients on how to increase their fruit and vegetable choices and improve the health of their family.”

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