Former President Clinton Leads Charge to Fight Child Obesity

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Former President Clinton Leads Charge to Fight Child Obesity

Former President Clinton is leading the charge in the fight against childhood obesity by spearheading a new program called the Alliance Healthcare Initiative – a joint project of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation.

Currently, more than a third of all children in the United States are overweight or obese, which not only puts the children’s health at risk, but can also mean skyrocketing healthcare costs for their parents. The initiative would provide funding to reimburse doctors and registered dietitians for providing healthcare and nutritional counseling to obese children and their parents on an ongoing basis.

Billed as the first of its kind, the project links medical organizations, like The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dietetic Association, with major insurance carriers and large, privately-held companies to provide benefits that are designed to stop the trend of childhood obesity. The project is expected to help address the healthcare needs of about 1 million children in the first year and more than 6 million children within three years.

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