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Senator wants state to fund child obesity study

ST. PAUL - A Minnesota senator wants the state to pay $65,000 to fund a study to find how to reduce and prevent childhood obesity.

Sen. Alice Johnson, D-Fridley, talked about her idea for a nine-month study on Monday. “Currently, when a doctor or school nurse identifies an obese child there are no intervention programs to refer that child to. The purpose of this study is to help develop such a program."

The study would provide help to 80 children diagnosed as obese. Results of the study could influence future legislation.

The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that the effects of obesity cost the state $2.8 billion annually.

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