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KY Receives Money To Fight Obesity In Schools

A New Jersey philanthropic foundation is giving $20 million to a program designed to promote healthy eating and exercise in schools.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is to use the money from the Princeton-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help schools in 17 states, including Kentucky, attack obesity in children.

The Alliance is led by former President Bill Clinton and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Organizers say the money is already helping. They point to an after-school program at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing, Minnesota, where the school lunch menu has been retooled with healthy foods that students say they like.

The new grants will be available to schools in states with the highest obesity rates.

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