Cedar Rapids YMCA Receives $50,000 to fight Childhood Obesity

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By Katie Stinson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The YMCA of Cedar Rapids received a $50,000 dollar grant to help grow a child obesity prevention program.

The Wellmark foundation presented a check to the "Y" today. The money will help expand and fund resources to operate "SWITCH" an obesity prevention project focusing on third graders in some Iowa schools, including some Cedar Rapids elementary schools.

"It's a great age of kids to be talking to because they are aspiring to learn and at that time and this helps them make better choices about what they do, view and chew," Bob Carlson, President/CEO or YMCA Cedar Rapids Metro said.

YMCA officials say the program inspires kids to make healthy choices. "SWITCH" is managed by the Community-Campus partnership for health at Iowa State University.

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