Healthcare: US tackles African American obesity

WASHINGTON: The US government has handed grants worth around £600,000 to three African-American advocacy groups to fund campaigns to tackle the higher incidence of obesity among minorities, particularly women and children.

The Department of Health and Human Services has handed the cash to the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), the National Urban League and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.

The NCNW will use cash to bolster an ongoing education effort titled 'African American Women as We Age'. It is also launching a 'train the trainer' effort, educating people in each community to deliver anti-obesity workshops.

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