05/22/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cook County Gets $16M Grant To Fight Obesity

Cook County was awarded a two-year, $16 million federal grant for obesity prevention on Friday.

The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, said Dr. Stephen Martin Jr., chief operating officer of the county public health department. It will be used for programs in suburban Cook County that aim to fight obesity, he said.

About 40 percent of children and 63 percent of adults in suburban Cook are either obese or overweight, he said.

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