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Yakima County Combating Obesity Problem

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YAKIMA--Yakima is one of the most obese counties in the state. More than one-fourth of county citizens are obese, more than state and national figures.  The Yakima County Health Board is working hard to fight the fat.   A state grant gives the county $48,000 a year until 2010 to promote obesity prevention.   A local doctor says educators and retailers both need to be involved in getting people healthy.

 "Education is one thing," Dr. Stan Flemming said.  "[Having] access to these healthy foods and making them available not simply available but affordable is a very critical piece in having a comprehensive program."

Yakima is using the money on Rev It Up, a program that works to stop childhood obesity.   Nine schools will participate in Rev It Up in and after school programs starting october first.