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Last updated 8:11PM ET
July 20, 2018
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Tackling childhood obesity
(WOUB) - Two big reasons why kids get really fat are physical inactivity and poor diet.

So when Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Health and Human Services decided to take on childhood obesity, they focused on those two things.

Their TAKE ACTION program is designed to reduce the risk of future health problems.

Tom Murray is an OU professor and director of the Heartworks program at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital where TAKE ACTION is based.

The program teaches kids appropriate ways to eat and be active, and brings in parents to help.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 25 million children in the United States are overweight or at risk for becoming overweight, and people who are obese are at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, as well as other diseases.
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