Researchers at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health are collaborating with scientists across the country for a major study on childhood obesity.
The study is funded by a $23 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. A press release from the school says it’s one of the largest efforts to date to determine which community programs work best to reduce the number of overweight kids.
Researchers will focus on 300 communities throughout the nation and it’s likely that areas in South Carolina will be included.
Dr. Russ Pate, a professor of exercise science, is a principal investigator along with researchers at the University of Kansas, University of California at Berkeley and Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.
The award to the Arnold School, internationally recognized for its research on exercise, is expected to be about $1.4 million.
Pate says about 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese, and they grow up to become obese adults.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture also are contributors to the study.