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The Children’s Museum of Cleveland and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital are teaming up with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to create a plan to address the nation’s rising rate of childhood obesity in local early childhood school programs.

The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, formed through the 1996 sale of Cleveland’s Mt. Sinai Medical Center and related hospitals, has granted the three institutions $340,000 to create and implement the plan.

“A great deal of attention has been focused on obesity in older children and teens,” said Foundation President Mitchell Balik in a news release. “But obesity starts in young children and programs for young children are needed.”

The plan will embed a curriculum for physical activity, nutrition and healthy living into the existing pre-kindergarten and kindergarten curriculum, said Thea Wilson, executive director of the Early Childhood Education department with the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools.

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Article courtesy cleveland.com

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