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Coalition tackles childhood obesity

Public, nonprofit and private organizations from throughout the region recently gathered to pledge their commitment to an effort to reduce childhood obesity in Wasco County, publicly signing pledges to the Wasco Childhood Obesity Reduction Community Action Plan (WCORCAP).

“The rate of childhood obesity in Wasco County exceeds both the state and national average,” said Michele Spatz, who with Dan Ericksen coordinated local participation in the project…

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Coalition tackles childhood obesity. The Dalles Chronicle. June 13, 2015.

Rethinking Obesity

Educators, community leaders and health care providers say Wasco County children are suffering from an “epidemic” of being overweight and obese.

Wasco leads the state in obesity rates, meaning children here are not only living shorter, less happy lives, but are costing taxpayers more money taking care of their unhealthy habits, according to county healthcare providers.

More than 30 community leaders gathered last week as the first step in producing tangible fixes to the county’s obesity problem….

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Rethinking Obesity. The Dalles Chronicle. January 17, 2015.