Child obesity fight outlined

    Nancy Manuel and Deb Mishler of the local Purdue Extension Service updated the Adams County Commissioners Tuesday afternoon on the status of their program to address childhood obesity in Adams County. Manuel, the extension service's health and science educator, informed the commissioners that the agency had applied for and received a $20,000 childhood obesity grant through the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative.
    The state grant will cover a four-year nutrition and intervention program, dubbed "Color Me Healthy," which is being implemented over a seven-state region by the extension service. Modeled on a program initially written by the North Carolina extension service, the initiative concentrates on preschoolers and their families, stressing education, physical activities and improved eating and dietary habits.
    The local agency has incorporated the program into its "Winning with Wellness initiative," and will begin implementing the initial phase in October.
    Further details in today's print and e-editions.