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New Initiative Launched to Tackle Childhood Obesity

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

A new national initiative on childhood obesity has been announced by the American Heart Association and former President Bill Clinton. The “landmark agreement” will focus on getting up to 6 million American children covered for routine visits to both primary care physicians and dieticians.

The new collaboration links medical organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Dietetic Association with both private and public big-name insurance companies. This, the former president said, is “the first time our three stakeholders have come together to tackle childhood obesity in a comprehensive way.”

The current initiative aims to address the obesity-related healthcare needs of almost 1 million American children in the program’s first year by reimbursing doctors and registered dieticians for providing health care and in-depth nutritional counseling to children on an ongoing basis. In addition, participating companies will offer their employees access to the initiative’s benefits.

“I think we want the children of America to know, Number one, that we want them to be healthy, we want them to grow up healthy, and we want them to start now,” Clinton said at a news conference.

More Information: The American Heart Association

More Information: William J. Clinton Foundation

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