3 groups get Blue Cross grants to fight obesity

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state's largest insurer is awarding $75,000 to each of three community organizations for initiatives to stem childhood obesity.

The funding from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is going to The Learning Community, Ready to Learn Providence and Thundermist Health Center for programs focusing on nutrition and physical activity for children and families. It's through Blue Cross's BlueAngel Community Health Grant Program.

Blue Cross has said the collaborations can have a real impact on reversing the epidemic.

Blue Cross will host a ceremony for the award recipients on Wednesday at its Providence headquarters. The event will include remarks from the company's president and CEO as well as leaders from each group.

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