Texas, Libraries Join Forces To Fight Childhood Obesity

AUSTIN (July 16, 2013)--Hundreds of public libraries and 1,100 elementary schools across Texas are eligible to receive nutrition and fitness-related books and DVDs to help fight childhood in a new partnership with the Texas Library Association announced Tuesday by state Comptroller Susan Combs.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of healthy habits throughout life,” Combs said.

“Libraries serve the most critical role of any entity in empowering people with the information they need. They offer many resources to help improve family health and fitness,” she said.

The state's 910 public libraries and more than 1,100 select public elementary schools are eligible to get nutrition and fitness-related books and other educational materials, which will be distributed starting next month.

The comptroller's office will also supply free sports equipment to public schools in areas considered high risk for obesity.

Legislators have required the comptroller's office to compile research and information on the economic effects of obesity and areas where children are at risk.

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