Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Could stimulus make your kids fat?


There’s been plenty criticism of the hefty economic stimulus package. But here’s a new one: Could it make your kids fat?

The American Heart Association warns that confusing language in both the $819 billion-plus House and Senate stimulus bills could dissuade some schools from spending money on gymnasiums and stadiums and other shovel-ready projects that combat childhood obesity.

With the slumping economy curtailing family funds for expensive gym memberships and traveling soccer teams, health lobbyists say the school gym is vital to keeping students healthy. [Politico]

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