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Aug 18, 2010 3:25 PM by Carina Corral

Grant will help local hospitals fight obesity in low-income residents and seniors

A $4,000 grant will help combat obesity in the community.

French Hospital Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital will soon offer a four-week nutrition series.

The lectures are designed to target low income residents including Latinos and seniors, but are open to anyone interested in living healthier.

"The series has a very basic approach to many complicated issues like how to read a nutrition label, how to understand the new My Pyramid and the overall understanding that food is good. The series gives the person a better understanding of what to select and better food choices to make," said the hospital's Community Benefits/Outreach Coordinator Patty Herrera Herrera.

Participants will also learn hands-on fun physical activities encouraging family exercise.

The grant was awarded by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation, which has identified obesity prevention as a critical local preventive health issue.

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