MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA) -- A grant will help childcare centers in five northwest Alabama counties join the effort to reduce childhood obesity.
Governor Robert Bentley awarded a $116,491 grant to Childcare Education Resources, Inc.
A National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality study shows more than 36 percent of the children in Alabama are overweight or obese.
The grant will establish the Active Children Thrive project in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Marion, and Winston counties.
Employees of 16 childcare centers will receive training to focus on methods to promote healthier eating and lifestyle habits.
Matching funds of $56,350 will supplement the grant.