INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana is one of 14 states that the national YMCA is targeting for an initiative against childhood obesity.
Some of the potential projects for the state's 45 YMCA associations are creating safe walking routes to schools, increasing physical education and activity in schools and improving access to fresh fruits and vegetables in some neighborhoods.
Indiana YMCA Healthy Living Initiatives director Brent Wake tells The Indianapolis Star that the alliance wants to imitate programs that are successful from around the country.
A federal study shows that in 2010, 14.2 percent of Indiana's children ages 2 to 5 were obese and 12.8 percent in grades 9-12 were obese.
The YMCA of the USA is giving the Indiana group $280,000 for two years toward the effort.