- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University researchers are heading a $4.7 million federal program aimed at reducing obesity among pre-school children.

The East Lansing school says the five-year grant is part of a $42 million U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative. It’s funded under the 2014 Farm Bill.

The university says that Human development professor Holly Brophy-Herb “will lead a multidisciplinary team to address obesity prevention among families with preschoolers.”

It’s focusing on what the university calls “healthy family mealtimes among low-income families.”

Brophy-Herb says healthy mealtimes are “a key practice in obesity prevention and healthy lifestyles.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese.

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