Child obesity program receives funding

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Two Yakima organizations are making sure the "Act! Get Up! Get Moving!" childhood obesity program has more money to help more children.

Nearly $71,000 was donated by the Safeway Foundation. Sage Fruit handed over $15,000.

The program partnered with Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and the Yakima YMCA.

Close to 50 local families have enrolled in the program. It's a way for children ages eight to 14 learn about healthy eating behaviors.

"We have a lot of families that contacted me," said Children's Wellness Coordinator Kate .... "They are very eager to change and become healthier as a family."

"The fact that it's teaching Josh how to make better choices for himself with what he puts in his body by his choice of fruits and vegetables opposed to junk food and fast food," said LeeAnn Mulhair who is a Moxee parent. "It incorporates family."

The program will begin early January. Limited openings are still available.