Childhood Obesity Program Failed, University of Texas Study Finds

A four-year, $37 million state program to improve physical education at high-poverty middle schools failed to reduce obesity rates, according to a study by the University of Texas at Austin.

The program, Texas Fitness Now, primarily gave money to schools to buy sports and gym equipment from 2007 to 2011. One-quarter of the money was originally meant for nutrition, but a much smaller ratio — about 7 percent of the funds in 2009 and 2010 — went to schools for healthy eating initiatives, the study’s lead author said.

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