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Wed February 10, 2010
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Gillibrand Plans Health Initiative for Inner Cities

Oswego, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand plans to introduce a bill that would help get fresh produce into inner cities and communities that don't have access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

Gillibrand says President Obama put money in his budget proposal for the program, but it's not fully funded. The Senator says she'll request more money to be directed to the program. It's part of her effort to help reduce obesity.

"All the studies show that when a child's obese, they don't test as well in math or in reading, mostly because they don't sleep as well at night, they often have self-esteem problems, because kids make fun of them and these kids are just not given the opportunity to achieve their potential," said Gillibrand.

Gillibrand plans to introduce her bill in the coming weeks.

She was at the White House yesterday to attend First Lady, Michelle Obama's new campaign to combat childhood obesity.