Audit to review Mass. child obesity programs



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SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — How is Massachusetts doing in the fight against childhood obesity?

Some answers could come on Monday when state Auditor Suzanne Bump releases what her office is calling a comprehensive audit of efforts within state government to address the problem of obesity among children.

The audit will examine programs run by several departments including Public Health, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Agricultural Resources.

Bump will release the results during an event in Somerville. For the past 15 years, the city has run a "Shape Up Somerville" program that promotes physical activity and healthy eating.

Massachusetts requires schools to collect data about body mass index for students in the first, fourth, seventh and 10th grades and provide the information to state health officials. Parents can also request the information about their children.

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