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Charity calling on community to help fight obesity epidemic

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The William Swanston Charitable Fund is calling on the community to help address the obesity epidemic.  More than 100 community leaders, educators and health care providers attended the 4th Annual Innovations Conference to brainstorm innovate ways to improve physical well being.

"We are looking for collaboration.  So, we would like to see a hospital setting collaborate with a couple of school districts in the area with maybe some nutritionists, maybe people who understand the effects of this and how to change behavior," said Paul Dutton, chairman of the William Swanston Charitable Fund.

Statistics show that obesity has reached epidemic proportions with about a third of all children considered overweight or obese.  It is a statistic seen first hand by panelist and youth fitness specialist Melody Case.

"With mortality rates being what they are I think people are seeing what can happen if they don't change now.  So, that is important," said Case.

Through its "Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Futures Initiative", the William Swanston Charitable Fund is committed to funding a unique, collaborative idea that will help reduce obesity and increase overall health of overweight and obese children living in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties.

"In addition to poverty and addition to barriers to education health and wellness seems to be a big issue for at risk children," said Dutton.

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