Petersburg schools have landed a big state grant to help with obesity prevention and control. The school district is one of eight in Alaska selected for grant money totaling nearly 150-thousand dollars this year from the Department of Health and Social Services. It’s possible the following three years could see similar awards, which would bring Petersburg’s total over four years to around 600-thousand dollars. The money will be used to improve student health through exercise and diet changes. The money will also pay for local teacher Ginger Evens to become the district’s obesity prevention and control program coordinator. Joe Viechnicki spoke with her about the new grant.

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