Dearborn is set to be a part of a new program that aims to study and help prevent obesity, particularly among Arab American children, thanks to a nearly $73,000 grant.

Suha Kridli, assistant professor at Oakland University's School of Nursing who secured the grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation for the "Improving Health Behaviors in Arab American Youth" project, said she selected Dearborn for its high concentration of Arab Americans.

"Childhood obesity is everywhere and we see it more in minority groups," she said. "There is published data on the problem, but there was no prevention program ever in the Arab community that was tailored to their needs."

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