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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Fri Oct 14, 2011.

San Joaquin County Public Health Services is recruiting and training women in the community to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors by holding discussion groups with their peers.

Mothers Taking Action is a pilot project of the Network for a Healthy California that is supported by a federal grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Program of Public Health Services is overseeing this project.

The initial phase started in South Stockton, where five women have been facilitating peer-to-peer discussion groups since January.

Public Health Services recognized these women at a dinner Thursday. Over the months, they have met with 105 mothers in the community.

They are currently expanding the Mothers Taking Action project throughout San Joaquin County by recruiting additional dedicated mothers to hold discussion groups in their communities. The goal is to prevent obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases in their own families and neighborhoods.

Interested women are encouraged to contact Ingrid Glenn at Public Health Services at 209-468-3868 for more information.

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