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$3M Blue Cross gift aims for better NC food habits

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) - The foundation backed by North Carolina's largest health insurer is putting another $3 million into helping more children in child care to eat healthy and exercise.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is announcing Thursday a second $3 million grant over three years to the North Carolina Partnership for Children. The money will expand Shape NC, which is an effort to improve the health of more than 1,000 young North Carolina children.

The foundation says the program is expected to expand from about 20 child care centers to about 240. The program says it has increased the number of children provided with fruit two or more times a day and gotten center operators to add bike paths and vegetable gardens for outdoor learning.

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