Broome County fights back against Cancer

By WBNG News

April 25, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County received a $450,000 grant to fight cancer caused by obesity.

The grant was given by the Centers for Disease Control over a five year period.

It makes Broome County the first in Upstate New York to implement Food Procurement Standards.

Broome County serves roughly 1.8 million meals each year between the Willow Point Nursing Home, Senior Centers, Childrens Centers, Meals on Wheels recipients, and at the Broome County Jail.

In New York State 25% of adults and 11% of high school students are obese which raises the risks for cancer.

"We know that we are going to have to put some more money into the budget for this, but in the end we'll get that in a return because of the health issues and what it will do as far as cancer," said Broome County Executive, Debbie Preston.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States and Broome County hopes this initiative will help save the lives of county residents.