PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been awarded a major grant to fight a big problem.

More than one third of all kids in the Delaware Valley are overweight, according to a recent study, and nearly a quarter are obese:  “Both significantly higher than the national average,” according to CHOP spokesman George Bochanski.

So CHOP is getting $10 million to help cut the fat.

“It’ll allow us to basically triple the number of children in and around the city of Philadelphia that we see each year for childhood obesity issues, to do some significant research in the area, and to share that research throughout the country,” Bochanski told KYW Newsradio this morning.

The three-year grant comes from the Foundation For a Healthy America, a nonprofit organization funded by the non-alcoholic-beverage industry.  CHOP says there are no strings attached to the grant.

Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060.