obese_boy.jpgDETROIT (AP) _ Wayne State University researchers have received a $5.7 million federal grant to find ways to fight obesity among African-American children.

Obesity is significantly higher among blacks, particularly among children and adolescents.

The five-year grant comes from the National Institutes of Health. The school says it will start recruiting 58 families for the study in 2010.

Wayne State says the project will use a multidisciplinary team of researchers with specialties that include adolescent health behavior and provider-family interactions.

Pediatrics associate professor Sylvie Naar-King and food sciences professor Catherine Jen will lead the center.