Jay Perman is president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He’s also a pediatrician. Naturally, Perman tends to get animated when he talks about childhood obesity, the Washington Post reports. His university hosted a summit on that topic this week, and Tuesday state and university leaders announced the creation of a new Institute for a Healthiest Maryland. The institute will “focus on obesity prevention, tobacco cessation and the reduction of hypertension and high cholesterol, and will link local health departments and community leaders to proven interventions in health and wellness,” according to a news release…

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