HHS has awarded more than $119 million to states and U.S. territories to support efforts to reduce obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition and reduce smoking, which the agency said are the four most important actions to fight chronic disease in the U.S. The funding supports Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a wellness initiative funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
HHS awards $119 million for wellness efforts
The federal dollars will be allocated to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and six Pacific territories to focus on ways to help communities and schools make healthy choices. According to HHS, the awards fall into three categories: statewide policy and environmental change, in which all 58 applicants receive funding for nutrition, physical activity and tobacco control; competitive special policy and environmental change, for which 13 states received funding to implement 15 projects; and tobacco cessation, in which 53 applicants will receive funding to expand telephone “quitlines” and other media.
“Our goal through these statewide projects is to help make healthy choices the easier choices for all Americans, no matter where they live,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. “When we improve obesity-related and tobacco policies, we make it that much easier for people to eat right, to get more physical activity, and to avoid or stop smoking.”
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