Be Our Voice Blog
Monday, September 27th, 2010
On September 14, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $31 million for awards to ten communities in eight states and one award to a state health department to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking, increase physical activity and improve nutrition.
The awards were funded by the Prevention and Public Health Fund included in the Affordable Care Act. They are also part of the HHS Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program, which is a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the 9 awards given, 7 were designated for obesity prevention efforts.
The announcement of the award is a powerful event in celebration of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The CPPW program is an example of a national initiative with a local focus, much like Be Our Voice. Such programs are vital to the fight against the obesity epidemic. National policies and programs must be complemented by change and implementation at the local level if we are to reverse the trend of childhood obesity within a generation.
To view a detailed listing of grant awardees, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/recovery/community-awards.htm