Health Department will use stimulus finds to reduce obesity, tobacco use
2010-03-22 · By Editor
Long Beach residents will benefit from new federal stimulus grant funding awarded to Los Angeles County. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the award of $32.1 million to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, to launch initiatives that promote physical activity to obesity and related chronic disease and to reduce tobacco use and exposure. The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Long Beach Health Department) was a partner in the submission of the grant application, and will now receive up to $1 million in grant funding over two years to address these issues in the City of Long Beach.
“This latest Federal Stimulus grant will help Long Beach residents live a healthier lifestyle by promoting wellness, physical activity, and a smoke-free environment,” said Mayor Bob Foster.
The Long Beach Health Department will utilize these funds for two projects. The first is Project CLEAR (Community Leadership Education Action and Renewal: A Smoke Free Vision for Long Beach) which will develop community collaborations to integrate tobacco prevention services and control policies toward reducing tobacco use and exposure. The second project is a Physical Activity/Obesity Prevention Project that will implement healthy food and beverage choices through the promotion of healthier food policies, as well as to promote bike friendly business districts.
“Chronic diseases can be prevented,” said Ronald R. Arias, Long Beach Health Department Director. “A public health intervention is the most effective way to prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart and lung disease, and cancer. Prevention works and public health programs lead in preventing these health problems.“
The awards are part of the HHS Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative, a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
In addition to the public health benefits of the initiative, the competitively awarded grants will create up to five local jobs. Communities will have two years to complete their programs. Nationally, 44 communities received funding for this initiative. Los Angeles County is one of only seven areas nationally to receive funding in both the Physical Activity and the Tobacco Prevention categories.
For more information on this new grant award, please contact Michael Johnson, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, at 562.570.4012.