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Communities Putting Prevention to Work – Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity

Program Name: Communities Putting Prevention to Work – Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity
Point of Contact: Giridhar Mallya, Director of Policy and Planning, Department of Public Health or
Nan Feyler, Chief of Staff, Department of Public Health

Program Description

Federal Grant Name: Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Centers for Disease Control
Programs Supported Through Funding: Department of Public Health, Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity
Amount Applied For: Up to $20 million
Funds Awarded: None. Application due December 1, 2009. Award notification February 26, 2010
Point(s) of Contact for Project(s):

Why Apply for this Grant?

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a funding opportunity for health departments to implement sustainable, proven, population-based approaches such as broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes in communities and schools to reduce tobacco use, increase healthy eating and physical activity, and decrease the prevalence of obesity. Health departments of large cities with over 1 million people are eligible to apply directly for funding that will support programs for a 2-year period beginning on February 26, 2010. Awards will range from $10-20 million per category for large cities. This funding is a tremendous opportunity to expand the capacity of the Department of Public Health, create cross-cutting collaborations and transform how we approach public health in Philadelphia to improve the lives of all city residents by addressing the leading preventable causes of death and disability.

Program Objective

  • Implement broad-based, sustained media campaigns to promote healthy food choices and increased physical activity
  • Increase availability of fresh, healthy foods in communities via expanded farmers’ markets, and corner store initiatives
  • Improve school nutritional environments through multi-faceted interventions
  • Educate the public about nutritional content and food choices through mandated menu labeling in chain food establishments
  • Increase value of WIC and SNAP benefits when purchasing nutritious foods through funded coupon system
  • Establish School Wellness Councils in elementary and middle schools to improve healthy food choices and increase physical activity.
  • Enhance the ease, safety, and desirability of walking and biking in the city
  • Promote safe walking and biking by Philadelphia school children.
  • Increase public transit use by City workforce and private employers
  • Develop policies and practices in hospitals and workplaces to promote breastfeeding

Jobs Created/Retained

Not enough information at this time to estimate the number of jobs created.

 

Communities Putting Prevention to Work – Tobacco Control and Prevention

Program Name: Communities Putting Prevention to Work – Tobacco Control and Prevention
Point of Contact: Giridhar Mallya, Director of Policy and Planning, Department of Public Health or
Nan Feyler, Chief of Staff, Department of Public Health

Program Description

Federal Grant Name: Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Centers for Disease Control
Programs Supported Through Funding: Department of Public Health, Obesity, Tobacco Control and Prevention
Amount Applied For: Up to $20 million for two years
Funds Awarded: None. Application due December 1, 2009. Award notification February 26, 2010
Point(s) of Contact for Project(s):

Why Apply for this Grant?

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a funding opportunity for health departments to implement sustainable, proven, population-based approaches such as broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes in communities and schools to reduce tobacco use, increase healthy eating and physical activity, and decrease the prevalence of obesity. Health departments of large cities with over 1 million people are eligible to apply directly for funding that will support programs for a 2-year period beginning on February 26, 2010. Awards will range from $10-20 million per category for large cities. This funding is a tremendous opportunity to expand the capacity of the Department of Public Health, create cross-cutting collaborations and transform how we approach public health in Philadelphia to improve the lives of all city residents by addressing the leading preventable causes of death and disability.

Program Objective

  • Implement broad-based, sustained media campaigns to encourage cessation and deter smoking uptake in adults and youth
  • Build on Philadelphia’s clean indoor air law to develop policies and messages that promote smoke-free homes and cars
  • Decrease illegal tobacco sales to youth through improved surveillance, increased fines, enhanced judicial and merchant education, and possible zoning restrictions on new retailers, particularly near schools
  • Explore new regulations that affect the size, number and placement of tobacco ads in stores and that mandate in-store ads that discourage tobacco use at the point of purchase
  • Study and potentially implement a local excise tax on tobacco products to decrease smoking initiation and promote quit attempts
  • Create incentivized workplace cessation programs
  • Ensure comprehensive insurance coverage for cessation services
  • Expand use of quitlines and increase access to no-cost nicotine replacement therapy

Jobs Created/Retained

Not enough information at this time to estimate the number of jobs created.

 

 

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