Health Department Receives Funding for Food Access and Tobacco Prevention

On March 22, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health was awarded cooperative agreements totaling $25.4 million over two years for prevention and wellness initiatives. The two awards are from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The first award, totaling $10.4 million, will fund work to decrease smoking and secondhand smoke exposure among city residents. The second award, totaling $15 million, will fund promotion of healthy nutrition and increased physical activity.
Health Commissioner Don Schwarz said, “The Philadelphia Department of Public Health will use this new federal funding to begin the process of creating an infrastructure for healthy living in Philadelphia. We will make tobacco cessation resources more accessible to Philadelphia smokers, further restricting youth access to cigarettes, and changing the norms about smoking throughout the city. These resources will also help combat chronic disease by making healthy foods more available to Philadelphians, decreasing the availability and consumption of unhealthy foods, and promoting physical activity.”
The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability will coordinate with the Department of Public Health to meet both the healthy food access goals of the Health Department’s project and the Greenworks Philadelphia goal of creating 86 fresh food outlets by 2015.

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