Eight States Selected to Receive Grants From the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to Implement Physical Activity and Nutrition Programing to Combat Obesity

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, an Atlanta-based, national association of state health agency chronic disease prevention professionals, is pleased to announce that eight state health departments have been selected to receive grants to support the development of physical activity and nutrition programs in partnership with selected communities.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is pleased to announce that eight state health departments have been selected to receive grants to support the development of physical activity and nutrition programs in partnership with selected communities. States selected include Kentucky, Delaware, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, North Dakota, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Each of these eight states had some of the highest obesity prevalence rates in the nation in 2007 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 27.4% in Delaware to 32% in Mississippi. Seven states will receive $20,000 and will provide $15,000 directly to community groups; Delaware will receive $14,000, $9,000 going directly to communities.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, an Atlanta-based, national association of state health agency chronic disease prevention professionals, is pleased to award these funds as part of a collaborative research grant from Klein Buendel, Inc., a Golden, Colorado health education media research firm and the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to assist communities in implementing programs targeting improvements in physical activity and healthy nutrition.

Eligible applicants for these grants were 15 states with the highest overweight and obesity rates in the U.S. The state grants were awarded based on the strength of the states' history and current ability to build and sustain partnerships with state and community-level organizations with capacity to build community-based health initiatives in obesity prevention.

Upon state funding, a competitive process will be implemented to select the local communities. Successful community applicants will demonstrate that partnerships are in place to effectively plan and implement physical activity and/or nutrition projects to reduce community risks for obesity. Community applicants will be expected to convene and coordinate a coalition of organizations that are vested in improving physical activity opportunities and improving nutritional status of their residents. These groups and their members will become part of a research project that will test various methods of project management. The planning and implementation of community projects will take place during the thirteen month period from July 1, 2009 to July 31, 2010.

For more information on NACDD, visit our website at: http://www.chronicdisease.org

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