SCDHEC awarded $1.6 million in grants

Washington, D.C - WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMBF) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human services has announced Tuesday $1.6 million awarded in South Carolina as part of "Communities Putting Prevention to Work."

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was awarded the grant for obesity prevention.

The Prevention and Public Health Fund, created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will expand the number of communities and states participating in the "Communities Putting Prevention to Work" program, and will support efforts to reduce obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition and decrease smoking.

"These new CPPW awards are a best buy for Americans as they support community-based work through tested programs and strategies that prevent chronic diseases and help Americans lead healthier lives," Center for Disease Control director, Thomas Frieden said, "We are changing the paradigm to make the healthy choice the default choice."

For more information about SCDHEC's prevention and wellness projects, visit www.scdhec.gov. For more about CPPW, visit www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/recovery.

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