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DeKalb County gets Federal Funding to Curb Obesity

Earlier this week, the DeKalb County Board of Health received $2.35 million to fund a two-year project to create policies, systems, and environments that improve physical activity and nutrition, and reduce the risk factors that contribute to childhood and adult obesity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $31 million for awards through the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to ten communities in eight states and one award to a state health department to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking.

DeKalb was chosen because of its history of success using evidence-based strategies to eliminate obesity and reduce tobacco use in the county.

The DeKalb County Board of Health was the first local board of health in the state of Georgia to help pass a smoke-free ordinance in the county. It was also the first to secure a $5 million in CDC funding to implement a five year program called, “Steps to a Healthy DeKalb’ which promoted physical activity and improved nutrition for residents in South DeKalb.

The two grants will be programmatically administered by the health department’s Health Assessment and Promotion program.

“We anticipate that these two awards will significantly move us towards working with local partners to create long-term plans that will help to create a healthier community,” said Christopher Holliday, Ph.D., M.P.H., department manager of Health Assessment and Promotion at the DeKalb County Board of Health.