Chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems in the United States, but they also are among the most preventable. Lack of physical activity and poor nutrition — the two modifiable risk factors for obesity — and tobacco use are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and death related to chronic diseases. To help address these health issues, the U.S. Department of health and human Services (HHS) created Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW). Led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CPPW is a locally driven initiative supporting 50 communities over a two-year period to tackle obesity and tobacco use. Communities are being supported across the nation, and include urban areas, small and rural communities, and tribal communities.
Over 50 million people — or one in six Americans — live in a city, town, or tribal community that will benefit from this initiative. These communities are implementing environmental changes to make healthy living easier, such as improving means for safe active transportation, ensuring provision of healthy food and beverage options in schools, limiting exposure to secondhand smoke, and increasing available tobacco cessation resources. These efforts will produce broad, high-impact, sustainable health outcomes for the communities.
CPPW supports local-level grantees across the country in their efforts to tackle obesity and tobacco use. Individual communities are closely attuned to the health-related needs and challenges of their residents, and CDC provides them with technical assistance on the best practice- and science-based interventions available. These local investments empower communities by providing them with flexibility and control to develop unique solutions and adapt to changing needs.
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