$3,435,221 Federal Health And Human Services Grant Promotes Healthy Living On Kauai And Maui
Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today announced the awarding of $3,435,221 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant funding to support healthy living while combating obesity on the islands of Kauai and Maui.
The federal funding will be distributed through the Department of Health and Human Service's comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).
The $3,435,221 will be utilized by the State of Hawaii's Kauai and Maui District Health Offices to raise residents' knowledge and awareness of healthy eating and active living through a media campaign, increase physical activity and improve nutrition for residents through social support and culturally appropriate education, as well as create local infrastructure for production, distribution, and processing of locally grown agricultural products including links with schools, restaurants, and grocery stores.
Kauai and Maui join just 42 other communities across the country to receive the more than $372 million in Department of Health and Human Services grants. These funds will be used to support the national effort to reduce obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and decrease smoking -- four critical actions for combating chronic diseases and promoting health.
Congresswoman Hirono voted in favor of the Recovery Act on February 13, 2009. President Barack Obama signed it into law four days later.