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Healthy Communities Receives Stimulus Grant

$2 million awarded from the Recovery Act Prevention and Wellness Initiative

Columbus, Ind. -   Bartholomew County, Indiana awarded $2 million as Part of Recovery Act Prevention and Wellness Initiative, Communities Putting Prevention to Work.

Today, Healthy Communities was awarded a grant of $2 million for obesity prevention in Bartholomew County.
This grant award is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative to support public health efforts to reduce obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and decrease smoking—four critical actions for combating chronic diseases and promoting health.

The $372.8 million, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was awarded to 44 communities, including cities, towns, and tribes. These communities are receiving awards to implement policy, systems and environmental change strategies over the next two years as one of several initiatives of HHS Communities Putting Prevention to Work.

Beth Morris, Director of Community Health Partnerships, Columbus Regional Hospital and Program Director, noted: "Healthy Communities eagerly accepts the challenges and the resources offered with this funding, as the grant allows us to work with our community partners to accelerate a comprehensive approach to promoting healthy lifestyles. We are grateful for this opportunity and are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work!"

The competitive funding awards to cities, towns, and tribes across the country will allow communities to support healthy choices among their residents through a variety of methods including increasing the availability of healthy foods and beverages, improving access to safe places for physical activity, discouraging tobacco use, and encouraging smoke-free environments.

Congressman Baron Hill said,: "I'd like to heartily congratulate the Healthy Communities Initiative of Bartholomew County for securing this national, competitive and significant grant award. This is a program that is doing great things in the Columbus area, particularly for the younger generation."

Specifically, in Bartholomew County the work of the grant is focused on changing policies regarding access to healthy food and physical activity in order to make it easier to make healthy choices.

Healthy Communities will be working on 20 interventions over the course of two years. For information about how you can become involved in this work, please contact Kelli Thompson at


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