Communities Putting Prevention to Work – Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity

General Information
Program/Project Name: Communities Putting Prevention to Work – Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity

Funding Category: Serving the Most Vulnerable

Program Description
Federal Grant Name: Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Centers for Disease Control

Programs Supported Through Funding: Department of Public Health, Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity

Why Apply for this Grant?
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a funding opportunity for health departments to implement sustainable, proven, population-based approaches such as broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes in communities and schools to reduce tobacco use, increase healthy eating and physical activity, and decrease the prevalence of obesity. Health departments of large cities with over 1 million people are eligible to apply directly for funding that will support programs for a 2-year period beginning on February 26, 2010. This funding is a tremendous opportunity to expand the capacity of the Department of Public Health, create cross-cutting collaborations and transform how we approach public health in Philadelphia to improve the lives of all city residents by addressing the leading preventable causes of death and disability.

Program Objectives:

  • Implement broad-based, sustained media campaigns to promote healthy food choices and increased physical activity
  • Increase availability of fresh, healthy foods in communities via corner store initiatives and low-income accessible farmers’ markets
  • Increase value of WIC and SNAP benefits when purchasing nutritious foods through funded coupon system
  • Improve school nutritional environments through multifaceted interventions
  • Establish School Wellness Councils in elementary and middle schools to improve healthy food choices and increase physical activity.
  • Enhance the ease, safety, and desirability of walking and biking in the city
  • Increase public transit and active transit by City workforce and employees of large private employers
  • Develop policies and practices in hospitals and workplaces to promote breastfeeding

Grant Achievements for the Quarter: This past quarter, Philadelphia’s CPPW initiative—known as Get Healthy Philly (GHP)—was able to make great strides in making healthy behaviors the default.Through a partnership with the School District’s Office of Food Services, GHP introduced 91 breakfast carts in 60 schools with 37,000 children to improve participation in the District’s free meal program. A GHP partnership developed the first-ever nutrition and physical activity standards for Out-of-School Time after-school programs, which serve over 10,000 low-income children. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, a key GHP partner, will be implementing new north-south bike lanes this spring in Center City Philadelphia The City Planning Commission, in partnership with GHP, recently released a report, Planning and Zoning for a Healthier City

Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:

Q8: 54.65

Q9: 59.53

Q10: 56.35

*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.

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