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YMCA of the USA Expands Healthy Communities Initiatives With $6.8 Million Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Date:12/11/2008

The new grant from RWJF will allow Y-USA to continue to spread its learning and experience in community-level efforts and develop them as a statewide model for six states where childhood obesity rates are among the highest in the country. These states will be identified early next year. Each team will receive $50,000 over a two year period to cover training and seed implementation of a community action plan.

"Combating obesity calls on us to change the very landscape of our communities," said James Marks, M.D., M.P.H., a senior vice president and director, Health Group, at RWJF. "That's why the YMCA's approach here is so right and so exciting and why we are supporting it so enthusiastically."

Community teams selected to participate in Pioneering Healthier Communities are provided with ongoing learning opportunities to explore creative, proven strategies to improve their community's well-being through greater physical activity and healthy eating.

The initiative is part of Activate America(R), the YMCA's response to alarming trends in the nation's chronic disease rates. In addition to the RWJF grant, PHC is supported by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Cooperative Agreement #1U58DP001686).

     Contact:
     Kelly Kennai
     202.835.9043
     kelly.kennai@ymca.net

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