CDC Awards New Hampshire Multi-Year Grant To Help Prevent Obesity

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded New Hampshire a five-year grant to develop a State
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program. The program is aimed at improving healthy eating and physical activity in an effort to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases.

"Although New Hampshire is cited among the healthiest states in the nation, we are not immune to the prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases. Promoting public health means promoting prevention, healthy nutrition and
healthy lifestyles, and this grant will help us to do just that," said Gov. John Lynch.

DHHS's Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) Nutrition and Health Promotion Section will administer the funds. The grant of $380,000, available each year, will support the State's recently developed Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Action Plan. Efforts will focus on six key areas including the increasing of physical activity, eating of fruits and vegetables and breast-feeding and cutting down on sugared drinks, junk food and TV watching.

"With overweight and obesity affecting almost 62% of New Hampshire residents, this CDC multi-year award will allow us to have a major impact on an important public health issue," said DPHS Director Dr Jose Montero.
"This will also allow us the opportunity to continue working collaboratively with State and community partners on the implementation of the HEAL plan."

The goal of the program is to reduce the State's obesity rate which is 25.1%. New Hampshire is one of only 23 states to receive funding from the CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.

For more information about the HEAL Action Plan visit:
For more information about healthy living visit: