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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative is investing $372.8 million to advance policy, systems, and environmental change approaches to prevent obesity and tobacco use in 44 communities nationwide. Funding for this initiative is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. These communities will apply these funds to promote wellness and reduce chronic disease risk over two years. The Minnesota Department of Health received a $5.9 million CPPW community initiative grant to conduct obesity prevention interventions in Olmsted County and Minneapolis. Olmsted County Public Health Services is pleased to be part of the CPPW initiative, receiving $2.2 million to create sustainable changes supporting physical activity and healthy eating. Intervention activities under this initiative will include:

• Encouraging Olmsted County to adopt a Complete Streets policy
• Creating and enhancing Safe Routes to School programs in elementary schools county-wide
• Expanding access to and affordability of Farmers' Markets for low-income populations
• Conducting a healthy vending pilot project at Rochester Community Technical College
• Developing a Bicycle Master Plan for incorporation in the county's long-range transportation plan
• Promoting trail usage through increased way-finding signage, connectivity projects, and local media
• Collaborating to develop a media campaign to support CPPW efforts in Olmsted County and Minneapolis

The CPPW grant strengthens and builds upon related healthy living initiatives of State Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and Active Living Rochester.

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