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Saturday, January 30, 2016
ENP STAFF REPORTS
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ALBANY -- A Western New York-based organization was awarded more than $2 million from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

The P2 Collaborative of Western New York, which serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties will receive the $2,053,020 over the next three years. Three other organizations in New York State were also awarded CDC grants.

"The health and well-being of New Yorkers continues to improve every day and a large part of that is the work of organizations promoting healthy living in their communities," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "This funding helps strengthen these organizations in the battle against deadly, but preventable diseases and helps pave the way towards a healthier New York."

The recipients of the four grants serve counties with high rates of chronic disease and/or more than 40 percent minority population. The funding will allow each organization to implement strategies in community and health care settings that promote health, support and reinforce healthful behaviors, encourage lifestyle change program participation, and link community programs to clinical services. This includes everything from increasing availability of healthy foods in small retail stores to implementing community plans that promote walking and increased engagement of health workers with their communities.

The other awardees include the Albany County Department of Health which received $879,880, the Health Advancement Collaborative of Central New York and Hudson River HealthCare, Inc., which both received $2,053,020.



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