The Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program (NAPA) recently received a 5 year grant of over 4 million dollars from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the purpose of preventing and controlling obesity in our state. This group is housed at MSU in Bozeman. The funding will support local county and tribal health departments in strengthening the obesity-prevention infrastructure in the state. Specifically the grant has 4 main goals:
- Improve the nutritional environment by improving the affordability of healthy foods. NAPA will be working with interested grocery store and restaurants (including children’s menus) to improve the availability, pricing, and promotion of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods.
- Increase breastfeeding rates by working with local hospitals to implement the UNICEF/WHO “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”
- Improving the built environment by working with city planners, developers, elected officials, and school personnel to make communities more conducive to walking and biking.
- Improve availability of healthy foods and physical exercise on the worksite.
As a part of the this grant all Montana AAP members will be receiving free handouts/posters in the mail to promote Turn Off TV Week which is April 20-26, 2009. Please post them in your office in April. Check out www.montananapa.org to get details on this amazing opportunity for our state.