The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Office of Preventive Health will receive approximately $8.5 million over the next five years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help combat obesity and chronic disease across the state. The funding is part of the CDC’s State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health program.
“This is the first time our state has received funding to address the issue of obesity,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “We look forward to making strides against the problem of obesity that affects so much of our population.”
The funding comprises two components: a non-competitive component in which MSDH was awarded $619,000 annually, and a competitive component in which MSDH was funded for $1.1 million annually. All states and the District of Columbia were eligible to apply for the competitive component. Mississippi is one of 32 states to receive the competitive funding.
“This funding will support a comprehensive, statewide approach to promoting health and controlling and preventing chronic diseases and their risk factors,” said Dr. Currier. “Chronic diseases resulting from obesity, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, are the leading causes of death and disability in our country and in our state.”
MSDH will have five years to use the funding to implement programs to address obesity issues and submit results to the CDC. For more information on obesity, visit www.HealthyMS.com.
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