D.C. gets $1.8m Obamacare grant to promote healthy living for minorities

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Washington D.C. has been awarded a $1.8 million grant “to design and implement community-level programs that prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.”

The Community Transformation Act — funded by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare — is intended to target “approximately 445,000 residents living in the District of Columbia, focusing on racial/ethnic minority, low-income, medically underserved, and disabled communities.”

The strategies of the grant include increasing smoke-free multi-unit housing, increasing availability and affordability of healthful foods in workplaces, menu labeling support, implementing environmental and infrastructure improvements to increase physical activity, and improving nutrition and chronic disease outcomes.

D.C. also planned to use the money to “increase policies and practices to support breastfeeding in health care, community, workplaces, and learning and childcare settings.”

Administered through the Centers for Disease Control, the grant was awarded in September 2011, which is the beginning of fiscal year 2012, CNS reported Tuesday.

Other states and local governments across the country have received tens of millions in taxpayer funds as part of the initiative.

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