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L.A. County awarded $32 million to fight chronic diseases

Los Angeles County has received a $32-million grant from the federal government to pay for projects that tackle chronic diseases, health officials said Friday.

The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is part of an initiative called Communities Putting Prevention to Work. The two-year grant will be used to address obesity, physical activity, nutrition, tobacco use and other health issues, officials said.

Friday’s announcement at the Hahn Hall of Administration in downtown Los Angeles was made in conjunction with a national event hosted in Washington by First Lady Michelle Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

L.A. County was among 44 communities that received awards, although more than 400 nationwide applied, officials said. The money will be used to positively affect citizens’ access to safe places to exercise, their ability to purchase nutritional foods and their right to smoke-free environments, officials said.

"This funding gives our public health department an exciting new opportunity to improve the health and quality of life of Los Angeles County residents," County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said in a statement.

-- Ann M. Simmons

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ABSOLUTELY INSANE! Just being in Los Angeles causes CHRONIC DISEASE; that's not enough to fly everyone out of town!

Just to make the math easy, assume a worker pays $32k in annual fed income taxes. That means the US govt taxed 1,000 workers for one year, then took all the taxes collected and threw the money away on useless programs about nutrition, exercise-access, and smoking. In fact, the US govt just transferred wealth from the people who earned it to leaches who depend on govt infusions to survive.

I know of a case where we pay 1 million per year on an illegal alien with a genetic disease. He would die without it and I think there should be some mechanism to help but you would not believe his entitled attitude.......


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