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L.A. County to announce federal health grants

March 19, 2010 |  8:30 am

U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Credit: Charles Cherney / Associated Press L.A. County public health officials are scheduled to announce Friday how much federal grant money they have been awarded to help fund local prevention and wellness initiatives.

The announcement is part of a national kickoff event hosted in Washington, D.C., by First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, according to information released by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department.

The amount of the county's award and its significance will be announced at a news conference attended by L.A. County Public Health Director Jonathan E. Fielding and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, among others.

In February, the first lady announced the "Let’s Move" campaign, calling for public-private partnerships to help promote good health and prevent disease.

Sebelius followed earlier this month with an announcement about an opportunity for national and public non-profit organizations to apply for $10 million in cooperative agreements to help communities decrease smoking and obesity, increase physical activity and improve nutrition.

-- Ann M. Simmons

Photo: U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Credit: Charles Cherney / Associated Press

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