Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Funds to Help Boost Physical Activity and Reduce Risk of Chronic Disease The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded grants to 61 states and communities with over 120 million residents to tackle the root causes of chronic disease, such as lack of physical activity, smoking, and poor diet. All grantees will work to address 3 priority areas—active living and healthy eating, tobacco-free living, and quality clinical/preventive services. Grantees also may focus on creating healthy and safe environments. Additionally, recipients of Community Transformation Grants will focus on reducing health disparities given that, in addition to lacking access to the health care they need, many lower–income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities, and other underserved populations often have higher rates of disease. Thirty-five grantees will implement proven interventions to help improve health and wellness. Twenty-six grantees will work to build capacity by laying a foundation for sustainable community prevention efforts. Funding amounts range from $147,000 to $10 million depending on the type of grant, population size, and scope of project.