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Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)

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Chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems in the United States, but they also are among the most preventable.  Lack of physical activity and poor nutrition - the two modifiable risk factors for obesity - and tobacco use are responsible for much of the illness, suffering, and death related to chronic diseases.  To help address these health issues, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USHHS) created the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CPPW is a locally driven initiative supporting 50 communities, over a two-year period, to tackle obesity and tobacco use.  Communities are being supported across the nation, and include urban areas, small and rural communities, and tribal communities.  Individual communities are closely attuned to the health-related needs and challenges of their residents, and CDC provides them with technical assistance on the best practice- and science-based interventions available.

These local investments empower communities by providing them with the flexibility and control to develop unique solutions and adapt to changing needs.  This support allows communities to implement environmental changes to make healthy living easier, such as improving means for safe active transportation, ensuring provision of healthy food and beverage options in schools, limiting exposure to secondhand smoke, and increasing available tobacco cessation resources.  These efforts will produce broad, high-impact, sustainable health outcomes for the communities.

Florida houses three CPPW communities: Miami-Dade County, Orange County, and Pinellas County.  Both Miami-Dade County and Pinellas County chose to focus on obesity prevention while Orange County chose to focus on tobacco use prevention.  Florida's CPPW communities were awarded a total of $26.15 million in federal grant money to aid their initiatives.

For more information on nationwide, statewide and community CPPW initiatives, please visit