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Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)

Information about the CPPW Initiative

  •  850-245-4407 - Section Administrator

    Mailing Address

    Florida Department of Health 

    Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin# A-18 

    Tallahassee, FL, 32399-1720 

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CDC - Communities Putting Prevention to Work

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 theCommunities 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.

CPPW Communities in Florida

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.

  • Miami-Dade County
  • Orange County
  • Pinellas County

Community Profile - Obesity Prevention


Miami-Dade County, Florida, is tackling obesity throughout the community, which is home to more than 2.5 million residents.  The rate of obesity and overweight adults in the county is 66.3%.  Ten percent (10%) of high-school students are obese and only 12% attend daily physical-education classes at school, which is lower than the state rate of 44%.

Poor diet and physical inactivity contribute to the obesity problem.  Only 22.1% of adults in the county consume the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, and 28.9% of the adult population reported no physical activity in the last 30 days, which is higher than the national rate of 24%.


Community changes will help build a healthier Miami-Dade County and create a more satisfying place to live, work, and play.  More bike paths and increased access to local parks and recreation facilities will make physical activity the norm among county residents.  Fresh, healthy foods and beverages will be more available in school cafeterias, convenience stores, and vending machines.  Baby-Friendly Hospitals will promote the health benefits of breast-feeding and offer resources on breast-feeding to new mothers.  In strengthening the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade, the local community will enhance its focus on obesity prevention at all levels.

Community Profile - Tobacco Use Prevention


Orange County, Florida, which is home to 1,086,480 residents, is tackling tobacco use with the goal of improving the health of the entire community. Tobacco-use prevention is important to Orange County, where respiratory disease is among the top causes of death.  Approximately 12.2% of adults and 11.2% of high-school students in Orange County smoke. Additionally, more than 60% of high-school students in Orange County report exposure to secondhand smoke, and only 48.1% of high-school students reported receiving any tobacco-use prevention education.


Community changes will help build a healthier Orange County and create a more satisfying place to live, work, and play.  Orange County residents will suffer less from the adverse effects of tobacco use due to increased availability of and access to tobacco-cessation programs.  Patrons of public parks, schools, and bars will be exposed to less secondhand smoke.  Multiunit housing will promote smoke-free environments, creating healthier homes in which community members can live and grow.  Tobacco use will be significantly less prevalent among Orange County residents, and all members of the community will benefit as a result.

Community Profile - Obesity Prevention


Pinellas County, Florida, is tackling obesity throughout the community of approximately 909,000 residents.  More than 63% of Pinellas County adults are overweight or obese, which is higher than the state average of overweight or obese adults.  It is estimated that approximately 29.5%-33.5% of 2-4 year olds and 25%-29.9% of high-school students in Pinellas County are overweight or obese.

The disproportionate burden of obesity on certain ethnic and racial populations is also a concern.  In the state of Florida, approximately 21% of white adults are obese, compared with roughly 35% of African- American adults and 26% of Hispanic adults.  In addition to obesity-prevention efforts aimed at Pinellas County's general population, certain initiatives target these high-risk groups.


Community changes will help build a healthier Pinellas County and create a more satisfying place to live, work, and play.  Pinellas County aspires to create an environment where parents walk their children to school instead of driving them. Streets will accommodate walkers, runners, and bikers instead of just automobiles.  Community members will take advantage of wellness programs offered by their employers and will find healthy drinks and snacks in their office vending machines.  As healthy choices become more available, they will also become the norm.