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YMCA gains federal grant to try to make Springfieldians healthier

The Ozarks Regional YMCA works with a group called the Healthy Living Alliance.

December 11, 2012|edited news release

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- On behalf of the community collaborative, the Healthy Living Alliance, The Ozarks Regional YMCA received a grant of more than $1.3 million to help make the healthy choice the easy choice in Springfield.

The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) Community Transformation Grants (CTG). The CTGs are an effort by the Obama Administration to address health and well-being of U.S. communities through initiatives. 

The Prevention and Public Health Fund, as part of the Affordable Care Act, supports the CTG program and other initiatives designed to achieve the ability to prevent chronic diseases, detect them early, manage conditions before they become severe, and provide states and communities the resources they need to promote healthy living. 

The Healthy Living Alliance (HLA) is one of 48 awardees around the nation that represent an organization committed to improving the health of their community.  The HLA is a team of more than 30 like-minded organizations working together to connect existing programs with specific health needs in schools and worksites. 

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The main goal of the program is to create a healthier Springfield by promoting healthy eating and active living, supporting tobacco-free living, expanding access to and use of clinical and preventive services, creating a safer built environment, and promoting social and emotional wellness for all residents.

The money awarded to the HLA will pay for existing projects and resources to be completed quicker, which will help changes be made to support a culture of health.

To learn more about the Healthy Living Alliance’s prevention and wellness projects, visit www.hlaspringfield.org.

The effort to submit this grant was made possible in part by support from Missouri Foundation for Health.

To learn more about the Community Transformation Grant Program, including a list of all awardees, visit www.cdc.gov/communitytransformation.

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