San Jose, CA - Today, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) applauded an award of more than $1 million in Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) federal funding that will help launch an initiative aimed at improving health and wellness for 94,000 people in south Santa Clara County. The grant will help launch the "South County: United for Health" anti-obesity program focused on helping low-income, medically underserved, predominately Hispanic communities in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and parts of San Martin.
"I'm proud this funding will help parents and their children live active, healthier lives by fighting obesity and tobacco use," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren. "This kind of federal-local partnership lifts our entire community up by helping some of our most vulnerable residents lead better lives through improved nutrition, physical health and mental well being."
In addition to combating obesity, the grant is designed to support tobacco use prevention for students and adults, through smoking cessation programs and efforts reducing second hand smoke exposure. The funding will also support programs aimed at improving emotional well being and overall mental health services for residents of the community.
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