Jackson, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), one of eight states awarded a $20,000 grant to support the development of physical activity and nutrition programs, is using the funds to award mini-grants to communities in the state. Five communities will each be awarded a $3,000 grant to plan and implement physical activity and/or nutrition projects. The deadline for communities to submit proposals for the mini-grants is April 1.
The proportion of overweight persons has increased substantially during the past 20 years. In Mississippi, nearly 70 percent of the population reports themselves to be overweight or obese.
Each year, health issues related to being overweight cause approximately 300,000 deaths, making overweight the second leading cause of death in the United States. Overweight persons substantially increase their risk of illness from numerous diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and various types of cancer. However, studies show that weight may be controlled by making dietary changes and increasing physical activity.
To download a copy of the Request for Proposals, visit the MSDH website at www.HealthyMS.com/rfp.
The award is part of a collaborative research grant between the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and Klein Buendel Inc., a Colorado health education media research firm. The primary source of the funding is the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases.