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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
June 2nd, 2004 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 401-4634

Secretary Thompson Announces $4 Million in Grants for Prevention

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced today continuation grants totaling over $4 million in prevention programs for minority groups and community organizations to support projects targeted at reducing the risk of disease and disability among the elderly.

The announcement was made at the Summit on Obesity gathering this week in Williamsburg, VA. The summit, sponsored by Time and ABC News, brings together individuals representing diverse fields of expertise and diverse constituencies, including policy-makers, food industry leaders, pediatricians, nutritionists, educators, school administrators, urban planners, geneticists, psychologists, cardiologists, developers, insurers, the media and others who can be part of the solution.

The grant announcement enhances the HHS goals in the "Blueprint for Action" to reduce and prevent chronic diseases. The Blueprint outlines steps that individuals, groups, communities and other organizations can take to help improve the overall health of Americans. The Blueprint is available at http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/blueprint/.

“Much of the chronic disease burden is preventable,” Secretary Thompson said. "By engaging individuals, families, health care providers and professionals, we can attack this growing epidemic. Some chronic health problems are related to individual choices or behaviors. People who avoid behaviors that increase their risk for chronic diseases and adopt healthy habits can expect to live healthier and longer lives. Through these grants we will confirm that it is never too late to make small changes for a healthier life.”

“One of our top priorities is the health and well-being of all older Americans,” said Assistant Secretary for Aging, Josefina G. Carbonell. “By outreaching to and providing meaningful and appropriate information throughout all communities, we can help prevent or delay disease and disability, reduce health care costs to our nation and provide a better quality of life for our elders.”

Grants were awarded through the Administration on Aging to the following:

Prevention Resource Centers for Minority Populations
National Indian Council on Aging, Inc., Albuquerque, NM $129,155
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, Seattle, WA $356,365
Asociacion Nacional Pro Personal Mayores, Pasadena, CA $298,050
National Caucus and Center on the Black Aged, Inc. $298,050

Evidenced Based Prevention Projects
Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging, PA $180,000
Elders in Action, Portland, OR $125,000
Senior Services of Albany, NY $125,000
Sheltering Arms Senior Services, Houston, TX $125,000
Partners in Care Foundation, Los Angeles, CA $200,000
North Central Area Agency on Aging, Hartford, CT $220,000
Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging, Scarborough, ME $125,000
Alamo Area Council of Governments, San Antonio, TX $200,000
Little Havana Activity and Nutrition Center, Miami, FL $200,000
Los Angeles City Department on Aging, CA $125,000
Neighborhood Centers, Harris County, TX $200,000
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI $125,000
National Council on Aging, Washington, DC $550,000

National Resource Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity
Florida International University $460,369
   
TOTAL $4,041,989