Pima County 'obesity grant' expected to generate 155 jobs - Tucson News Now

Pima County 'obesity grant' expected to generate 155 jobs

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By Brian White - email

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (KOLD) - A grant to combat obesity from the Centers for Disease Control is expected to generate 155 jobs in Pima County.

The $16 million comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The goal is to promote physical activity, lower obesity rates and nutritional education through community programs.

The work will be a collaborative effort by the University of Arizona, University of Arizona College of Public Health, Carondelet Ascension, University Physicians Healthcare, Activate Tucson and others.

The award and others like it were given to community-based coalitions focused on policy and environmental changes, such as the development of bike paths, rather than one-on-one interventions with individuals.

The two-year grant is estimated to create approximately 155 new jobs in Pima County.

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