Pima County will receive a $16 million grant as part of the national Communities Putting Prevention to Work efforts funded through the federal Stimulus program.  They’ll be creating a community-wide set of strategies and interventions to reduce obesity by ensuring safe, attractive accessible places for physical activity and making healthy foods available, accessible, and affordable.

The initiative is building on the established work of Activate Tucson, a large, multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, community-based coalition.  Activate Tucson and its member organizations have a strong track-record of success in developing policy and programs to combat obesity. Take a look at the kinds of accomplishments already achieved by this organization.  Congrats to Elizabeth Temple and her team in Pima County for siezing this highly competetive grant.