Landrieu announces $500,000 grant to create a healthier LA

The following is a Press Release from the United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La.:

United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced a $500,000 grant to the state of Louisiana to fund community health programs that fight chronic disease, the leading cause of death in America.

The Community Transformation grant, created by the Affordable Care Act that Sen. Landrieu supported, will help local communities address the root causes of chronic diseases, by supporting prevention programs that are proven to make a positive impact on health.

"Today's grant will help Louisiana not only fight chronic disease but also create healthier communities in the state," Sen. Landrieu said. "These funds will allow Louisiana to continue to build successful programs that give people the tools they need to lead a healthier and more active lifestyles."

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will use the grant to implement three key initiatives: tobacco-free living; active living and healthy eating; and quality, clinical and other preventive services. Chronic diseases are responsible for 75 percent of health care costs in America, and include conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Louisiana is one of 10 states to receive a capacity building grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant aims to build capacity by laying a solid foundation for sustainable community prevention efforts. The state will also use the grant to create safe and healthy environments and to reduce health disparities between minorities and lower-income Americans. These grants are anticipated to run for five years.