Steps to a HealthierUS
NIFA recently established a cooperative partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct complementary programs and activities in Steps-funded communities served by the Cooperative Extension System (CES). The Steps to a HealthierUS initiative advances the HealthierUS goal of helping Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives. Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Steps initiative operates a cooperative agreement program office (Steps Program) that provides funding to support evidence-based community interventions in 40 communities nationwide. The programs focus on reducing the burden of diabetes, obesity and asthma and address three related risk behaviors—physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use. Steps program emphasis, along with its partnerships and community presence, closely aligns with the NIFA strategic goal to improve the nation's nutrition and health. The NIFA/CES partnership, with Step Program funding, results in many services and programs that benefit local and rural communities. The Steps Program aims to adopt some of USDA's promising educational activities and work with NIFA to replicate model programs in Steps-funded communities. The cooperative partnership also provides an opportunity for CES to work closely with Steps communities, providing subject expertise and educational materials. Additionally, both entities will explore opportunities to collaborate on future evaluation activities.
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