CHARLESTON (AP) — The clock is ticking on a $1.8 million federal grant aimed at reducing West Virginia’s high obesity and chronic disease rate.
West Virginia was awarded the grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October, but it didn’t receive the funding until this week. It must spend the money before the Sept. 30 deadline.
In the latest Gallup Healthways ranking, West Virginia leads the nation in 10 out of 12 chronic disease categories, including heart attacks, diabetes and obesity. State health officials say the grant could be very helpful if officials have adequate time to spend the money.
The Charleston Gazette reports that the funding will be divided among four health departments. They will be responsible for distributing the money to projects in nine to 18 counties.