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The Centers for Disease Control awarded a $2 million, three-year grant to Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln Thursday.

The grant, one of 39 awarded in the U.S., will be used to improve the health of Lincoln and Lancaster County residents through projects involving the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, Lancaster County Medical Society, Lincoln Community Learning Centers, MilkWorks, Community Action Partnership, Teach a Kid to Fish, Lincoln Parks and Recreation, Malone Community Center, El Centro de las Americas, Community CROPS, Salvation Army, WorkWell and 10 Health TV.

Projects will focus on improving nutrition and physical fitness and reducing obesity.

The grant comes from the CDC’s Partnership to Improve Community Health.

In all, Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln will receive $2.5 million. Eighty percent of that will come from federal funds. The remaining 20 percent will come through local funding matches. In the first year, Community Health Endowment of Lincoln, CHI Health St. Elizabeth and the Lancaster County Medical Society will provide matching funds.

"We know what works to improve fitness and reduce obesity based on our previous successes working with the Lincoln Public Schools, " Dr. Bob Rauner, director of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, said. "This grant gives us an enormous opportunity to apply these approaches through additional community partners to improve the health and fitness of Lincoln and Lancaster County residents of all ages."

To learn more, visit healthylincoln.org.

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