Ohio gets about $8M for chronic disease prevention

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $8 million in grants to Ohio to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will administer the grants, which are funded in part by the federal health care law. The money will help bolster state and local programs with the goal of reducing rates of death caused by tobacco use, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Seven grants were awarded to the state and organizations that include the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County District Board of Health, YMCA of Greater Cleveland and Asian Services In Action Inc.

Federal health officials say chronic diseases are responsible for seven of 10 deaths among Americans each year.

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