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American Lung Association in Delaware announces 2019-2020 Delaware Division of Public Health Tobacco Prevention & Physical Activity & Nutrition Obesity (PANO) Mini-Grant Program Recipients

24 agencies were selected by a diverse team of community leaders to receive the funding

(November 5, 2019) -

For more information please contact:

Valerie Gleason
[email protected]
717-971-1123

NEWARK, DE–The American Lung Association in Delaware announces 24 recipients of the Delaware Division of Public Health Mini-Grants for 2019-2020.  The mini-grant program was established to enable Delaware communities to develop their own tailor-made smoking education, prevention or cessation programs, incorporating Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity (PANO) initiatives. It is estimated that these programs will educate more than 10,000 Delawareans about the dangers of tobacco use.

Twenty-four agencies were selected by a diverse team of community leaders to receive the funding. The American Lung Association in Delaware will manage the mini-grant program, made possible by the Delaware Division of Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention/PANO Community Contract, supported by the Delaware Health Fund. Each recipient was required to address at least one goal for “A Plan for A Tobacco-free Delaware” AND at least one of the goals for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity (PANO).

The goals for “A Plan for A Tobacco-free Delaware” include:

  • Prevent the initiation and use of tobacco and emerging products among Delawareans.
  • Increase quitting and quit attempts among Delawareans who use tobacco products.
  • Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, vapors and other emissions.
  • Decrease the social acceptability of tobacco, e-cigarettes and emerging products.
  • Strengthen and cultivate Delaware’s leadership in all levels in comprehensive tobacco prevention and control.

Goals for Physical Activity, Nutrition Promotion and Obesity Prevention (PANO):

  • Increase access or opportunities for daily physical activity for children and families.
  • Increase the number of organizations adopting policies and/or practices promoting federal nutritional guidelines and physical activity standards.
  • Strengthen community or organization capacity to promote a healthy built environment, health in all policies, and health equity. 
  • Prevent obesity through increased knowledge, skills and behaviors of healthy eating and physical activity and its impact on chronic disease.

Mini-grant recipients are required to submit monthly reporting and attend two out of three Technical Training Workshops. The 2019-2020 mini-grant recipients are:

1. Kent Sussex Community Services- Kent-Sussex Counties

2. Mental Health Association in Delaware-Statewide

3. Lake Forest School District-Kent County

4. Delaware State University-Kent County

5. Bayhealth Medical Center, Inc.-Kent County

6. Police Athletic League of Wilmington-New Castle County

7. Caesar Rodney High School-Kent County 

8. First State Community Action Agency-Kent-Sussex Counties

9. Claymont Boys and Girls Club-New Castle County

10. W. Sussex Boys and Girls Club-Sussex County

11. Georgetown Boys and Girls Club-Sussex County

12. Oak Orchard Boys and Girls Club-Sussex County

13. Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club Sussex County

14. Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club New Castle County 

15. Sankofa Inner City Cultural League- Kent County

16. CAMP Rehoboth-Sussex County

17. Rose Hill Community Center-New Castle County

18. University of Delaware 4H-Statewide

19. Concord High School- New Castle County

20. Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association-Statewide

21. Gloves Against Drugs Foundation-New Castle County

22. City of Wilmington- New Castle County

23. Code Purple-Kent County

24. Maranatha Life Changing Church- Kent County

For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health, tobacco use, tobacco product use and tobacco policies, contact the American Lung Association in Delaware Communications Director Valerie Gleason at [email protected] or 717-971-1123. 

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