Santa Clara County Cities Association

Supporting the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s “Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)” Grant Application to CDC for 

 Obesity Prevention and Improve Community Health Initiative


Whereas, the prevention of obesity is among the most urgent public health challenges of our day; and


Whereas, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), signed into law February 17, 2009, is designed to stimulate economic recovery in various ways, such as reducing healthcare costs through prevention activities and


Whereas, the purpose of this funding opportunity is to create healthier communities and schools through sustainable, proven, population-based approaches that support specific, measurable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates and health disparities; and


Whereas, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and California Center for Public Health Advocacy published in  Bubbling Over: Soda Consumption and Its Link to Obesity in California (September 2009) that in adults who drink one or more soda per day are 27% more likely to be overweight or obese than adults who do not drink soda; and


Whereas, approximately 50 percent of all Santa Clara County adults are overweight or obese, and about 26 percent of all Santa Clara County children are overweight or at risk of being overweight; and


Whereas, the total charges for hospital admissions associated with obesity for Santa Clara County between 2000 and 2002 totaled $140 million, and obesity-related expenditures are thought to have accounted for more than 25 percent of the increase in national healthcare spending between 1987 and 2001; and


Whereas, the promotion of health and fitness are important community goals; and


Whereas, unless healthier lifestyle changes are adopted, one in three children born today will develop diabetes;


Whereas, it is incumbent on all elected officials, to support policy that creates healthier environments and urge all of our city colleagues to join us in creating health cities; therefore be it



To support the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s application for funding to improve community health through improved nutrition, increased physical activity, and reduced obesity thereby reducing the incidence of related chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and many others. 




Kris Wang, President

Santa Clara County Cities Association

November 12, 2009