Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today joined tribal leaders from across the nation at the National Congress of American Indians Tribal Nations Legislative Summit in Washington, D. C. on Wednesday March 7, 2012, where he announced investments of $900,000 for positive nutrition education and physical activity habits that can lead to healthier lifestyles. The grants are funded through U.S. Department of Agricultureâs (USDA) Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) and will provide nutrition education materials and resources for children and parents in tribal communities in 9 states. USDA chose 17 applicants, located in California, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Alaska to receive FY 2012 funding to develop nutrition education projects that incorporate Dietary Guidelines recommendations within the Native American culture. Secretary Vilsack reiterated USDAâs support to native communities with financial support for electric, broadband and wastewater infrastructure, and provide native families and businesses with home loans and business grants. Secretary Vilsack emphasized USDAâs participation in the First Ladyâs Lets Move in Indian Country initiative to combat childhood obesity in tribal communities. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.
May 7, 2014
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