Council designates Lufkin 'healthy city' to get $81,000 grant for promoting fitness
The Lufkin City Council on Tuesday designated Lufkin a healthy city and accepted a $81,000 grant through the Community Transformation Implementation Plan Transforming Texas Program.
The Angelina Cities and County Health District provided a pass-through grant to the city to assist with its efforts in encouraging individuals of all ages to improve their physical fitness. According to city officials, the grant is for seven months with a provision for a renewable four-time one-year grant, focused on developing physical activity awareness in Lufkin to reduce the incidence of obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and related preventable diseases.
“I think that (grants like this are) important because a lot of times we don’t have that local push on what the problems are,” City Manager Paul Parker said. “Lufkin has some special needs. We’re very high (statistically) in heart attacks and high cholesterol and things of that nature that need some special attention that you might not get nationally. Hopefully, we’ll cater it to the needs of the Lufkin area and Angelina County and what problems we have in this area.”
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