Obama administration awards $10 million in grants for prevention and wellness

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday the recipients of $10 million in prevention and wellness grants. The competitive awards are funded by last year's recovery act and will go to 10 national nonprofit organizations to support public health efforts to combat tobacco use and obesity.

The awardees are:

* American Academy of Pediatrics

* American Heart Association

* American Lung Association

* Association of American Indian Physicians

* BlazeSports America

* Community Food Security Coalition

* National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund

* National Recreation and Parks Association

* Sesame Workshop

* Society for Public Health Education

The grants are part of the department's Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative.

"Communities Putting Prevention to Work will transform the environments where Americans live, work, learn, and play to promote health and prevent heart attack, cancer, diabetes, and stroke," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.  "As our nation's health care system evolves, preventing disease will improve Americans' quality of life."