Obama administration touts new public health initiatives

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Grants from the two agencies will help train public health workers and support public-health fellowship programs "similar to medical residencies," according to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department.

Some workers will receive training in nutrition, HHS told reporters, highlighting officials' rising concerns about obesity in the United States. 

"These investments are part of our work to promote public health and they will help strengthen our efforts to fight disease and illness before they happen," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.