The Alabama Department of Public Health is one of eight state health departments selected to receive grants to support the development of physical activity and nutrition programs in partnership with selected communities. Because of the BITE (Balancing InTake and Expenditure) grant, the department will provide $15,000 directly to community groups.

Alabama has developed a competitive process to select at least five local communities to receive grants by April 2009. Successful community applicants will demonstrate that partnerships are in place to effectively plan and implement physical activity and nutrition projects to reduce community risks for obesity.

Community groups interested in this funding opportunity and who would like to obtain a request for funding application should contact Miriam Gaines, Nutrition and Physical Activity director, at 334.206.5226 or by email at by March 16, 2009.