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Grand Rapids — A health department that serves the Grand Rapids area will receive more than $2 million over three years to reduce chronic disease and promote healthier lifestyles.

The money is coming from the federal government. The focus will be on increasing tobacco-free areas as well as access to physical fitness activities and healthy food in certain Grand Rapids neighborhoods.

Kent County health officer Adam London says the YMCA will have a significant role in designing activities. He says the grant will help the health department reach at-risk residents.

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