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$74m for nutritional and health services for older New Yorkers

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Staff Writer | August 29, 2016
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $74.6 million in state and federal funding for New York's 59 county-based area agencies on aging to support programs that improve older individuals' access to nutritional and disease prevention services.
Older New Yorkers
Empire State   To help more than 238,000 older New Yorkers
These services currently help more than 238,000 older New Yorkers prevent or reduce the effect of chronic disease associated with diet and weight; strengthen the link between nutrition and physical activity for a healthy lifestyle; and improve access to nutritional information, education, counseling, and healthy foods.

This year's commitment will generate an additional $98.3 million in funding from municipalities, plus an additional $11.5 million in direct voluntary contributions from program participants.

The nutritional needs of older adults become more critical with advancing age. Poor diet and physical inactivity are among the leading causes of disability among Americans, and cause one-third of premature deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Malnutrition affects one out of four older Americans living in the community and is a factor in half of all hospital admissions and readmissions of older people.

A regional breakdown of the funding:

- Capital Region: $4,201,010
- Central NY: $3,050,354
- Finger Lakes: $4,709,902
- Long Island: $7,619,110
- Mid-Hudson: $7,362,861
- Mohawk Valley: $2,789,459
- New York City: $33,305,435
- North County: $2,544,516
- Southern Tier: $3,232,868
- Western NY: $5,810,585.