Marshall gets federal funding for diabetes project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is getting federal funding to continue its diabetes education, prevention and monitoring project.

Rep. Nick Rahall and Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin said the school’s Center for Rural Health is receiving more than $260,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Centers for Disease Control.

The funds will support the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project. The program helps community groups with their efforts to improve local health conditions through training and technical assistance for a network of 75 local diabetes coalitions. Officials say the program is increasingly focused on health education programs that have been proven to reduce the risks and severity of diabetes.

The Appalachian Regional Commission and the Centers for Disease Control have committed more than $2.8 million for the project since 2002.

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