The program targeted making civic progress against expensive chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease by helping people get more active, eat better and quit smoking. The city of Salinas got $8.4 million in federal aid in 2003 to make the program go.
The money runs out next year. The new plan is to get support from religious, community and business groups to spread the program county-wide.
Here is some information about the Federal Steps to a HealthierUS program. One goal of this federal program was to launch the campaigns and then see local communities take them over. It looks like it just may work in Salinas.
Here's a federal guide to the various Healthier Steps programs in locations nationwide.