Friday August 30, 2013
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement today awarded grants ranging from $1,500 to $4,250 to ten local organizations. Louisville residents of all ages will benefit from nutritional counseling, exercise classes, learning how to grow fruits and vegetables, training to run races, and the planting of community fruit trees - all due to the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.
In announcing the grants Mayor Greg Fischer said, “These grass roots organizations are providing valuable programming to give our citizens more opportunities for better health. The Healthy Hometown grants provide seed money for initiatives that can be replicated throughout the community as we all continue to work together to make Louisville a healthier city.”
Mayor Fisher and Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt presented checks to grant recipients at a ceremony today at Metro Hall. Photos
“We all share in the work of creating a culture of health and wellness in Louisville,” said Dr. Nesbitt. “These organizations are part of a community-wide effort to get healthier by reducing our rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes,” said Dr. Nesbitt. “We’re beginning to show some progress, such as in gradually lowering our smoking rates, but we are nowhere near where we need to be yet. With sustained effort, we’ll get there.”
Since 2005, the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement has awarded more than a half million dollars in grants to more than 100 community groups.
Organizations receiving 2013 grants are:
2Not1: Fatherhood & Families $3,835
Funds will be used for a 12 – month martial arts fitness program for youth ages 6 – 18.
AMBUCS Greater Louisville Chapter, $1,500
Funds will be used for adapted therapeutic bike programming for individuals with disabilities.
Feat of Louisville $4,500
Funds will be used for aquatic fitness programming and counseling for children with autism.
Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm $3,000
Funds will be used for farm visits and agriculture education for elementary school children.
Girls on the Run, Louisville $4,250
Funds will be used for a 5K training and character building program for young women ages 11 – 14.
Louisville Grows $3,000
Funds will be used for educational programming, garden planting and activities for families in west Louisville.
Louisville Nature Center $2,000
Funds will be used for a walking rewards programming and health screenings for Louisville residents.
MOLO Village Community Development Corporation $3,000
Funds will be used for a six month healthy eating and physical activity program for residents of the Russell/Beecher Terrace community.
Runners on a Mission $1,635
Funds will be used for an incremental running program for children in grades four and five.
Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville $3,000
Funds will be used for a summer gardening camp for children ages seven to fourteen.