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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor Awards 4th Annual Healthy Hometown Grants

Thursday June 26, 2008

23 organizations receive a total of $69,000

The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement awarded nearly $70,000 today to 23 community service organizations to implement health, fitness and nutrition initiatives in Louisville neighborhoods. The awards are mini-grants in amounts varying from $2,000 to $5,000 each. Abramson presented award certificates to grant recipients at a Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Advisory Council Meeting held at Metro Hall.

“These organizations have initiated and implemented innovative approaches to increasing physical activity and better nutrition in our community,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “These mini grants help fund health initiatives that can be extended throughout Louisville Metro. It’s important that we continue to support these healthy choices.”Mayor Abramson at the Healthy Hometown Awards press conference.
Karyn Moskowitz of the Community Farm Alliance said the $5,000 grant they received will be used to expand education about locally-grown foods. “It will allow us to continue to bring farmers’ markets to underserved areas,” said Moskowitz. “We can balance our delivery with important information about how to use fresh fruits and vegetables in everyday cooking.” This is the second year that the Community Farm Alliance has been awarded a grant.

Since 2005, the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to more than 60 community groups. Last year, 22 organizations received a total of $70,000. Of those, ten received a 2008 grant. Eight organizations are first time recipients. Thirty-four organizations applied for the 2008 grants.

Organizations receiving grants are:

Bridgehaven ($2000) (2007 Recipient)
Fresh Start program will increase monitoring and management of persons diagnosed with diabetes, encourage 30 minutes of participation in daily fitness programs, and provide opportunities to develop a sound understanding of nutrition and its impact on physical and emotional health. Bridgehaven serves approximately 500 people per year.

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center ($2500) (2007 Recipient)
CHRC requested funds for Play Equipment. The program provides moderate physical activity for underserved populations (children with disabilities) at least once a week, as well as access to the therapeutic garden. They serve more than 1500 children with disabilities, and need equipment suitable for older children (up to age 13).

C.H.O.I.C.E., Inc. ($3500) (2007 Recipient)
CHOICE Into Action is an after-school program that provides structured exercise and nutritional/health education to middle school students once a week for 28 weeks. Parents are involved in the program, and a graduation/special event celebrates the end of the year.

Community Farm Alliance ($5000) (2007 Recipient)
California/Victory Park and Smoketown/Shelby Park Farmers’ Markets
offer fresh, local, wholesome food to some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. Both markets will grow their customer base by 10 percent while integrating physical and nutritional activities into market events.

Crescent Hill United Methodist Church – SOTERIA ($4000)
It’s a Matter of Balance -- Preventing Falls program will provide medical checks, medication review, physical activities, and health nutrition information for people over 50 at six workshops throughout the year.

Dreams with Wings, Inc. ($3500) (2007 Recipient)
The DWW Health Program involves aerobic activity, strength training, and stretching exercises for people with mental retardation. Their goal is to offer walking and aerobic programs in individual neighborhoods and local parks. The program will be offered to 30-50 clients/families.

Family Life Center – St. Stephens* ($2500)
The Health and Wellness Program will include monthly health workshops, aerobics and dance classes, as well as cooking classes. The program is designed to promote physical activity and nutrition, create awareness and encourage prevention for adults ages 23-54 and seniors over age 55 who live in Louisville’s Empowerment Zones.

FEAT of Louisville* ($2000)
Getting Our FEAT Wet is a learn-to-swim program for children with autism. The 30-minute, one-on-one sessions occur in a calm, stress-free, educational environment. Children learn water safety and appropriate behavior for swimming in an inclusive setting. Twenty-four students will participate in the program, which lasts 8-9 weeks.

First Gethsemane Center for Family Development, Inc. ($2000)Senior Health, Exercise and Recreational Program provides seniors (55 years old and older) with various exercise programs as well as nutrition programs at the Center for Family Development. The goals of the program are to increase physical activity, provide senior companionship, and provide important information on health and nutrition.

Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm* ($3500)
FLP Scholarship Program will provide transportation to Oxmoor farm for underserved students, and a full day of nutrition education on a working vegetable farm to complement practical living content in the classroom. The program includes a tasting tour of the farm, which incorporates over an hour of physical activity into the day.

Food Studies Institute* ($3500)
Food Is Elementary incorporates creativity, multi-cultural activities, cooking, and field-tested curriculum into a very hands-on approach to nutrition education. The program seeks to improve children’s knowledge about food, nutrition, essential nutrients, and their food sources. These skills will enable children to make healthier food choices at school. Some of the lessons also incorporate physical activity into the program.

Jewish Community Center ($3500)
Wellness Challenge will incorporate group exercise classes, fitness/nutrition consultations and evaluations, body fat testing, and blood pressure screenings. The program will promote variety in fitness routines, alleviate exercise boredom, and establish healthy patterns of behavior toward life-long fitness.

KY Hemophilia Foundation, Inc. ($2500) (2007 Recipient)
Camp Discovery/Fun & Fitness Program improves the physical and emotional well-being of children suffering from lifelong, incurable bleeding disorders, and promotes their personal growth and development, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency. The camp is a residential summer camp for children with hemophilia that combines health education with adapted physical and recreational activities.

Louisville Metro Fencing Concord* ($2000)
Louisville Metro Fencing Concord Program aims to improve overall health and wellness of underprivileged, school-aged youth through the sport of fencing. The program includes a minimum of 60 minutes of training per day, 2-5 days per week, and will provide instructions in fencing and techniques along with aerobic workouts.

Maryhurst ($4000) (2007 Recipient)
Wellness with Girls on Campus Program provides instruction regarding exercise and nutrition along with supervised recreation and fitness activities. Trainers from the Heuser Clinic/Louisville Youth Training Center work with four groups of girls (50-60 total). Peggy Heuser leads classes that explore healthy choices for grocery shopping, preparing foods, and eating out.

Montessori School of Louisville* ($2000)
Montessori Health and Fitness Program provides physical and nutrition education classes, field trips to The Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm, parent education about proper nutrition, and a healthy snack for students ages 2 ½ through 14 years old. The health and fitness program involves both students and parents and increases the number of times each week that the students engage in physical activity.

Neighborhood House ($5000) (2007 Recipient)
Get Fit Kids! Program will provide fitness opportunities, nutrition education, and health information to children’s parents. Each child will participate in a comprehensive health and fitness curriculum.

Portland Promise Center ($2000) (2007 Recipient)
Boone Square Park Tee-Ball League: Kids learn the basics of baseball through tee-ball in a safe environment, and develop healthy social skills, leadership, and sportsmanship. Over 142 children, and numerous community volunteers and families participated in the program last year. Players have fun, engage in physical activity, and develop better social skills through interaction with adults and peers.

St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Development ($2500)
Fit and Fitness Program is designed for children 5-12 years of age, and uses a holistic approach to fitness. The program includes exercise and physical activity, nutritional information, and encourages healthy habits. The program meets twice a week throughout the summer.

Watterson American Housing Foundation, Inc.* ($3500)
American Village Senior Exercise Program is committed to providing seniors with the equipment, resources, and knowledge for healthy living. The funds will be used to purchase exercise equipment, and to provide a trained professional to aide the seniors in daily exercises and promotion of healthy eating five days per week.

Wesley House Community Services ($2000) (2007 Recipient)
The Wesley Health and Wellness Program includes exercise sessions once a week and monthly healthy lifestyle workshops targeted towards children -- however, adults are also encouraged to participate. The goal of the program is to encourage participants to increase their level of physical activity and to adopt healthier eating habits.

YMCA – Berrytown Branch ($4000)
Activate America and CATCH Programs will provide program materials for participants, physical fitness/recreation components, monthly challenges, nutrition components, and building self-esteem. This program will engage a minimum of 100 participants.

Yoga East* ($2000)
Healthy Hometown Yoga aims to improve the physical and emotional health of class participants by decreasing stress levels with weekly yoga classes, provide required transportation, and include home based techniques so participants can practice at home. This project will create an opportunity for hundreds of West Louisville residents, who may lack physical access or financial means, to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Classes will be held in six-week sessions.

*first time recipient

About the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement
Mayor Jerry Abramson launched the Healthy Hometown Movement in 2004 as a community-wide effort to create a new culture in Louisville where physical activity and optimal nutrition are the norm. The movement seeks to motivate citizens to increase their level of physical activity and to adopt healthier lifestyles. The Movement awards the annual Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Worksite Wellness Awards. In addition, the Movement hosts two Healthy Hometown Hike & Bikes on Memorial and Labor Days. The Movement was recently recognized as the primary reason for Louisville winning the US Conference of Mayors’ First Place “Livable City” Award for 2008.