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Healthy Hometown Grants Total $73,000

Friday June 2, 2006

Twenty-two organizations to promote health and fitness

Mayor Abramson hands out a grant to Sharon Mohn from the Presbyterian Community Center.Mayor Jerry Abramson and Health Director Dr. Adewale Troutman today awarded more than $73,000 in grants to 22 community-service organizations to promote health and fitness to targeted groups. Each organization received a dollar amount commensurate with its request to support a range of healthy activities in neighborhoods across Louisville.

This is the second year for the grant program, which is part of the ongoing Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. Last year, 17 community groups received a total of $50,000. Of this year’s 22 organizations receiving grants, 12 are new applicants.

“I am pleased that were able to expand the grant program this year and support additional organizations that provide innovative health and wellness programs,” Abramson said. “This is proof that the Healthy Hometown Movement is catching on. The benefits of increased activity levels and healthier lifestyles are improving this community’s quality of life.”

About the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement
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 Louisville Metro Health Department administers Healthy Hometown, and a 57-member Advisory Committee of the area’s leading health and fitness professionals provides oversight. Information about the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and listings of health and fitness-oriented events are available at www.louisvilleky.gov or by calling MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.

2006 External Agency Funding - Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement
l Agency

Purpose

Amount

1 Americana Community Center* Exercise, nutrition, and emotional activities for 75-150 youths and adults 3 times/week

$5,000

2 Bates Community Center. * Healthy Hearts Initiative provide screenings, CPR training, health awareness workshops, and aerobic classes

$4,000

3 Bridgehaven, Inc. Develop forum for members to learn preventative medicine and assessments for potential medical problems. Continue Fitness for Fun program

$4,000

4 Buechel Youth Football* Youth football and cheerleading program for 6-13 yr. olds

$3,000

5 Crescent Hill United Methodist Church* Community members to participate in Seniors Soteria program related to aging, nutrition, fitness, health, wellness

$3,000

6 Dreams with Wings Activities for persons with mental retardation such as aerobic, strength training and stretching
 

$5,000

7 Family Worship Center* Family-oriented fitness education for all residents of Old Louisville during summer 2006

$3,000

8 Immaculate Heart of Mary* Health ministry program, health screenings, health fairs, and “Walk to Jerusalem”

$2,000

9 Jewish Community Center “Fit Beyond 55” program

$4,000

10 Louisville Youth Training Center* “Tap into Fitness!” to teach children and adults importance of good nutrition, physical fitness & impact on health of consumerism

$5,000

11 Maryhurst, Inc. Wellness issues with girls who attend on campus schools and Heuser Clinic

$3,000

12 Neighborhood House “Get Fit Kids” program includes yoga, dance, gymnastics, and gross motor activity, health, fitness, nutrition curriculum
 

$3,000

13 New Zion Com. Dev. Foundation: Fitness Ctr. Purchase equipment for fitness room: mats, exercise balls, videos, jump robes, defibrillator and first aid kit

$3,000

14 PEACE Center Holistic approach to healthy living for African American women

$3,000

15 Plymouth Com. Renewal Center Youth-in-Action Taking Charge program: nutrition, physical activity and promoting Way Chi classes

$3,000

16 Portland Plaza Resident Council * Expand “You Can” Program: purchase videos, nutritional services, fitness programs, equipment, and cookbooks

$3,000

17 Portland Promise Center Tee-ball league

$3,000

18 Presbyterian Community Center* 2 outdoor garden spaces for children and upgrade current outdoor play facility

$3,000

19 Quinn Chapel* Health & wellness: nutrition education, disease prevention strategies, fitness activities, form partnerships to find solutions

$3,000

20 St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Ed. * Fitness program for 8-12 year olds: exercise & nutrition

$2,200

21 Wesley House Encourage persons in Preston Highway, Newburg, and California neighborhoods to reduce high-risk behaviors, take responsibilities for health decision & participate in physical activity

$3,000

22 YMCA of Greater Louisville* Students receive Healthy Family Fun Pack to take home for weekend to share with families. They will take pictures, journal, and fill out a survey about the experience

$3,000

l *New Applicant Total

$73,200