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Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement Awards $70,000 To Health and Wellness Programs

Friday June 29, 2007

LOUISVILLE (June 29, 2006) – For the third consecutive year, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman have awarded more than $70,000 in grants to community service organizations promoting health and fitness.

The 23 grants are part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.

“These organizations are working on the grassroots level,” Abramson said. “They are taking our message to the streets and into their activity centers with their innovative approaches to exercise and good nutrition.”

David Short, director of special projects for Maryhurst Inc, a home for abused girls, said the grants made a different to his organization.

“Healthy Hometown grants allow us to offer on-campus physical activity and nutrition programs,” he said.  “The grants have helped us develop relationships with health and wellness professionals we might not have access to otherwise.”

Organizations receiving grants are:

  • Americana Community Center – soccer for high-risk middle and high school youth;
  • Bates Community Development Corporation – to support “Broccoli and Basketball,” a program that provides year-round exercise, health education, and healthy lifestyle workshops for residents in Smoketown and Shelby Park;
  • Bicycling for Life – a program for children ages 10-14 to take numerous 10-23 miles bicycle rides;
  • Bridgehaven –  to provide fitness programs, nutrition education, and preventive health to mentally disabled persons;
  • Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center –  to support a program for children with disabilities entitled “Creative Beginnings.”   This program offers weekly fitness and nutrition classes.
  • C.H.O.I.C.E., Inc. – CHOICE Into Action, a  28-week physical activity and nutrition education after-school program at Meyzeek Middle School for adolescents ages 13-17; 
  • Community Farm Alliance, Inc. – a program that offers fresh, wholesome food in high poverty neighborhoods. It is managed by Urban Fresh, a group of six youths aged 16 to 26.
  • Dreams With Wings –  to engage individuals with mental disabilities in aerobic, strength training and stretching activities;
  • G & H Special Projects LLC – for a two-week long youth “step” camp which combines dance, cheerleading, and Greek Stepping for youths aged 8 to 14 years;
  • Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation, Inc. –  to support children who have hemophilia at “Camp Discovery,” a residential summer camp structured to improve the physical and emotion health of children ages 7-15;
  • Let’s Sweat, CDC – for girls age 5-18 to join the Unique Dance Team that provides competitive dance training and a 300-Plus Mile Walking Club.
  • Louisville Central Community Center – for the “Uniquely You” program for high-risk youth ages 6-18 in the Russell Community. The program includes hip hop aerobics and dance.
  • Louisville Youth Training Center/Tap Into Fitness – a program that teaches children good nutrition and physical fitness and how consumerism impacts health choices.
  • Maryhurst, Inc – to address wellness issues for girls on-campus and through the Heuser Clinic.
    Neighborhood House – for the “Get Fit, Kids” program and a music program for preschool children.
  • Plymouth Community Renewal Center – for the Youth in Action “Taking Charge” program;
  • Portland Promise Center – to encourage community members to become volunteers for youth physical activity programming;
  • Quinn Chapel AME Church – for a health and wellness program that includes weekly exercise classes and health and nutrition programs including cooking demonstrations;
  • Refuge Community Development, Inc. - LEAPS, a fitness and nutrition program, for adults and youths;
  • Russell Neighborhood Development Authority, Inc., “9th Street Farmers Market” – to provide farm fresh foods in the neighborhood and to use 10-24 year olds to run the market;
  • St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Education, Inc. – fitness program for 8-12 year-olds;
     
  • Wayside Christian Mission – for a family emergency shelter exercise program;
  • Wesley House Community Services, Inc. – to promote physical fitness to its clients and to the residents of the Preston Highway, Newburg and California neighborhoods.
     

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. This year, the Movement awarded the first ever Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Worksite Wellness Awards.  In addition, the Movement hosts Healthy Hometown Hike & Bikes on Memorial and Labor Days.

The Louisville Metro Department for Public Health & Wellness administers the Healthy Hometown Movement and a 100+ member Advisory Council 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/mhhm, or by calling MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.