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Metro Newsroom

Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement Provides Grants

Friday June 17, 2005

Mayor Jerry Abramson and Health Director Dr. Adewale Troutman today awarded more than $50,000 in grants to 17 community-service organizations to promote personal health and fitness. Each organization received $3,000 to support a range of healthy activities in neighborhoods across Louisville, as part of the ongoing Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.
“These organizations have come up with innovative approaches to increasing physical activity and better nutrition in our community,” Abramson said. “We believe that health initiatives funded through these grants can be replicated throughout Louisville – so that the benefits of increased activity levels and healthier lifestyles spread across our hometown.

” Organizations receiving grants, and the programs to be implemented, include:
· Bridgehaven, to run a daily exercise program and promote wellness among adults with severe mental illness.

· BRYCC House, to repair and build bicycles for Old Louisville residents.

· C.H.O.I.C.E., to provide physical education and nutrition classes for students at Meyzeek Middle School.
· Dreams With Wings, to engage individuals with mental retardation in aerobic, strength training, and stretching activities.
· First Gethsemane Center for Family Development, for a variety of services for 50 families including adult volleyball, youth and adult basketball, aerobics, dance classes, and nutrition classes.

· Jewish Community Center, to provide youth ages 12 through 16 the opportunity to learn proper exercise techniques and build muscle in a non-competitive environment.
· Maryhurst, for individual and group instruction in physical activity to disadvantaged girls through the Heiser Clinic.

· Neighborhood House, for physical fitness and health classes for preschool children to ensure that all children enrolled are current on their immunizations.

· New Zion Development Foundation, for physical-education programming to Park duValle residents.

· Plymouth Community Center, to promote healthier lifestyles among adults living in the Russell neighborhood through health screenings, physical fitness activities, nutritional education and stress management.

· Portland United Methodist Center, to purchase tee-ball equipment and healthy snacks for children in the Portland and Russell neighborhoods.

· PEACE Center, Inc., to provide physical activity and nutritional instruction to adult and adolescent women in the Newburg area. · Prevention 2000, to purchase tennis equipment and develop a tennis program for 150 to 200 children.

· Refuge Community Development, to instruct women ages 18 and older about setting personal fitness goals and to increase muscle strength among participants by 60 percent.
· Somali Community of Louisville, to teach children soccer skills.

· Wesley House, to promote physical fitness to its clients and to the residents of the Butchertown and Phoenix Hill neighborhoods.
· YouthBuild Louisville, for exercise programs and to purchase water bottles, towels and T-shirts to encourage fitness among young adults ages 18 to 24.
About the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement

Last year, Abramson launched the Healthy Hometown Movement, 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 the Movement, and a 45-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 Louisville Metro's official website. Or call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.