Mayor Awards 10th Annual Healthy Hometown Grants
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (October 27, 2014) Eight local organizations have received Mayor’s Healthy Hometown mini grants to help them provide nutritional counseling, exercise classes, instruction on how to grow vegetables, training to empower girls through running, and an after-school gardening program.
“These grass roots organizations are bringing opportunities for good health to people where they live, work, play and worship,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “The work of these organizations fits into our Healthy Louisville 2020 plan to make us a much healthier city over the next six years.”
Public health director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said, “We want these grant initiatives to help change the culture of our city to one in which nutritious eating and daily physical activity are the norm rather than the exception.”
Organizations receiving 2014 grants are:
Bates Community Development Corporation $3,000
Funds will be used for a six-month healthy eating and fitness program for the surrounding community.
Billy Goat Hill Garden $2,850
Funds will be used for training and education in a community mushroom garden.
FEAT of Louisville $2,500
Funds will be used for aquatic fitness programming and counseling for children with autism.
Girls on the Run, Louisville $4,977
Funds will be used for a 5K training and character building program for young women ages 11 – 14.
Louisville Nature Center $3,795
Funds will be used for a walking rewards program and health screenings for Louisville residents.
Funds will be used for a six-month healthy eating and physical activity program for residents of the Russell/Beecher Terrace community.
Funds will be used for an after-school gardening and physical activity program for youth.
Sweaty Sheep $3,000
Funds will be used for a year-long running program for residents and participants in a re-housing program in Louisville.
Since 2005, the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement has awarded more than a half million dollars in grants to more than 100 community groups.
To learn more about Healthy Louisville 2020, our shared community plan for improving health in Louisville, go to www.healthylouisvillemetro.org.