Will County Partners for Healthy Families has announced the availability of funding for two grants in the year 2017. Use of these grants could provide wonderful New Year’s resolution for many Will County children.
One of the grants are allocated for the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Program in Will County. The other is allocated for the CATCH Kids Club. Two sites will be funded for each grant. These funds support a community program that addresses obesity; through nutrition education and physical activity, in school-age children from kindergarten through 8th grade.
In 2015, the Will County Partners for Healthy Families awarded grants to five sites. Recipients for the Junior Master Gardener Program were the C.W. Avery YMCA and the Warren Sharpe Community Center. Sites awarded for the CATCH Kids Club included Lift Him Up Ministries-Evergreen Terrace Apartments, Governors State University’s Family Development Center, and Lewis University for St Andrew’s and St Dominic’s Schools.
These grant recipients have seen increased student knowledge of healthy life and food choices, as well as improvement in their body mass index. The awarded sites have also adopted systemic changes to incorporate the curriculum into existing programs, as well as healthy policy changes that will affect future generations.
To apply for the grants, simply download the application from http://tinyurl.com/wcphfgrants. The deadline for these grant applications is January 20, 2017.
It was back in 2007 that the Will County Health Department, the Will County Regional Office of Education, Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, Greater Joliet Area YMCA, Harvey Brooks Foundation, Joliet Park District, University of Illinois Extension, and the University of Saint Francis united to form the Will County Partners for Healthy Families. This is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life by improving the health and wellness of our community. WCPHF provides grants to support organizations that address obesity through nutritional education and physical activity for school age children.