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Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Grants $17,700 to Address Childhood Obesity

Provided by Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $17,700 in Healthy Kids Grants to address the main causes of childhood obesity by supporting programs that increase physical activity and/or improve nutrition in Northern Virginia public schools.  The 2017-2018 school year is the seventh annual Healthy Kids grants cycle, with a total of $118,000 awarded to date.

Healthy Kids Grants are made possible by grants from the Chin Family Charitable Fund and the J.O.Y. Charitable Fund, donor advised funds with the Community Foundation.

“Childhood obesity continues to be a critical issue facing children and families throughout our region,” said Eileen Ellsworth, President of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.  “We are delighted to again partner with the Chin Family Charitable Fund and J.O.Y. Charitable Fund to continue to help our local schools address this issue,” Ellsworth added.

In the Prince William area, the 2017-2018 Healthy Kids Grants were awarded to Kerrydale Elementary School – Kerrydale Girls on the Run – $2,000

This after school running club will encourage physical activity among participating third, fourth, and fifth grade girls while teaching valuable lessons including conflict management, goal setting and attainment, community service, comradery, and self-confidence building.

 Grantees were approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors after having been selected by a volunteer committee including Jesse Ellis, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services; Joan Kasprowicz, Community Leader and past Community Foundation Board member; Amy Kay, Community Leader and Business Women’s Giving Circle member, Susan Nolan, Community Foundation Board Member; and Rhonda Richardson, Health Coach, INTotal Health.

For more information about the Healthy Kids Grants program, please contact Sari Raskin [email protected].

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