Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Grants $30,300 to Address Childhood Obesity

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia awarded $30,300 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 2016-2017 school year is the sixth annual cycle, with a total of $100,300 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 is 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 partner with the Chin Family Charitable Fund and J.O.Y. Charitable Fund helping our local schools address this issue, and are pleased to see so many worthy programs blossom once provided with needed financial support,” she added.

The 2016-2017 Healthy Kids Grants were awarded to the following programs in Greater Prince William:

Coles Elementary School – Fit Packs, $1,000
Fit Packs will allow every student in grades kindergarten through fifth to share fitness with their family over the weekend as well as practice academic skills.

Parkside Middle School – Functional Fitness, $2,000
This project will create a more functional fitness room and tools to assess and motivate 1250 6th-8th graders during Physical Education (P.E.).  The goal is to increase activity with easy to use tools and pedometers that students may not have access to at home.

Potomac View Elementary School – Getting Fit at the “View”, $1,500
The goal of this initiative is to increase physical activity among 4th and 5th grade boys and girls through soccer and running.  Approximately 65 students will be eligible to participate in a mentoring program that will encourage fitness, as well as good nutrition and personal goals.

Rockledge Elementary School – Nutrition and Fitness Programs at Rockledge ES, $1,800
This program strives to increase the health and activity level of Rockledge Elementary School students and families by offering a free Bike Rodeo, a family walking club, and nutritious meals as part of SOL Night.

Grantees were approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors after having been selected by a volunteer committee including Lilian DeJonge, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, GMU; Jesse Ellis, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services;  Former Teacher; Susan Nolan, Community Foundation Board Member; Rhonda Richardson, Health Coach,  INTotal Health; and Joan Kasprowicz,  Community Leader and past Community Foundation Board member.

For more information about the Healthy Kids Grants program, please contact Sari Raskin or Melissa Bautista


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