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13 Washtenaw County organizations awarded grants to promote healthy living

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Washtenaw County Health Department has announced over $160,000 in grant funding to 13 community projects aimed at helping residents live healthier lifestyles. 

The funding was awarded through health department’s Building Healthy Communities program, according to a news release.

Building Healthy Communities creates policy, system and environment changes that support physical activity and healthy eating. The program aims to reduce cardiovascular disease, obesity and other chronic conditions, according to the health department.

The 13 organizations that earned grants are:

  • Ypsilanti Recreation Department (in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley and the New West Willow Neighborhood Association)
  • Chelsea Senior Center
  • Eastern Michigan University (in partnership with Parkridge Community Center and the Ypsilanti Housing Commission)
  • Ecology Center
  • Food Gatherers
  • Growing Hope (in partnership with Cultivate Coffee and Taphouse and the Taste the Local Difference)
  • IDEA Buenos Vecinos
  • Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County (in partnership with Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels)
  • Northfield’s Human Services (in partnership with Whitmore Lake Health Equity Leadership Team)
  • Saline Farmers Market (in partnership with Saline Area Senior Center)
  • Saline Parks Recreation
  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
  • Whitmore Lake Public Schools (in partnership with Whitmore Lake Health Equity Leadership Team)

Chelsea Senior Center intends to use the funding to grow its healthy eating programs. The grant will allow the group to purchase a mobile cooking station and equipment to engage kids and seniors in healthy eating and cooking demonstrations.

The Ypsilanti Recreation Department is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley and the New West Willow Neighborhood Association for its grant project.

The collaboration is building upon efforts to make West Willow Park a safe, accessible space to be active and gather as a community. The grant funding will be used for improvements to increase park use, the release said.

Building Healthy Communities is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Past projects have helped launch local farmers markets in Ypsilanti and Chelsea, healthy food assistance programs, non-motorized planning initiatives, walking and biking trails, the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council and Prescription for Health, per the news release. 

Article source: http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2018/02/13_washtenaw_county_organizati.html

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