The Lake County General Health District is glad to see another private industry join the fight against obesity. The Walmart Fondation is donating a total of $9.5 million nationwide to various health promotion and healthy eating initiatives. One such program, Action for Healthy Kids, a non-profit organization helping schools provide better nourishment for children, will be receiving a grant for $1.5 million. This grant will be used to help increase access the healthy foods, provide students with nutrition education, and provide 20 state teams with funding to recruit more volunteers and carry out support services. The additional funding will assist in reaching 160,000 children at about 400 schools nationwide.
Action for Healthy Kids reaches students in all 50 states and has over 20,000 volunteers. In the 2009-2010 school year the organization reached about 4.5 million students in over 9,000 school districts. Many of the programs focus on increasing physical activity and healthy eating habits for life. Volunteer and donation materials can be found on their website, along with information regarding some of their different programs.
The Lake County General Health District is the representative to the Ohio Action for Healthy Kids Zone 4 efforts on behalf of Lake County. Visit http://www.ohioactionforhealthykids.org/ to find out you can get involved.
If you would like more information on the different organizations receiving money for health promotion activities from the Walmart Foundation, you can find that information on their corporate website by clicking here.