ChildObesity180 receives $1.5 million to support kids' healthy behaviors
November 07, 2012
ChildObesity180 recently received $1.5 million from the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation for its collaborative work with Tufts University on the Healthy Kids Out of School initiative.
The funding for this program comes from Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation's Growing Up Healthy project, and will benefit partner organizations that can help children develop better habits when it comes to nutrition and activity outside of school, such as the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, U.S. Youth Soccer, National Council of La Raza, National Council of Youth Sports, National 4-H Council, and YMCA of the USA National Urban League. In particular, these organizations are helping children make smarter choices about food and beverage choices - drinking water instead of sweetened beverages and eating fruits and vegetables for snacks - as well as increasing their activity levels to combat the current obesity epidemic.
"By supporting the Healthy Kids Out of School initiative, we're training staff and volunteers in non-custodial afterschool programs in the same messages we've brought to afterschool child care centers over the past five years," said Karen Voci, executive director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation.
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