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Fight childhood obesity with help of HEAL Appalachia grant

It is estimated that by 2020, 50 percent of the U.S. population will be obese.
Keeping in mind the impact being overweight has on long-term health and quality of life, Mountain States Health Alliance is once again offering grants to those with ideas on how to address the problem on a local level.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 HEAL Appalachia program, which is aimed at supporting grassroots efforts to reduce obesity in the community.
Since 2010, MSHA, in partnership with East Tennessee State University’s Obesity Collaborative, has enabled 50 community groups to implement innovative programs aimed at reducing childhood obesity in our region through the HEAL Appalachia program.
HEAL (an acronym for “healthy eating, active living”) Appalachia focuses on supporting the mobilization of community organizations to combat childhood obesity where people worship, heal, learn and work across 20 counties in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Community groups, schools, churches, health care providers and workplaces are each eligible to apply for one of 15 $2,000 grants or one of four $5,000 grants that will be awarded at a free public symposium at the MeadowView Conference Center in Kingsport on April 12.
Over the past two years, HEAL Appalachia has awarded $100,000 to community groups to facilitate a range of initiatives from the growing of produce gardens to expansion of educational outreach and provision of increased physical activity throughout the region.
To learn more about HEAL Appalachia and how to apply for the 2012 grants, go to www.HEALappalachia.com.
The deadline for applications is March 1.
For more information, contact Allison Rogers, Corporate Director – Strategic Planning, MSHA, at [email protected] or 302-3378.