Indiana awards over $220,000 across state to increase physical activity this summer

The Indiana State Department of Health is awarding grants to 24 Indiana projects in communities across the state to increase physical activity this summer.

These grants, funded by federal Preventive Health Block Grant dollars, will support communities that are attempting to address obesity in Indiana.

"It's undeniable that obesity causes chronic disease" said State Health Commissioner Greg Wilson, M.D. "The two preventable behaviors that lead to obesity are poor nutrition and lack of physical activity, so we are making these grants to Indiana communities in order to encourage Hoosiers to be more physically active."

The grants are being awarded to communities that have a diverse group of partners and that demonstrate understanding of the need to increase the choices for physical activity. These 24 projects will be completed this summer.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise five to seven days a week.

"Technology has removed most physical activity from our lives, and not all communities are conducive to safe biking and walking," said Dr. Wilson. "We have to look for ways to put physical activity back in our lives."

"We hope that people will try to identify opportunities to increase their physical activity day by day," said Joni Albright, director of the Office of Special Projects, which is administering the grants.

"It's our hope that through these community projects, we will learn about initiatives that successfully increase individual physical activity levels and then share the results with other communities," Albright said.

"This grant opportunity has produced the wide range of creative ideas that we have come to expect from across Indiana," Albright said. "We know that what works in one setting does not necessarily work in another, because every community is different."

Projects include youth fitness camps, community walking and biking events, and step-counting. The grants being awarded are:

  • Bloomington Hospital and Healthcare System, "The Active Living Everyday"
  • $10,000
  • DeKalb Memorial Hospital, Inc., "Commit to be Fit"
  • $10,000
  • Elkhart County Health Department, "One Step at a Time"
  • $10,000
  • Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, "The Fifty Mile Club"
  • $10,000
  • Family Health & Help Center (Rockville), "Healthy Kids for Life"
  • $10,000
  • Fayette County Health Department, "Mini Camps for Youth in Fayette"
  • $10,000
  • Gibson County Health Department, "Summer of Get Up & Go"
  • $10,000
  • Hancock Memorial Hospital and Health Services, "Fitness for Kids"
  • $10,000
  • Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, "Indy in Motion"
  • $ 8,811
  • HealthNet, Inc. (Indianapolis), "Arsenal Tech"
  • $ 8,850
  • HealthVisions Midwest, Inc. (East Chicago), "From the Ground Up"
  • $ 9,776
  • Henry County Health Department, "Wellness Program"
  • $ 2,000
  • Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corp. (Mitchell), "Healthy Measures Coalition"
  • $10,000
  • Jennings County Health Department, "Healthfest 2004"
  • $10,000
  • Johnson County Health Foundation, "Partnership for a Healthier Johnson County"
  • $10,000
  • LaGrange County Comm. Foundation, "LaGrange County Childhood Obesity Task Force"
  • $10,000
  • Madison County Community Health Center, "The Lifestyle Health Management Program"
  • $10,000
  • Madison County Health Department, "Walking Program,"
  • $10,000
  • Multicultural Wellness Network (East Chicago), "Lifetime of Fitness"
  • $10,000
  • Purdue University, "Step It Up Heartland!" (Owen and Clay counties)
  • $10,000
  • Purdue University, "Increasing Physical Activity Participation in Women…"
  • $10,000
  • St. Joseph County Health Department, "With Youth Service Agencies"
  • $ 7,850
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, "Pediatric Outpatient Clinics"
  • $10,000
  • Teamwork for Quality Living (Delaware County), "Living Healthy: The Heart of the Matter
  • $10,000


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