Grant to help pay for nutrition and fitness education programs

July 30, 2007

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Ozarks Food Harvest has received a $6,424 grant from the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation.

The grant will help fund the food bank’s Club F.U.N. TM (Fitness, Understanding Health, and Nutrition) program which is designed to teach children ages 6-9 the importance of fitness and good nutrition, while “The Power of Choice” component is geared toward children ages 10-13 to teach them the same concepts, along with discussions about why good nutrition is important to their changing bodies.

“Poverty can cause many disadvantages for children, but one of the worst side effects of poverty is childhood obesity, and that is why it’s so important we teach these children about proper health and nutrition,” Denise Gibson, Development Director, said. “We are extremely grateful for the support of community partners like the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation.”

OHAF (formerly known as the Visiting Nurse Association Foundation) is a charitable foundation dedicated to the support of critical physical, mental and dental health needs in the Ozarks. Total grant funds awarded on July 24, 2007 was $55,104.00.

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To learn more, contact Lindsey Neddenriep at (417) 865-3411.