For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2005

Local Area receives Ohio Action Grant to Improve Nutrition

DAYTON, OHIO-A Dayton area team with the Ohio Action for Healthy Kids program will implement a plan to improve nutrition in some local area schools through a new $10,000 grant from the Children's Hunger Alliance. The grant will provide $500 mini-grants to schools to help fund wellness activities and implement a school breakfast program.Logo for Ohio Action for Healthy Kids

Fifteen elementary and middle schools across eight counties will put into operation a plan for providing a healthy breakfast in their classrooms. The new program will educate children, teachers, parents, and school staff about the importance of a healthy breakfast, and will help to establish school wellness teams in each school.

Counties in the new program include Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Miami, Shelby, Darke, Champaign, and Clark.

The Dayton-Area Action for Healthy Kids was initiated through Wright State University's Center for Healthy Communities. The Center provides staffing and coordination for numerous community coalitions with the purpose of improving the health and well-being of the local community.

The money is part of a $250,000 grant through The UPS Foundation National Collaboration to Reduce Hunger & Improve Nutrition that was awarded to Children's Hunger Alliance, a private, not-for-profit organization, in December 2004. The agency designated the funds to promote and strengthen Ohio's Action For Healthy Kids (OAFHK) initiative. Its statewide goal is to improve the health and educational performance of Ohio children through better nutrition and physical activity.

For more information about the new Healthy Kids program contact, Kay Parent, program director of health promotion at the Center for Healthy Communities, at (937) 775-1103.