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Program wins grant
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July, 2009

culminated in a grocery tour, where each participant received $15 to purchase food from each of the four food groups. At a final get-together, students in the program are asked to bring a dish unique to their culture, prepared in a new, healthy way.

 

By summertime, parents were already beginning to see weight loss and a greater sense of well being through increased physical activity. “Food + Fit = Fun provides a road map for the path to a healthier lifestyle for families,” Pollman said.

 

About Champions for Healthy Kids

The General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Program this year awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to 50 community-based organizations across the U.S. with programs that support young people in living healthy, active lifestyles.  The Champions for Healthy Kids initiative is a partnership of the General Mills Foundation, the American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF) and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. Since 2002, General Mills has invested more than $18 million in overall youth nutrition and fitness programs that have served more than 3.5 million children nationwide.

 

About NCJW

National Council of Jewish Women/Dallas Section is a progressive organization of women AND men who research needs in the community and seek to fill those needs through direct community service and advocacy.  Examples of programs researched, initiated, and then spun of by NCJW/Dallas section include: LIFT, CASA, DISD Volunteer Program, and the Myerson Symphony Center Docent Program.

Food + Fun = Fit, a multicultural, bilingual program for Dallas preschoolers that teaches healthy food choices and promotes fitness, has been awarded a $10,000 grant by General Mills Inc.

 

The program is a project of the Greater Dallas Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW, www.ncjwdallas.org/), a progressive women’s organization that advocates for women and families. It is part of the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youth, http://www.hippyusa.org/) curriculum at six schools in the Dallas and Richardson school districts.

 

“More than 20 percent of Dallas children between 2 and 5 have a body mass index that is nearly double what it should be,” said NCJW president Cheryl Pollman. “Statistics tell us that this may very well be the first generation of children who are likely to have shorter life spans than their parents. This should be unacceptable to our community.”

 

The grant will allow NCJW to continue the program. The first round, which began midway through the school year, included a variety of lifestyle education initiatives designed to be put into practice at home. Participants received pedometers and were taught how to keep track of daily steps to ensure a more active lifestyle. Other tools included music and encouragement for families to dance; notebooks with colorful, bilingual handouts and cooking demonstrations with healthy recipes. The program

culminated in a grocery tour, where each participant received $15 to purchase food from each of the four food groups. At a final get-together, students in the program are asked to bring a dish unique to their culture, prepared in a new, healthy way.

 

By summertime, parents were already beginning to see weight loss and a greater sense of well being through increased physical activity. “Food + Fit = Fun provides a road map for the path to a healthier lifestyle for families,” Pollman said.

 

About Champions for Healthy Kids

The General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Program this year awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to 50 community-based organizations across the U.S. with programs that support young people in living healthy, active lifestyles.  The Champions for Healthy Kids initiative is a partnership of the General Mills Foundation, the American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF) and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. Since 2002, General Mills has invested more than $18 million in overall youth nutrition and fitness programs that have served more than 3.5 million children nationwide.

 

About NCJW

National Council of Jewish Women/Dallas Section is a progressive organization of women AND men who research needs in the community and seek to fill those needs through direct community service and advocacy.  Examples of programs researched, initiated, and then spun of by NCJW/Dallas section include: LIFT, CASA, DISD Volunteer Program, and the Myerson Symphony Center Docent Program.

 



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