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Findlay Awarded $100,000 to Fight Childhood Obesity

Six Cities Share $445,000 in Grants to Support Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs

Post Date:01/29/2019 11:00 AM
The U.S. Conference of Mayors at its 87th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., this past week awarded the City of Findlay a $100,000 grant as part of its Childhood Obesity Prevention Award program, in partnership with American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America.

Former Mayor Lydia Mihalik stated, “We are really happy in Findlay, Ohio, to have the opportunity to do some great things, and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America certainly is giving us the resources to be intentional about the way we approach childhood obesity prevention. On behalf of a very grateful community in Findlay, thank you mayors for being an inspiration to us, and thank you to the U.S. Conference of Mayors for providing us a platform to share best practices and do great things in our communities.”

The grant monies be will used to increase access to physical activity for children and youth, expanding the existing Keep Active…Keep Healthy program to offer programs throughout the year, not just summertime. Some possible programs include: ice skating lessons at the Cube; other ice activities such as ice bowling and knocker hockey; gym activities such as pinball (a type of indoor baseball), as well as kickball, racquetball, wallyball, and yoga.

Grant funds would be expended on equipment for expanded activities, fees for space rental, instructors as needed, transportation, equipment or exercise items to provide to children for home use, gifts, or prizes to promote participation in the program, and increased marketing to reach more children.

The City of Findlay was eligible for this generous grant through former mayor Lydia Mihalik’s involvement with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. While in the Conference, Mihalik served on the USCM Advisory Board, as Chair of the USCM Standing Committee on Children, Health and Human Services, and as Vice Chair of the USCM Women Mayors Leadership Alliance.

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