HEAL Appalachia announces community grant funding opportunity


Students from Clinch Valley School in Sneedville,
Tenn., received a HEAL Appalachia community
grant in 2013 for their greenhouse program that focuses
on healthy lifestyles in grades K-12.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – HEAL Appalachia is offering funding for 19 community grants again this year to support new or existing efforts to reduce childhood obesity in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  Grass-roots obesity prevention programs promoting the 5-2-1-0 healthy lifestyle message are the driving force behind the HEAL Appalachia Community Grants Program, funded by Mountain States Health Alliance. 

Grants in the amounts of $2,000 and $5,000 are awarded to non-profit organizations through a region-wide competitive process.  HEAL Appalachia welcomes applications from community organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, employers, and health care professionals located in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 13 through February 17, 2014. Information about the HEAL Appalachia Community Grants program and online application are available at www.HealAppalachia.com.

 “We want to encourage involvement from all types of community groups that serve children,” said Joanna Swinehart, social responsibility coordinator for Mountain States Health Alliance. “It’s very possible that children and youth programs are already providing nutrition education or physical activity within their existing programs. These programs could be enhanced or expanded with a HEAL Appalachia community grant.”

Some of the programs that were funded for the 2013 year include:

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family Nutrition Program – Abingdon, Virginia: Third through fifth graders in Buchanan, Lee, Smyth and Wise counties receive lessons based on the “Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids” evidenced-based curriculum. The curriculum focuses on "smart" drinks, activities, meals, snacks and choices.

Mountain Kids, Inc. - North Tazewell, Virginia: Kids Camp programs increase students' activity levels and knowledge of 5-2-1-0 through incorporation of healthy activity and nutrition in camp activities and "Healthy Camper Kits".

Clinch Valley School – Sneedville, Tenn.:  Addresses nutrition, physical activity and personal responsibility for individual student health through a greenhouse program. Greenhouse activities that focus on healthy lifestyles will be integrated in classes throughout the K-12 student population.

5-2-1-0 stands for:

5 or more servings of fruits or veggies each day

2 hours or less of recreational screen time

1 hour or more of exercise

0 sugary drinks


About HEAL Appalachia

Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Appalachia was formed in 2009 by Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) and East Tennessee State University (ETSU), along with regional partners, to address childhood obesity. We aim to inspire others to think outside the box to address childhood obesity by providing community grants, educational opportunities and forming collaboratives throughout the region. For more information see, www.healappalachia.com.

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