Champions Healthy Living
program’s goal is to get children between the ages of eight and 18 to
commit to a healthy, active lifestyle. CHLP will work with kids and their
families to share recipes and physical activities, offer licensed social work
as needed, identify and resolve eating issues, and participate in field trips
and outdoor games. Rainmaker will fund an activity coordinator, a nutritionist,
food purchases for recipe testing and gym memberships.
Deckerville Community Hospital
will use the We Can! Program developed by the U. S. Department of Health and
Human Resources in a two-part approach aimed at children 10-12 years old and
their families. In partnership with the Deckerville Community Schools, DCH will
use a certified diabetes educator, a registered dietician and a dietary
educator to teach kids and their families about portion control and healthy
Girls on the Run, Saginaw
takes a “whole girl approach” to reducing and preventing childhood obesity. Its
mission is to inspire girls to be healthy, confident and joyful through an
experienced-based curriculum that incorporates running. Working with Saginaw
and Bay County schools, GOTRS (an affiliate on an international organization)
will work with girls in third, fifth, sixth and eighth grades to deliver a
10-week program. The Rainmaker grant will cover student program fees.
Harbor Beach Community Hospital will reach out to some 240 K-8
youngsters and their families to build healthy behaviors and inspire positive
attitudes towards good nutrition and physical activity by way of classroom
lessons, walking programs, community road races and family oriented activities.
The Rainmaker grant covers food costs, educational materials, registration
costs and educator expenses.
MidMichigan Health’s fitness watching project is designed to increase the
frequency, duration and intensity of physical activity for some 2,000 students
in grades four through eight in the Midland area, including Gratiot, Clare and
Gladwin counties. With the help of HealthPlus’ Rainmaker grant, students will
be equipped with activity watches and supplies. The program’s goal is 60
activity minutes a day.
Oakland Schools’ Great Start CAN
project focuses on educating parents and caregivers of young children – from
birth to age five – about the importance of fostering healthy nutritional and
activity habits. Rainmaker support will fund the Great Start Olympics in 2013,
which will engage kids in activities and teach parents how to get children
moving. The grant will also fund early childhood workshops and informational
in a Backpack is a “neighbor-helping-neighbor” program designed to meet the
nutritional needs of children and families.
week, volunteers, in cooperation with school officials, distribute backpacks
filled with non-perishable food for the weekend (six meals) to at-risk
students. These students are participants in government-subsidized free or
reduced-fee hot lunch programs.
goal of Blessings in a Backpack is to keep students fed throughout the weekend
and thereby remove barriers to academic success.
Get Healthy, Get Informed, Get
Northern Transformation Corporation
youth, primarily from Clare County, Mich., were offered exposure to career
opportunities via a tour of Central Michigan University. In addition,
participants were given a core message of health and fitness.
sponsored Amanad Arlauskas, the third finalist of NBC’s The Biggest
Loser–Season Eight, in a motivational talk at the high school in Harrison,
Mich. Clare County ranks nearly last in health rankings statistics.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy for Homeless Teenage Parents, and Runaway and Homeless Youth
Saginaw County Youth Protection Council
program uses an innovative teaching model to reach youth living in shelters to
help them overcome trauma and learn how to live a productive life.
is a joint program with Westland Child Guidance Clinic of Saginaw, Mich., which
provides group sessions not covered under Medicaid, including staff training.
Activating the Aging to Enhance
YMCA of Saginaw
program matches Saginaw area residents, including those in senior centers, with
a YMCA member of the same demographic to help inspire physical activity.
overall goal is to reduce depression, the number of falls and the fear of
falling while improving fitness, strength and confidence. Nearly 60
participants are expected to benefit from this program.
Senior Fall Prevention Program
St. Mary's of Michigan Field Neurosciences Institute
Lifestyles and Injury Prevention Education (SLIP), for seniors and their
caregivers, provides vital information about the many risks associated with
falls. The program uses a hands-on approach and includes personalized at-home
risk assessment, in-home exercises and proper footwear.
Field Neurosciences Institute is a charitable, scientific and educational
nonprofit sponsored by Ascension Health.
Mr. Rogers Program
Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties
Mr. Rogers Program provides mentoring and employment for at-risk youth in
Genesee County. Nearly 40 youths are employed at agriculture and beautification
sites in Flint, Burton and Davison and in a hoop house in Burton during the
program uses hands on approaches to teach growing and marketing skills,
understanding nutritional and health benefits and developing culinary
techniques for preparing food.
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