We’re proud to support the following nonprofit organizations with a 2017 BlueAngel Community Health Grant. Find out how to apply for a grant.
Girls on the Run RI (GOTRRI) is a running-based youth development program for girls ages 8-13.Girls train for 10 weeks leading up to a 5K as they learn about what it means to be healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. With this funding, GOTRRI seeks to expand their programming to more Title I “scholarship” sites in lower-income neighborhoods.
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NWBRV) provides before-school, after-school, and full day summer programming for 150 K-12 grade youth annually. These students come primarily from the families residing in their affordable housing units; however, the program is open to the community at large. Through the support of a BlueAngel Community Health Grant, NWBRV will be able to expand current offerings to include “Kids on the Move,” 30-60 minutes of daily physical activity to the curriculum through designated fitness times and classes as well as through the integration of active educational methods into the current classroom structure.
Progreso Latino’s “Health in Sports” project is an afterschool sports program dedicated to making healthy exercise and diet central to the lives of children grades 1-4 and their families in Central Falls. The program will facilitate two popular elementary school sports at 2 CF elementary schools. The program will incorporate an exercise, diet, and nutrition component and will involve two workshops with parents per season. The nutrition and diet components will be guided and evaluated by University of Rhode Island’s SNAP Ed program and URI’s Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sciences.
RIPHI’s ‘Food on the Move’ mobile food market addresses the lack of access to affordable, healthful food in underserved neighborhoods throughout the state as well as the growing demand for local food and the need to create a sustainable local food system. The mobile market brings fresh fruits and vegetables to ‘food desert’ and ‘food swamp’ neighborhoods, where residents have limited access to affordable, healthful food and easy access to unhealthful, inexpensive food. This grant will allow Food on the Move to better reach children and families by expanding markets to schools and family housing 3 sites, and by holding evening markets to reach working parents.
The purpose of this research program is to examine the problem of disparity between parental perception of children’s weight and the child’s true weight condition. Parental Perception in Childhood Obesity attempts to examine this problem by first quantifying the amount of parents that demonstrate this specific phenomenon. Focus groups with parents will be conducted to discuss these perceptions and bring awareness to what actually is healthy body weight and what feeds our perception that may be different from fact. In the last phase, Woonsocket Head Start will develop the strategies for parent perception correction. In the future, continuation of this research could follow through and measure the impact of these newly defined interventions on change in nutrition patterns. They will begin parent focus groups in April 2017 that will shape intervention strategies for the 2017-2018 school year.
Beat the Streets Providence is committed to starting scholastic wrestling teams in order to inspire urban youth. Through wrestling we provide at-risk youth with lessons on the mat, support in the classroom, and strong mentors to guide them towards long term success.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket is to inspire and enable the young people of Pawtucket and surrounding communities, especially those with greatest need, to realize their full potential as healthy, productive, responsible and caring citizens.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence’s mission is to enable and inspire children and youth, especially those from diverse or difficult circumstances, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and healthy members of their community, the State of Rhode Island, and the nation.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is growing a local food system that values the environment, health and quality of life of RI farmers and eaters. Part incubator, part activator, our programs grow the local food system by building capacity in three areas: Producers, markets and eaters.
The mission of Recycle-A-Bike is to educate, empower, and build community by connecting people and bicycles. Their programs make the simple technology of these pedal powered machines available to all with the help of the volunteer staff and general skill sharing. Recycle-A-Bike encourages members of the public to participate in cycling as part of a healthy and active lifestyle – not just as a recreational activity, but also as a viable mode of transportation.
South County Food Fitness and Fun (SCFFF) is an ongoing program through South County Hospital for children between the ages of 6-10 who are overweight. The study combines a fitness and nutritional counseling program for the child and parent(s) aimed at improving their diets and fitness in a fun and friendly environment. Kids who enroll in the program, along with their families, learn how to eat healthy and become physically active as part of a daily routine.