Greenville and Spartanburg Selected for National Program to Fight Childhood Obesity
Activate Upstate in Greenville and Partners for Active Living, Hub City Farmers? Market, in partnership with Spartanburg?s Childhood Obesity Taskforce in Spartanburg, have each been awarded a 4-year $360,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to improve opportunities for physical activity and access to affordable healthy foods for children and families in communities in Greenville and Spartanburg counties. Based on a rigorous selection process that drew more than 500 proposals from across the country, Greenville and Spartanburg Counties are two of 41 sites selected for the RWJF Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative.
This national program advances community-based solutions that will help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. It focuses on changing policies and environments to support active living and healthy eating among children and families. The program places special emphasis on reaching children who are at highest risk for obesity on the basis of income, race/ethnicity and geographic location. It will support RWJF?s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by 2015.
Read the full press release: Greenville and Spartanburg Press Release