Posted By Karen Boles, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation,
Sunday, August 12, 2012
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The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has announced the 12 Louisiana programs that will be awarded grants through its Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana.
The 12 programs selected will receive $10.2 million in Foundation grants, which have sparked $16.8 million in matching funds from other community organizations. As a result, the Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana is putting $27 million into programs that improve the health of Louisiana communities.
Following are the 12 projects receiving awards, selected from 49 grant applications throughout the state:
- Fresh Beginnings in Baton Rouge, which will receive $1 million to improve 61,000 residents' access to supermarkets and other outlets for fresh food.
- The Capital Area Pathways Project and Mobile Playground in Baton Rouge, which will receive $1 million to build a four-mile trail and introduce a mobile recreation program.
- Healthy Living Club in Lafayette, which will receive $1 million to add playground facilities, community gardens and faith-based fitness teams for two communities.
- Live Lively LaSalle!, which will receive $1 million for initiatives from building skate parks and basketball courts to adding healthy items to restaurant menus.
- West End Health and Wellness Project in New Iberia, which will receive $1 million to open a fresh seafood and farmer's market in the city's West End.
- Fit NOLA Project in New Orleans, which will receive $999,991 to connect residents in three neighborhoods with underused parks and provide vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables at area farmer's markets.
- Ouachita Well in Monroe, which will receive $999,716 to help communities start programs for healthy eating and active living.
- Generation K in New Orleans, which will receive $925,276 to develop two community hubs that engage children in physical activities and nutritional programs.
- Dare to Be Healthy in Lake Charles, which was awarded $759,977 for new sidewalks, biking and walking trails, community gardens, health education and other programs for children and adults.
- Healthy Green and Into the Outdoors Obesity Prevention Project in Shreveport, which will receive $588,485 to provide health education to children and teach families to sustain gardens and orchards.
- Central Louisiana Local Food Initiative in Alexandria, which will receive $500,000 to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables while enhancing opportunities for local farmers.
- Growing LA in New Orleans, which will receive $440,000 to build a 1.5-acre community garden to make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible to low-income residents.
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