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Blue Cross Foundation Healthy Challenge Update

Posted By Karen Boles, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Sunday, August 12, 2012

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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