The Lincoln Parks and Recreation was recently awarded a $1,000 UnitedHealth HEROES grant from Youth Service America (YSA) and UnitedHealth Group to help fund the Fun Times for Good Health project. UnitedHealth HEROES grants support youth-led service-learning initiatives addressing childhood obesity and healthy lifestyles. The grant was one of 282 grants awarded nationwide.
As part of the project, elementary-age children at the Belmont and "F" Street recreation centers and the Everett Community Learning Center will be taught basic basketball skills while learning lifelong strategies to stay healthy and active. The children also will learn about good nutrition and how to prepare healthy meals for their families by participating in the Monthly Make Ahead Meals program offered at "F" Street Recreation Center.
"One of the best ways to fight obesity is to provide a wide variety of active leisure activities that children will be able to enjoy for a lifetime," said Sandy Myers, City Recreation Manager. The Fun Times for Good Health project will enhance the existing Americorps Education Community and Health Opportunities (ECHO) project which addresses childhood obesity issues by focusing on the four pillars of Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign.
"Fun Time for Good Health exemplifies service-learning and the UnitedHealth HEROES program," said Steve Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA. "Young people in Lincoln want to make a difference, and UnitedHealth Group, in conjunction with YSA, is pleased to offer them resources to help make a positive, measurable impact on their community."
For more information about Fun Time for Good Health, contact Melissa Harris, Parks and Recreation, at 402-441-4900. For more information on YSA, visit www.YSA.org.