The South Snohomish County Commission for Health has announced its first round of funding awards for nine community health and wellness programs. Funding recipients include a wellness program that supports seniors with chronic health conditions and a group of programs that address childhood obesity. The awards represent $883,000 of program funding for the first year.
The anti-childhood obesity programs selected for funding are expected to serve 3,500 children and youth with nutrition education, motivation, and exercise opportunities. These programs are designed to address the growing issue of childhood obesity; funding will be used to establish or expand before and afterschool exercise programs, youth sports, nutrition programs, and healthy summer activities for children.
Additionally, through a collaboration with the Parks and Recreation departments of the cities of Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, swimming lessons will be available for any third grader who lives or goes to school in the Edmonds School District. Other funding recipients include programs from the Edmonds Senior Center, Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish County, Edmonds School Foundation, Edmonds School District, and the Cascade Bicycling Club.
The Commission for Health continues to seek proposals for health and wellness programs serving South Snohomish County in four areas: Education and Empowerment, Prevention, Access to Healthcare Services, and Policy and Advocacy. Proposals are also being accepted for one-time uses like events and short-term needs in the community, as well as for ongoing health and wellness programs. Detailed descriptions of funding guidelines, criteria, and application materials can be found on the organization’s website: www.ssccfh.org.