2016 Healthy Savannah Mini-Grant Awardees

Congratulations all 2016 Healthy Savannah Mini-Grant Awardees

Blessings in a Book Bag
Build A Bridge Foundation
Coastal Heritage Society
COPE For Change, Inc. – Beach HS Project
Girls on the Run
Memorial Health
Mercer University School of Medicine
Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council

Blessings in a Book Bag (BIBB) is a local non-profit that brings communities together and increases awareness in Savannah’s inner city community about the importance of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. BIBB provides a portion of the students at Brock Elementary, a Title I school in West Savannah, “book bags” loaded with food. This happens on Friday evenings during the school year so students and their families will not go hungry over the weekend. This funding specifically supports a fundraising event. The proceeds from this event will insure that the food in the bags is nutritious and healthy. In addition, there is an educational component for recipients to learn about healthy choices. The event is the 4th Annual Unity in the Community 5K and Health Fair scheduled for January 14, 2017 at Forsyth Park.

Build A Bridge Foundation (BBF) is a non-profit organization that provides free community resources and educational services for women, children, and families to help close the gap of poverty and assist those who are at or below the poverty level. These funds supplement a larger project with several community partners called a “Smart Snacks Bar” and Vegetable Station. The objective is to provide nutritious snacks, fruits, and vegetables to parents and community members bi-weekly in association with a monthly family education sessions in association with the USDA funded Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). In addition, in association with UGA a “get fit” club will be made available to to these same families. Mini-grant funds some healthy snacks for attendees as well as physical activity supplies for the “get fit” club.

Coastal Heritage Society (CHS) is a non-profit organization that manages five museums including the Savannah Children’s Museum, an outdoor educational space. In 2015 they expanded their programming to include nutrition education and health & wellness to help with health equity for our underserved population. In association Project Open Hand Atlanta CHS is launching the Cooking Matters program in Savannah. Cooking Matters is a 6-12 week series of classes which include hands on cooking, meal sharing trips to a local grocery store, shopping on a budget, and food label reading instruction – all to set up low income families to be able to shop, prepare, and share a healthy meal. Mini-grant will fund one local produce bag from local farmers for 300 families as well as supplies to support the cooking demonstrations.

COPE for Change is a non-profit that works to combat childhood obesity with a three-fold approach. 1) Nutrition Education 2) Fitness and 3) Behavioural Health. COPE has afterschool programs for students, evening and weekend programs for parents, and anytime at their studio. COPE offers a LEAN Essential Workshop (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition) to help children and families. The workshop is centered around eight topics: choosing quality foods, benefits of a brainy breakfast, identifying good vs. bad fats, how much protein the body needs, creative activities to get the whole family moving, best beverages to drink, ingredients to avoid, and food labeling loopholes and myth busters. Mini-grant funding will support three LEAN Essentials Workshops to be conducted at Beach High School.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a non-profit that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience based curriculum which integrates running. Currently GOTR reaches nearly 1000 girls at 50 different local schools / sites. GOTR holds after school sessions twice weekly during the school year and provides snacks for each of these sessions. GOTR is incorporating healthy eating vs. pre-packaged sugary options into these sessions. GOTR has shown that these sessions do influence behavioural change for healthier snacks. In association with Second Harvest Food Bank and Food Lion GOTR is able to purchase fruit at lower cost. Mini-grant funds will fund twenty separate sessions per semester.

Memorial Health (MH) is a non-profit local hospital and is home to the Willett Children’s Hospital at MHUMC. MH is home to the Gulfstream Children’s Wellness Program and Center, a program developed to encourage families in Savannah to adopt healthy habits. Healthy food branded media in the form of vinyl banners in the cafeteria in schools has been proven to dramatically change behaviours. By placing these banners in all schools in the school district the aim will to be to influence healthier choices. Comparison data will be utilized to determine results. Mini-grant funds will fund banners for 20 Elementary and K-8 schools in Chatham County.

Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) is conducting a “Year of Health at Moses Jackson Advancement Center (MJAC)” . A Lunch and Learn Series is focused on continued collaboration betweent MUSM and MJAC through programs including MUSM Day of Service at MJAC, the creation of a lunch and learn health series for residents in the community of Moses Jackson/Sustainable Fellwood, and the continuation of existing initiatives, such as free bi-monthly screenings and the culinary nutrition program for adults, teens, and children at the center. Mini-grant funds will fund food and printed materials for four sessions (30 attendees per session) and one ‘day of service’.

Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council will develop outreach materials promoting the findings and policy recomendations of the 2015-2016 Healthy Savannah Plan4Health Grant. SCFPC will focus on specific priority audiences to promote access to healthy food in Chatham County with a focus on health equity. The recomendations will be presented with compelling graphics that connect the actions of the target audiences to policy and environmental changes that mitigate the social determinants of health including income, educational attainment, and race. The overall message is that policy, systems, and environmental changes (PSE) are necessary to create a thriving community wherethe healthy choice is the easy choice. Mini-grant funds will fund graphic design time and printing.

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