In September 2013, Healthy Savannah was awarded $150,000 in grant funding from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation (HGF) Childhood Obesity Prevention Program to assist in furthering Healthy Savannah’s Initiative of making Savannah a healthier place to live. With the YMCA of Coastal GA, Inc. serving as the fiscal agent, the funds, will be distributed over the next three years.
The goals of Healthcare Georgia Foundation (HGF) Childhood Obesity Prevention Program are:
- To protect and promote the health of individuals, families, and communities
- To improve the availability, quality, appropriateness and financing of healthcare services
- To integrate and coordinate efforts to improve health and healthcare services
The grant that was awarded to Healthy Savannah is designated to fund community initiatives aimed at decreasing childhood obesity in Chatham County and the City of Savannah. Goals of the grant include strengthen existing community-based collaborations and partnerships to reduce behavioral and environmental risk factors among underserved individuals and communities, as well as expand or develop community awareness and health promotion campaigns, building a healthy, more livable community, increasing physical activity in neighborhoods, and increasing the community’s interest in healthy kids. These goals are intended to be achieved through creating a public interest in the development of environmental infrastructure to facilitate physical activity; specifically by way of the Truman Linear Park Trail and Complete Streets.