Healthy Plans Grants

16 07 2007

“Three organizations in the Cape Fear region received grants totaling more than $185,000 from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation……The foundation also awarded a $30,200 grant to create parks and recreation facilities in Hoke County.

David Jackson, director of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the study will map out the number and types of recreation facilities and parks the county needs.

“It will give us a rhyme and reason to our development,” Jackson said.

When the study is complete, it will be used to help the county receive more grants for future parks and recreation development, County Manager Mike Wood said.

The foundation gave $56,800 to Communities in Schools of Moore County to build a 1-mile fitness trail with exercise stations and a community learning garden at Aberdeen Elementary School.

The fitness trail will be used for physical education classes and will be open to the public. The garden will be used to teach children about healthy foods.

The foundation awarded 11 grants and paid out more than $560,000 to statewide organizations during its spring grant cycle. The foundation’s primary goals are to improve overall health and increase access to healthy activities.”

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