Monument Corridor receives $1 million grant

It’s official! Monument Community Partnership (MCP) and Healthy and Active Before 5 have received a $1 million, 3-year grant to promote healthy eating and active living in Concord’s Monument Corridor thanks to Kaiser Permanente through its fund established at the East Bay Community Foundation.

The goal of the grant is to work with folks living in the Monument Corridor community to eat better and move more… every day.

The Concord Monument Corridor HEAL project brings together a wonderful coalition of partners, including Contra Costa Health Services, First 5 Contra Costa, and Contra Costa Child Care Council.

We will work together on four specific goals over the next 3 years:

1. Decrease calorie consumption, especially sugar-sweetened beverages

2. Increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables

3. Increase physical activity in community settings, such as parks and safe routes for walking and biking

4. Increase physical activity in “institutional” settings, such as child care, schools and workplaces.

We have a lot of work ahead of us. We couldn’t be more excited.

We know childhood obesity is a critical issue. Kaiser’s generous support will help us improve access to healthier choices in this community. We anticipate seeing improvements in breastfeeding rates, increased physical activity, improved child care, better community nutritional environments and a more active neighborhood as a result of this project.” (Diane Dooley MD, HAB45 Chair)

Official press release: http://www.cchealth.org/press_releases/pdf/2011_08_monument_corridor.pdf

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Note: Monument Corridor HEAL project is part of a regional initiative. Other communities receiving $1 million HEAL grants are in San Francisco, Fresno, Modesto, Richmond, Santa Rosa, and South Sacramento. For more information on the HEAL grant, visit: www.kp.org/newscenter

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