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BOISE, Idaho, May 20, 2013 – The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health recently awarded $100,000 in grants to programs aimed at reversing the obesity epidemic among Idaho children.

The grants to six organizations range from $5,000 to $25,000 and include funding for nutrition and wellness education in Blaine County schools and a fitness trail with exercise stations in Sugar-Salem. In the past two years, the foundation has given more than $255,000 to non-profit organizations throughout Idaho in its ongoing efforts to help improve the health and wellness of the state’s youth.

“These organizations really stood out with their innovative ideas and well-planned delivery methods,” said Zelda Geyer-Sylvia Chairman of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health and President and CEO of Blue Cross of Idaho. “They share our dedication to improving health and reversing childhood obesity in Idaho, and have built grassroots programs tailored to the needs of their communities.”

The Foundation only considered applications from Idaho-based organizations and gave special consideration to community-based programs targeting low-income children. The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health officially awarded the grants at a presentation on the Blue Cross of Idaho Campus on Tuesday, April 30.

For more information about the childhood obesity prevention grants, please visit the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation website at bcidahofoundation.org.

Grant recipients and programs:

Central District Health Department -- $20,000
Complete Streets: Program to help people identify and access automobile transportation alternatives.

Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation -- $23,655
Active Neighborhood Kids Club: Summer programs helping kids achieve recommended physical activity levels.

Nuture (Ketchum) -- $20,000
Elementary School Nutrition and Wellness Program: Promotes health and wellness to children and their parents.

Sugar-Salem Community Coalition -- $25,000
Fitness Highway: This program will provide a fitness trail with eight different exercise stations for area kids.

Donnelly Elementary School and Wilder School District -- $5,000 each
Community Garden: The Donnelly Elementary School and Wilder School District each received grants to build a garden and greenhouse to serve as a community garden.

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About the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health

Created in 2001 for charitable and educational purposes, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health supports programs that benefit the health and wellness of all Idahoans. The Foundation believes that when it comes to giving to the community it must lead by example. Since 2003, the Foundation has donated nearly $1 million to charitable health programs and organizations statewide. For more information, visit bcidahofoundation.org.

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