City of Eureka Receives $25,000 Grant

The City of Eureka Receives $25,000 Grant to Support Local Healthy Out-of-School Time Programs

The City of Eureka, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), has received a $25,000 grant to support its out-of-school time healthy food access and nutritional literacy programs.

The gift is part of a $1.5 million grant NRPA received from the Walmart Foundation to support out-of-school time programs in park and recreation agencies across the country.

The purpose of the grant is to:

  1. Increase the number of healthy meals children receive through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) or the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) during out-of-school times.
  2. Provide evidence-based nutrition literacy to children and families that creates behavior change, including increased consumption of fruits and vegetables.
  3. Implement healthy living practices and policies aligned with the evidence-based healthy eating and physical activity standards that increase access to healthier foods and support a healthy environment.

Eureka’s grant will help increase access to healthy foods and improve opportunities for physical activity. The City of Eureka will also receive additional support for meals provided through USDA afterschool and summer feeding programs as well as nutritional literacy materials to help ensure life-long healthy habits for Eureka’s youth.

This grant supports NRPA’s campaign — Commit to Health — which encourages the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in park and recreation sites nationwide. NRPA’s goal is to have at least 2,000 participating sites in five years.  Within the first four years of the program, 1,650 sites have pledged to Commit to Health and nearly 300,000 children now have improved access to healthy foods and increased opportunities for physical activity.

Local implementation of this grant will initially take place during the City’s FREE summer day program, Camp Cooper, which takes place at the Cooper Gulch Facility. Campers will participate in hands-on activities such as creating their own camp garden, preparing healthy snacks and simple meals utilizing real cooking materials so that they can learn to be self-sufficient in supporting their own healthy eating habits, and educational curriculum covering nutritional facts about each month’s highlighted fruit and/or vegetable. The City of Eureka hopes to instill lifelong education to participants so that they may take their health into their own hands as they grow and mature into adults.

To learn more about Commit to Health, visit www.nrpa.org/committohealth.

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About The National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit http://www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit http://www.parksandrecreation.org.

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