Friday, June 4, 2010

Exciting News for Billings Action for Healthy Kids

In late May, we got some great news in Billings ... Boys and Girls Club of Yellowstone County and Billings Action for Healthy Kids are one of 50 recipients of a $10,000 General Mills 2010 Champions for Healthy Kids grants. WAHOOO!!

The grants were especially competitive this year (over 1,200 applicants), so we were very honored to have been chosen as the only grant in Montana. Our concept is all about kids - by kids and for kids. It stems form an experience that I had last summer making videos about healthy snacks with some amazing kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Yellowstone County. After one session, they literally took over - planning, directing, filming, eating, education - it was incredible.

Here's the basic idea, we'll keep you posted on the progress:
You Food-n-Fitness will produce a series of five-minute videos for low-income, at-risk youth who may be living in difficult circumstances. The goal of this innovative project is to increase children’s knowledge of basic nutrition and physical fitness. Videos will be developed and filmed by Club members and will teach kids about the USDA’s MyPyramid food groups along with basic skills to safely prepare balanced meals for themselves when they have no other option. Kids will also learn about the importance of physical activity and safe ways to be active at home. The videos will integrate basic math skills into nutrition and activity education.

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