Findlay Receives Grant to Prevent Childhood Obesity

The city of Findlay received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Beverage Foundation for the prevention of childhood obesity by getting local kids active. It will be used to increase access to physical activity for children om Findlay and expanding the existing Keep Active, Keep Healthy program throughout the year, not just during the summer.

Funds from the grant would be used on equipment for more activities, instructors, space rental, transportation and equipment or exercise items children can use at home. Additionally, it will be used for prizes or gifts to promote participation in the program as well as increased marketing to reach more families.

Possible programs being considered, according to a city press release, include ice skating lessons as ice bowling at the Cube as well as gym activities like pinball (a type of indoor baseball), kickball, racquetball, wallyball and yoga.

The City of Findlay was eligible for the grant through former mayor Lydia Mihalik’s involvement with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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