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Grant applications for last round of Nutrition And Physical Activity Initiative now available
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Grant applications for the final round of funding for the Golden Belt Community Foundation’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative are now available. This initiative is part of the Kansas Health Foundation’s "change something" campaign and focuses on improving the health of residents of Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties through better nutrition and increased physical activity.

This year, the Request for Proposal (RFP) was designed to help communities identify and change policies, practices, and environments associated with being physically active or making healthy eating easier. Although education and programming applications will still be accepted, the RFP emphasizes policy, practice and environmental changes that influence the environments in which physical activity and healthy eating take place.

These environmental, policy, and practice changes seek to enhance opportunities for people to engage in healthy food and physical activity behaviors. Addressing these issues takes many different approaches and involves a variety of venues. However, in the long run, it is these changes that will not only promote and encourage healthier behaviors in our communities, but make them more desirable options as well.

Grant applications for the Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative are due on or before May 2 and must be submitted using the 2011 Golden Belt Community Foundation Nutrition and Physical Activity Project Application form. Application forms are available at www.goldenbeltcf.org, (click on Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative under Community Initiatives) or by calling 620-792-3000.

At $6.82 million in total assets and over 100 endowment funds under management, the Golden Belt Community Foundation has been helping donors fulfill their charitable wishes since 1996. Over $1.3 million has been reinvested into the communities of Stafford, Pawnee, Barton, and Rush counties in the form of grants since 2002. For more information about the Golden Belt Community Foundation, call (620) 792-3000 or see their website at www.goldenbeltcf.org.