Greater Southern Nodaway County Community Foundation Receives Grant

Greater Southern Nodaway County Community Foundation (GSNCCF), an affiliate of Nodaway County Economic Development (NCED), has received a HEAL Grant, funding to the amount of $11,344.50, for their SN Fitness project, from HEALTHY PARTNERSHIPS (a partnership of Heartland Foundation, Heartland Health, and North Kansas City Hospital). All parties are committed to improving the health of residents in this region. Sue Nothstine (GSNCCF) and Lisa Macali (NCED), along with other recipients, were presented an award certificate at the Heartland Foundation board meeting/luncheon, held on Wednesday, February 25, 2014 in St. Joseph.

This fitness project promotes healthy eating and active living through creation of a SN Fitness Club for community members of all ages. South Nodaway students will be provided weekly exercise opportunities by visiting the Maryville Community Center. This unique partnering combines local volunteers, staff, and facilities with Maryville Parks and Recreation services, where gym equipment, basketball courts and walking track are available despite the weather. NWMSU college interns will work with students each Monday throughout the 2014-2015 school year.  Simultaneously, the adult club members will share a weekly exercise/education session at the Barnard Christian Church, followed by helping to prepare and serve a light healthy meal for the youngsters upon their return from Maryville. Monthly, parents of the participating students will be invited to share a delicious hot, healthy meal with their children and are treated to innovative educational sessions on how to incorporate healthy eating/active living into their daily lives. The result is a community team effort which is fun, educational, and effectively hits at all age levels.

GSNCCF wishes to thank Maryville Parks and Recreation, Barnard Christian Church, South Nodaway School , and Longhorn PTO, for generously partnering with us in this endeavor.

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