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Grants promote healthy habits and food stamps

Efforts to promote healthful eating, regular physical activity and food
stamp use among Contra Costa residents received a boost recently with the
awarding of grants to six local organizations.

The On the Move With FoodWise (OMF) project of Contra Costa Health
Services (CCHS) announced it was awarding grants worth $7,500 to $16,000 to four
organizations to help them conduct nutrition education and physical activity
promotion, as well as to two organizations for food stamp promotion and
nutrition education.

"Community organizations offer many creative and effective ways of
reaching out to people. One of this year's grantees, for example, will use the
arts to promote the healthy lifestyle at CCHS clinics," says Blanca Campos, OMF
administrative coordinator.

Campos says that a specific segment of the Contra Costa population that
needs to be reached are food stamp-eligible people. "Only half of food
stamp-eligible persons in our county are receiving food stamps. It's important
that people become aware of resources that they can tap when faced with tough
economic times. Food stamps are also a good way to increase access to nutritious
foods because of the helpful nutrition education that accompanies food
stamp mailings," she adds.

According to Campos, the two organizations receiving grants to conduct
food stamp promotion and nutrition education are the Cambridge Community Center
(for Central and West County) and the Pittsburg Pre-School and Coordinating
Council (for East County).

The four organizations receiving grants for nutrition education and
physical activity promotion are the Cambridge Community Center, Center for Human
Development, Independent Living Skills Program and Quilt of Many Colors. The
first three organizations will be conducting workshops on topics such as food
budgeting, eating healthy on a budget and being physically active to their
clients in a wide variety of settings, including childcare and after-school.

Quilt of Many Colors will be conducting arts-based nutrition education and
physical activity promotion.

For more information about the grants, call Blanca Campos at 925-313-6843
or Judi Urbanik at 925-313-6818.
Run dates: 2003-11-05 - 2003-11-19

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