FINDLAY (WTOL) - They city of Findlay has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Beverage Foundation for the prevention of childhood obesity.
The money will be used to increase access to physical activity for children and expanding the existing “Keep Active...Keep Healthy” program to offer programs throughout the year, not just summertime.
Possible programs to be included are ice skating lessons at the Cube, ice bowling and knocker hockey, gym activities such as pinball (a type of indoor baseball), as well as kickball, racquetball, wallyball and yoga.
The funds would be used on equipment for expanded activities, fees for space rental, instructors, transportation, equipment or exercise items for children to use at home, gifts or prizes to promote participation in the program and increased marketing to reach more children.
“We are really happy in Findlay, Ohio to have the opportunity to do some great things, and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America certainly is giving us the resources to be intentional about the way we approach childhood obesity prevention,” said former Findlay mayor Lydia Mihalik. "On behalf of a very grateful community in Findlay, thank you mayors for being an inspiration to us, and thank you to the U.S. Conference of Mayors for providing us a platform to share best practices and do great things in our communities.
The City of Findlay was eligible for the grant through Mihalik’s involvement with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
While in the Conference, Mihalik served on the USCM Advisory Board, as Chair of the USCM Standing Committee on Children, Health and Human Services and as Vice Chair of the USCM Women Mayors Leadership.