Two Indianapolis-based organizations are teaming up to improve wellness in children. United Way of Central Indiana and the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation have launched two grant programs worth $1 million.
The organizations say the purpose of the grants is to improve health, reduce obesity and enhance the well-being of individuals and families. Ann Murtlow, president and CEO of UWCI says, "Through improved facilities and instruction, this partnership will lead to stronger, healthier children."
The first grant targets curriculum, professional development and research improvements that lead to healthy eating and physical activity. That information will be delivered to young children through high-quality programming at early childhood education providers in Marion County.
The second grant will be given to child care providers to improve indoor and outdoor recreational areas and/or purchase equipment and furnishings, with the goal of reducing childhood obesity through increased physical activity. Anthem Foundation employees will also help build and assemble the equipment.
The United Way of Central Indiana says the grants will be awarded on a rolling basis and will continue until all of the funds have been distributed. You can find more information on the grant programs by clicking here.