Health & Fitness

Area health groups get Methodist grants

Seven Wichita-area organizations are among 26 recipients of a new round of grants announced Friday by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.

The grants total more than $1.57 million, the ministry said.

These are the area organizations receiving grants:

* GraceMed Health Clinic, $69,800 to help eligible low-income families with enrollment in HealthWave insurance coverage.

* E.C. Tyree Health & Dental Clinic, at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, $12,000 to expand dental services.

* Comcare of Sedgwick County, $35,000 to open a third Wichita site for the Proud of Me program, which serves 3- to 5-year-olds with challenging behaviors.

* Kansas Parents of Teachers Association, $73,160 for a two-year training project aimed at improved physical activity and nutrition for young children.

* Urban League of Kansas, $55,000 to help residents around the Atwater Neighborhood City Hall with programs aimed at healthful eating and physical activity.

* Rainbows United Charitable Foundation, $90,000 for extraordinary expenses associated with financial management.

* Peace Connections of Newton, $75,000 to support a new initiative to combat poverty.

The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, based in Hutchinson, was funded through an endowment established in 1986 by the Kansas West Conference of the United Methodist Church from a portion of the proceeds of the sale of Wesley Hospital in Wichita.