Communities get Healthy Wichita Grants

A dozen local National Night Out gatherings today will incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables and some physical activity into their events with the help of 2010 Healthy Wichita Grants.

The grants were awarded by the Wichita Community Foundation in partnership with the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita after a survey in March 2009 showed that many people don't know how to prepare fresh fruits and vegetables, don't always feel safe being physically active outside by themselves and need some help incorporating physical activity into their neighborhoods.

The grants were for up to $1,000 each, to pay for supplies for physical activities or for fresh fruits and vegetables. The grant winners and the location of their events are:

* Bonnie Brae Neighborhood, Heather Street between Lockinvar and Mockingbird

* Derby Community Coalition, Rock River Rapids

* Eastridge Neighborhood Association, Boston Recreation Center

* Fairmount Neighborhood Association, 1650 Fairmount

* First Metropolitan Community Church, 156 S. Kansas

* Haysville Healthy Habits Community Coalition, Haysville Municipal Pool

* Jefferson/Larimer Neighborhood, 10th Street and Jefferson

* Mead Homeowners Association, 2040 S. Volutsia

* Planeview Neighborhood Association, 2820 S. Roosevelt, Planeview Park

* Safe Streets Wichita, 2007 N. Arkansas

* Uptown Neighborhood Association, First and Chautauqua

* West 21st Street Community Development Corp., Nomar Market, 21st Street and Market.

In addition, grants for up to $15,000 were available to groups wanting to start education and food preparation programs. These three organizations got grants:

* Catholic Charities will provide nutritional education to adults and children shelter residents.

* The Sedgwick County Central Plains Area Agency on Aging will offer nutrition education classes at senior centers and senior-focused housing throughout Wichita. The classes will include food preparation demonstrations and will be designed for people living with diabetes.

* The Sedgwick County Extension Education Foundation will provide classes that include food demonstrations emphasizing economical recipes using fruits and vegetables.

Grants of up to $15,000 also were available for the development of walking and/or running groups. These programs were awarded grants:

* Eastridge Neighborhood Association, to expand neighborhood walking groups.

* Maize South Middle School, to start a program called "Walk and More."

* Northfield School of the Liberal Arts, to create a walking initiative around the school.

More information on the grants and on other Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita activities is available at www.hwcwichita.org.