Schools and community-based nonprofit organizations can apply for grants of up to $1,000 from UnitedHealthcare to fund efforts to fight childhood obesity.
Programs must include an activity walking, running or hiking in which kids count their steps. They must also include a service component where youth increase awareness, provide help or otherwise advocate solutions.
The grant program, called the UnitedHealth HEROES initiative, is offered for the fifth year with Youth Service America, which encourages young people to help in their communities.
Activities funded by the grants will begin on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Jan. 21, 2013, and end on Global Youth Service Day, April 26 to 28, 2013.
To learn more, visit http://www.YSA.org/HEROES, where a list of previous grant winners is also available. The application deadline is midnight EST on Oct. 15.
The program "enables young people to take part in positive change and develop healthy habits, which will affect their well-being while allowing them to give back to their communities," said Jeri Jones, chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare of Utah, in a statement.
"We are excited to see the creative ideas young people come up with to help fight obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles," she said.
During the first four years of the program, nearly 1,000 UnitedHealth HEROES grants, totaling almost $500,000, have been awarded to groups across the country.
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