Tallahassee Cope Coalition is Combating Childhood Obesity

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Tallahassee, Florida - November 20, 2012

One-third of Leon County's student population is at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes because they are either overweight or obese. Type 2 diabetes is totally preventable! Physical activity among our youth is another concern, as 33 percent of Leon County High School students lack the sufficient vigorous physical activities needed to stay fit and in shape. Our children's poor health status is a major concern for families in Tallahassee and for the Tallahassee Childhood Obesity Prevention Education (COPE) Coalition.

Putting the action in dollars toward community organizations, government entities, public schools and academic institutions, the COPE Leadership Team, COPE Coalition and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation are seeking a variety of initiatives aimed at preventing childhood obesity.

This is the second round of mini-grants, funded up to $10,000. Currently, the COPE Leadership team and its COPE Coalition have 21 grantees that have initiatives aimed at preventing childhood obesity on the community level throughout Leon County. These grants include efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles, including physical activity; promote fitness and nutrition education; support parental involvement in their children’s lives; provide access to safe facilities and neighborhoods for physical activity; and directly support adequate and healthy nutrition. A major goal of the COPE initiative is to promote, initiate and create wellness policies for the health of our children.

This project is funded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation to Florida A&M University, Institute of Public Health, Florida Family Network, Inc. and its partners, Florida State University Center on Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations and the Greater Frenchtown Governor’s Revitalization Council to develop a sustainable coalition that develops partnerships and collaborates to collectively come up with solutions to the childhood obesity problem in Leon County.

The Call To Action grants will be awarded to those groups which promote healthy lifestyles. Interested parties should visit http://www.tallycope.org for grant applications and grant writing workshops. The deadline for applying for the grants will be December 20, 2012.

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