The City of Kent is taking steps toward ensuring local families and children have access to proper nutrition and information about healthy eating, and a recent $25,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association is aiding in that goal.
The $25,000 is part of a $1.5 million grant the NRPA received from the Walmart Foundation to provide more healthy meals in afterschool and summer programs, increase child and family literacy in fruits and vegetables, and support physical activity.
Kent officials will use a portion of the grant to purchase a Smoothie/Art bike, which will be brought to events and programs around the city, so kids and teens can churn out a tasty smoothie while pedaling the bike or earn a piece of art.
“The City of Kent has always been and will continue to be an essential community partner in combating the challenges of poor nutrition, hunger, obesity, and physical inactivity that are affecting our children today,” said Julie Parascondola, director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services for the City of Kent, in a written statement. “This grant will help us enhance our current programming and outreach to youth and teens throughout our community.”
The grant is part of the NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign. In the first four years, the organization received 1,650 pledges of support from parks and recreation sites to encourage healthier habits, and now, about 300,000 have pledged to improve access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity.