Grants

Working To Help Our Kids Be Better.

BCBSF Foundation's statewide initiative, Embrace A Healthy Florida, helps communities across Florida through grants, like the ones listed below. These grants help communities develop action plans to enhance child health and wellness.

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Promising Practice Grant Summaries
Applied Research Grant Summaries
Community Engagement Summaries


Promising Practice Grant Summaries

The Education Fund
Amount: $10,000
Duration: 1 Year
Area: Miami-Dade County
Program: Plant a Thousand Gardens Collaborative Nutrition Initiative (CNI)
Summary: CNI is a student-centered, seed-to-table garden project that teaches second-grade students health and nutrition literacy through hands-on, collaborative learning in 10 Miami-Dade County elementary schools. CNI engages school leaders with the goal of using the results from the program to advocate for garden projects, district-wide, that improve the health and eating habits of all children.
Get Active Orlando
Amount: $100,000
Duration: 2 Years
Area: Orlando
Program: Get Active Orlando
Summary: Get Active Orlando is part of a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies, programs and community strategies. It focuses on the Parramore Heritage District. Get Active Orlando develops and implements activities that create an environment conducive to physical activity, provide education and promote opportunities for physical fitness.
Hebni Nutritional Consultants
Amount: $100,000
Duration: 1 Year
Area: Orlando
Program: Keeping Your Diet Straight: K.Y.D.S. Take Charge
Summary: K.Y.D.S. Take Charge, a nutrition education program for African-American youth, was implemented at Nap Ford Elementary School. This project performs a Community Food Assessment (CFA) of the 32805 ZIP code area of Orlando. The CFA utilizes focus groups to gather information on the food shopping habits, practices and beliefs of families, and examines the characteristics of local grocery stores and restaurants. The program works with local grocery stores and restaurants to offer healthy choices and establish a community coalition to develop an action plan based upon the CFA.
Leon County Health Department
Amount: $99,418
Duration: 1 Year
Area: Leon County (Tallahassee)
Program: Assessment of Community and Home Food Environments
Summary: This project expands the Nutrition Environmental Measures Survey to complete an assessment of the community food environment in Leon County and in the Frenchtown community. It supplements that knowledge with an assessment of the home food environment of low-income families in Frenchtown. The program concludes with focus groups of families and community engagement workshops. This effort addresses the critical nutritional needs of children in this community and across the county. Evaluation will measure the increased awareness and knowledge among parents, children and community leaders.
MicheLee Puppets
Amount: $100,000
Duration: 2 Years
Area: Orlando
Program: EXTREME Health Challenge (EHC)
Summary: EHC is a live performance for children between kindergarten and fifth-grade. It features puppet characters who, along with students, learn the answers to questions regarding nutrition and physical activity. The primary goals of the EHC program are to increase knowledge and awareness of healthy lifestyle choices among elementary school students.
Prime Time of Palm Beach County
Amount: $116,624
Duration: 1 Year
Area: Palm Beach County
Program: Project GROW (Guided Reflections on Wellness)
Summary: Project GROW is a pilot program involving kids ages 5-12 (and their parents) at 10 after-school sites. It is a 36-session program focused on physical activity, journaling, parental involvement and school gardens, among others. The overall goals are to educate youth on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and have each site host an activity-based program highlighting their nutrition and activity lessons learned throughout the program.
Rails-To-Trails Conservancy (RTC)
Amount: $108,790
Duration: 2 Years
Area: Tallahassee (Jacksonville site)
Program: Jacksonville S Line Trail and Jacksonville to Baldwin Trail
Summary: RTC will increase community integration and use of these two trails in Jacksonville through research and mapping, community outreach, prioritized action plan and direct technical assistance and support. RTC will analyze a half-mile radius of these trails to locate community assets, build collaborations with community groups and connect with facilities such as schools, parks and neighborhoods. The goals are to form non-motorized interconnected systems and develop a mechanism to integrate trail use into community life.
St. Joseph's Children's Advocacy Center
Amount: $100,000
Duration: 2 Years
Area: Tampa
Program: Kidz Bite Back (KBB)
Summary: KBB is a school-based, peer-to-peer, grassroots effort for fourth- and fifth-graders that encourages healthy eating and physical activity. KBB includes two counter marketing components. Big Fat Industries educates students on how the fast food, soft drink and junk food industries target children. Couch Potato Companies educates kids on how national TV networks and video game companies promote sedentary lifestyles among children. The "Kidz Advocates" educate other students and are provided incentives to educate their parents.
War on Poverty
Amount Requested: $100,000
Duration: 2 Years
Area: Jacksonville
Program: Build a Healthy Community: Childhood Obesity Prevention Project (BHC)
Summary: This program educates residents in northwest Jacksonville to engage them in the process of mitigating barriers to resources, information and healthy foods. Community assets have been mapped. BHC provides greater access to information about healthy eating and active living. It also identifies community assets and barriers to these activities. Focus groups have increased awareness of childhood obesity prevention activities and strategies. Exercise and fitness programs targeting youth between the ages of 4 and 16 have been implemented in after-school and pre-school programs.

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Applied Research Grant Summaries

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension
Amount: $100,000
Duration: 3 Years
Area: State-wide
Program: Food of the Month Club Expansion Study
Summary: Food of the Month Club Expansion Study tests the efficacy of a prevention-oriented nutrition and healthy lifestyle education program, combined with nutritious cafeteria offerings, in the elementary school setting. This program builds on the successful OrganWise Guys nutrition education program. The goal is to improve the well-being and academic performance of children in a manner replicable in other public school settings.
Institute for America's Health
Amount: $100,000
Duration: 1 Year
Area: Orlando
Program: The Florida Initiative
Summary: The Florida Initiative integrates five programs to educate fourth- and fifth-graders, their teachers and their parents about marketing strategies that promote the consumption of unhealthy foods and sedentary lifestyles among children. The goal is to change the culture of the kids and parents to adopt healthier lifestyles.
Nemours Health and Prevention Services
Amount: $100,000
Duration: 1 Year
Area: Orlando
Program: Nemours Child Care Obesity Prevention Project (NCCOPP)
Summary: NCCOPP engages early care and education providers (child care centers) to implement the Healthy Habits for Life Tool Kit. The program targets teachers of children 3-5 years of age to provide classroom experiences to teach children to eat healthy and be physically active. The program utilizes programs and educational and outreach materials to inform parents as well. Nemours intends to reach 500 3-5-year-olds in 20 participating child care centers.
University of Florida Foundation (Department of Psychology)
Amount: $100,000
Duration: 1 Year
Area: Gainesville
Program: Church-Partnered Family Health Self-Empowerment Program
Summary: This program targets 10 churches to recruit 120 African-American women who live in low-income families, have hypertension and are overweight or obese. The program consists of four components: 1) a physical health promotion workshop; 2) a three-hour psychological health promotion workshop; 3) a community health self-empowering no-salt, low-fat vegetable cook-off; and 4) a three-month monetary support stipend for buying vegetables and healthy cooking ingredients. Children ages 9 and older will serve as judges in the cook-off. There are two goals of this program. The first is to provide pre-hypertensive/hypertensive, overweight/obese African-American women and their families with the knowledge, skills and support to consume more healthy foods. The second goal is to provide African-American churches with community-level strategies to improve the health status of this population of women and their families.
University of South Florida, Division of Sponsored Research
Amount: $100,000
Duration: 1 Year
Area: State-wide
Program: Quality of Healthcare for Florida's Children and Adolescents: Focus on Obesity
Summary: This project creates a Chartbook that provides data on childhood obesity and its impact on children, families and the health care system in Florida. It focuses on disparities regarding childhood obesity negatively impacting poor and minority communities. The Chartbook will be available to policymakers and decision-makers across the state. Additionally, the program will highlight best practices around the state.

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Community Engagement Summaries

Health Council of East Central Florida
Amount: $20,000
Duration: 3 Months
Area: Orlando
Program: Formation of childhood obesity prevention coalition in East Central Florida
Summary: The Health Council of East Central Florida (HCECF) developed an obesity prevention coalition in the East Central Florida region (Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties). This coalition is based upon the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago's Children (CLOCC), a national best practice model focused on addressing childhood obesity in the Orlando area. The HCECF produced a formal business plan focused on addressing childhood obesity in the Orlando area.
Health Council of East Central Florida
Amount: $66,000
Duration: 1 Year
Area: Orlando
Program: Coordination of local efforts to address the causes of obesity of children and their families
Summary: The HCECF coordinates local efforts to address the causes of obesity among children and their families, and expand and enhance current local efforts to address obesity prevention in East Central Florida. Initial efforts will address early childhood education and child care centers in increasing nutrition and physical activity levels.
Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida
Amount: $46,526
Duration: 9 Months
Area: Jacksonville
Program: Coordination of local efforts to address the causes of obesity of children and their families
Summary: The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida (HPCNEF) continued the efforts of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition through the Department of Health. The HPCNEF coordinated local efforts to address the causes of obesity among children and their families, and expand and enhance current local efforts to address obesity prevention in Jacksonville, Fla. Community meetings, asset mapping and resource development plans were completed.
Duval County Health Department and the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
Amount: $77,050
Duration: 1 Year
Area: Jacksonville
Program: Coordination of local efforts to address the causes of obesity of children, oversee local community grants and implement social marketing program.
Summary: Duval County Health Department (DCHD) and Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Coalition facilitate dialogue and partnerships to advance local progress regarding childhood obesity. DCHD also oversees the grant making process and management of community mini grants in Jacksonville.
War on Poverty
Amount: $80,000
Duration: 9 Months
Area: Opa-Locka, Miami-Dade County
Program: Coordination of local efforts to address the causes of obesity among children and their families
Summary: The War on Poverty enhances local efforts to address childhood obesity through the development of a coalition focused on addressing the causes of obesity among children and their families in Opa-Locka. Overall efforts include nutrition education, expansion of access to fresh food, and asset mapping and development.

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