Healthy for Life Grant



American Heart Association - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Healthy for Life® grant
Application for Award 
2018-2019

Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2019 (applicants must be located in the SE Wisconsin region) 

Grant amount: Up to $2,250

Funding for this Milwaukee-area Healthy for Life Grant is generously provided by Aramark

Did you know?  

According to the Milwaukee Health Report 2013, Milwaukeeans living in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods report the following: 64% have no access to healthy foods, 70% report inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption, 29% are overweight and 43% of adults are obese.

The American Heart Association understands that every neighborhood should have access to a place where people can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy, and whole grains. Many Milwaukee residents live in areas considered a food desert, where it is difficult to buy fresh food. An important goal of the Wisconsin Healthy Food Access Initiative is to bring healthy food options into these food deserts in order to improve the health of residents of Milwaukee.  

In a recent survey conducted by the Milwaukee Health Department, 39.9% of Milwaukeeans selected "access to affordable and healthy food" as the biggest barrier impacting their health. When healthy food is readily available, children and adults develop better eating habits and better overall health, including a decreased risk of obesity. Healthy food financing programs help create jobs for people living in the neighborhood, create markets for farmers and have the potential to lower health care costs. Over half of Milwaukeeans living in food deserts are overweight or obese.  

The American Heart Association is committed to facilitating a dramatic change in the way Americans eat and think about food. To accomplish this change, the American Heart Association has created Teaching Gardens to educate community members of the importance of fruits and vegetables, to energize and excite them about produce, and to introduce fresh produce into the diets of students and their families.  Participating in the Teaching Gardens program gives access to a variety of resources and support to help achieve these goals.
  

Overview

The American Heart Association understands that every neighborhood should have access to a place where people can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy, and whole grains. Many Milwaukee residents live in areas considered a food desert, where it is difficult to buy fresh food. An important goal of the Wisconsin Healthy Food Access Initiative is to bring healthy food options into these food deserts in order to improve the health of residents of Milwaukee. 

In a recent survey conducted by the Milwaukee Health Department, 39.9% of Milwaukeeans selected "access to affordable and healthy food" as the biggest barrier impacting their health. When healthy food is readily available, children and adults develop better eating habits and better overall health, including a decreased risk of obesity. Healthy food financing programs help create jobs for people living in the neighborhood, create markets for farmers and have the potential to lower health care costs. Over half of Milwaukeeans living in food deserts are overweight or obese. The American Heart Association is committed to facilitate a dramatic change in the way Americans eat and think about food. To accomplish this change, the American Heart Association has partnered with Aramark to bring to you the Healthy for Life campaign.

Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 is  evidence-based community nutrition and wellbeing program that empowers people to make healthy food, nutrition and lifestyle choices. It aims to change food and health attitudes and behaviors, equipping individuals with new skills for healthy living. The program incorporates interactive components such as healthy cooking demonstrations, shopping skills presentations and nutrition, and heart health workshops.

The Healthy for Life® Educational Experiences guide organizations interested in teaching people in their community how to make these healthy food, nutrition and lifestyle choices. Ultimately our goal is to help individuals and families learn how healthy food can help them accomplish their goals and reach their potential every day. As a facilitator, the resources will help you:

  • Prepare and promote the program
  • Deliver the educational experiences
  • Share your successes

 

No Experience Necessary

The Educational Experiences provide all necessary talking points and resources for facilitators, so a health background is not required. All individuals and organizations are encouraged to register, regardless of experience.

One Stop Facilitator Hub

The Facilitator Hub hosts all the information you need including an orientation, welcome toolkit and online community to get started. Detailed lesson plans, recipes and videos are also provided, free to those who register.

Requirements

The American Heart Association requires that information is provided for the primary contact for the site, percentage of population served, and ideal timeline for implementation.

Implementation Requirements

The Health for Life programming requires that there are at least 25 participants per session and/or a cumulative average of 25 participants for all sessions. Sites must implement a minimum of 4 weekly sessions from 4 different modules. So, ideally a module per week with a month to a  two-month time span (a module bi-weekly)

Reporting

At the end of programming, the American Heart Association will provide a debrief questionnaire and will require that partner sites that are enrolled in that campaign will further provide photos, attendance sheet, location and where sessions were held (if not on organization grounds).

How to Apply

Register now to access our FREE Healthy for Life® Educational Experiences including lesson plans, videos and recipes.

Please complete the Application for Healthy for Life Campaign Grant section of the document and be sure to provide all information requested. Incomplete applications will not be processed. If you have specific questions, you may contact the following person for assistance:

Oby Nwabuzor
Director, Community Impact
Health Equity & Multicultural Health
(262) 509 - 0209
oby.nwabuzor@heart.org

 

 

Disclaimer: The Healthy for Life® Educational Experiences were created by Aramark and the American Heart Association as part of our Healthy for Life® 20 by 20 Initiative. We are proud to be working together to help improve the health of all Americans. Healthy For Life® is a registered trademark of Aramark.