Five years ago, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky gave the Clinton County schools the first installment of a $400,000 grant to help improve the county’s health status, with emphasis on children. Now, in the last year of the grant, foundation and school officials say it has helped children achieve a healthier weight and reduced the county’s overall obesity rate.
“The obesity rate in Clinton County has improved so much that we no longer qualify for a CDC grant we had been receiving for the past three years, and using collaboratively with the Healthy Hometown Coalition,” Dr. Paula Little, assistant superintendent of schools, chair of the coalition and a director of the foundation said in a foundation press release.
Albany Mayor Nicky Smith, vice-chair of the Clinton County coalition, said “We have seen positive changes in community activity and awareness of health issues. I feel that our children have benefited from improvements in healthy eating and physical activity that they will carry with them throughout their lives.”
The coalition has spent grant money on “walking paths, playgrounds and other spaces to provide more places where children can be physically active,” said the press release, which has a complete list of grant activities. “The coalition has increased physical education and added programs in the schools to increase classroom movement, expanded nutrition programs, and supported policy changes to ensure increased physical activity and better nutrition for area students.”