Local partnership gets grant to combat childhood obesity


First Posted: 9/15/2009

LUMBERTON The Robeson County Partnership for Children Inc. has been awarded one of 10 POD grants funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to fight obesity in children.
Jessica Lowery Collins, executive director of the local partnership, said $359,000 will be spread among 10 counties, with amounts depending on needs.
POD stands for Preventing Obesity by Design II and is a partnership between the Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design at N.C. State University and the N.C. Partnership for Children.
The long term goal is to reverse the trend toward childhood obesity by improving outdoor environments at childcare centers and providing teacher education to support children physical activity and healthy eating.
Robeson County Partnership for Children Inc. and Child Care Directions have partnered with Noahs Ark Learning Child Care Facility in Maxton to implement a natural play area where children can grow food and play.
Presenters from N.C. State and NC Partnership for Children spent a day at Noahs Ark during a July forum, explaining the physical benefits of outdoor play and the health benefits of natural learning environments.
Recently, a local team traveled to N.C. State to attend a two-day workshop to learn more about natural play environments.
If you are interested in providing community support, financial support, or in-kind support, please call Amy Cox of the Robeson County Partnership for Children Inc. at 738-6767, Ext. 229.

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