The following grantee programs and projects were generously funded by the Florida Blue Foundation as part of their Embrace a Healthy Florida initiative, which offers resources and financial support to organizations working to help reduce and prevent childhood obesity.

2013 - 2014 Embrace a Healthy Florida Grant Recipients

Clara White Mission, Inc.

White Harvest Farms Initiative
The White Farms Initiative will increase access to healthy, affordable foods by developing an urban farm that will grow and sell produce on-site.

Florida Organic Growers

Fresh Access Bucks
The Fresh Access Bucks program will increase access to healthy food by enabling farmers markets to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) Benefits, while incentive funds allow SNAP users to purchase double their food dollars for Florida grown fruits and vegetables.

I’m a Star Foundation

Project 3T: Teens Teaching Teens
Eight I’m a Star Students students will become healthy living peer trainers. These students will be responsible for training 50 healthy youth ambassadors to promote healthy activity.

I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc.

Sulzbacher Center Children’s Fitness and Nutrition Program
The Sulzbacher Center Children’s Fitness and Nutrition Program will serve at least 215 homeless youth residing at the shelter.

Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

Step Out In Nature
The Step Out in Nature program will increase opportunities for physical activity by hosting a competition between Arlington-area public elementary schools.

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, Inc.

Tennis Moves
Free introductory tennis lessons and clinics increased the amount of physical activity children received.

Metro North Community Development Corp.

Better Health = Better Brentwood
Better Health = Better Brentwood connects Northside residents with access to fresh food and community exercise programs.

North Florida School of Special Education

Fit-4-Fun
The Fit-4-Fun program expanded opportunities for at least 100 youth with developmental disabilities to engage in after-school and weekend recreational activities.

Teen Leaders of America

Let’s Move! New Town!
Teen Leaders of America will conduct a map of play research in Health Zone 1.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Tipping the Scale Mentoring Program
The program will provide nutrition and wellness education to teens from the Bridge of Northeast Florida.

2012 - 2013 Embrace a Healthy Florida Grant Recipients

Achieve Instill Inspire Foundation, Inc.

Healthy Corner Store
Students will work with identified local corner stores to increase access to healthy foods.

APEL Health Services Center, Inc.

YouthLink Healthy Kids Outreach
Teen Peer Health Educators will be trained in nutrition and physical fitness in order to educate and demonstrate healthy lifestyles for youth on-site, at summer camps and youth ministries and in community centers.

Biltmore Elementary 4H Club

Biltmore Junior Master Gardener Program
The Biltmore Junior Master Gardener Program will teach at least 350 students from low socioeconomic backgrounds how to build and maintain urban and wooden box gardens.

Broach Schools of Jacksonville: Westside Campus

The Greenhouse Classroom – 2000 pound initiative
The Greenhouse Project will harvest at least 1,000 pounds of produce from the school garden to share with students and donate to the school community.

City of Jacksonville, Department of Recreation and Community Service

JaxParks – Summer Night Lights (SNL)
JaxParks SNL will implement an eight-week summer program designed to change eating habits through nutrition education, affordable food options, healthy food demonstrations and increased physical activity.

Clara White Mission, Inc.

White Harvest Farms Initiative
The White Farms Initiative will increase access to healthy, affordable foods by developing an urban farm that will grow and sell produce on-site.

Community Connections of Jacksonville

Anti-Obesity Program for Homeless and At-Risk Children
This program will serve 60 homeless youth and their parents, and work with at least 300 children and their caregivers to increase knowledge on healthy nutrition.

Empowerment Resources, Inc.

Journey Into Womanhood: Peer Nutrition Education – Part 3
This program will increase nutrition and physical fitness knowledge by 10 percent in 40 youth by engaging the expertise of partners such as the Duval County Extension Service and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast.

Episcopal Children’s Services

Westside Early Head Start Community Garden
Westside Early Head Start Community Garden will engage 48 children, as well as staff and parents, in planting, cultivating and harvesting fresh foods.

Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida

Phase II: Safe Routes to School: Plan, Educate and Implement
Building on the experience, lessons learned and best practices developed at the Landon Safe Routes to School (SRTS) pilot project, The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida will expand its initiative to additional schools.

I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc.

Sulzbacher Center Children’s Fitness and Nutrition Program
The Sulzbacher Center Children’s Fitness and Nutrition Program will serve at least 215 homeless youth residing at the shelter.

Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

Step Out In Nature
The Step Out in Nature program will increase opportunities for physical activity by hosting a competition between Arlington-area public elementary schools.

Lutheran Social Services / Second Harvest North Florida

Second Harvest Community Food Gardens Program
The program will obtain a parcel of land in a newly developing HabiJax neighborhood suitable to create 20 raised beds. Resident families will be recruited to develop and cultivate the beds.

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, Inc.

Keep Moving Through Tennis
Keep Moving Through Tennis will partner with the John E. Ford K-8 School to offer tennis clinics and lunchtime free play to at least 300 students.

North Florida School of Special Education

Fit-4-Fun
Fit-4-Fun will engage 135 children with mild disabilities in a variety of ongoing physical activities tailored to their interests and abilities.

Shannon Miller Foundation

The Shannon Miller Foundation Running Club
A 12-week Running Club program will be expanded to 7,000 students in Jacksonville, designed to help children age 14 and under become more active, fit and instill a love of physical activity.

Sustainable Springfield

Growing Kids Program
Growing Kids Program will increase healthy eating in youth ages 11-18 by teaching them how to grow food in their own garden plots, and how to cook that food in a healthful way.

St. Vincent’s HealthCare

Way to Go Families: Fitness and Wellness for the Family
Way to Go Families will engage students and their families in group activities that develop awareness of key fitness and wellness behaviors.

The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Inc.

The Bridge Community Garden Program
This project will increase access and consumption of healthy food for 40 students through education and hands-on activities in gardening, canning and nutrition education, offered in conjunction with War on Poverty.

University of North Florida, Brooks College of Health, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Pass It Forward Project
The project will increase child care providers’ knowledge and implementation of healthy nutrition and physical activities practices.

2011 - 2012 Embrace a Healthy Florida Grant Recipients

City of Jacksonville, Department of Recreation and Community Service

JaxParks Summer Night Lights SNAP-Ed
JaxParks Summer Night Lights SNAP-Ed program provided nutrition education in collaboration with the Duval County Extension Office to youth within eight high-crime communities for eight weeks during the Summer Night Lights Program.

Community Connections of Jacksonville, Inc.

InStep Fitness – Nutrition Modification & Education for Homeless Youth
The program offered at-risk youth living in shelters, a multi-faceted curriculum that presented a wide variety of health, nutrition and physical activities.

Empowerment Resources, Inc.

Journey into Womanhood: Peer Nutrition Education – Part 2
The Each One Teach One Peer Nutrition Education Program participants launched a childhood obesity awareness campaign using social networking and distributing herb and vegetable plants at community events.

Episcopal Children’s Services

Northside Children’s Community Garden
Episcopal Children Services (ECS), in collaboration with the Charles Junction Preservation Society, built a community garden at the ECS Early Childhood Head Start.

Fresh Ministries

I-CAN (Improving Children’s Activity and Nutrition)
The I-CAN (Improving Children’s Activity and Nutrition) pilot program was developed to teach kids about healthy lifestyles that improve nutritional choices, increase physical activity and increase self-esteem.

Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville, Inc.

Girls Inc. Approach to Childhood Obesity Prevention
Program participants served as peer educators and developed a media campaign focused on the importance of good nutrition and physical activity.

Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida

Girls on the Run Scholarship Program
A 12-week program provided girls with lessons, certified coaches, curriculum materials, t-shirts, water bottles, a 5K race and sneakers for those in need.

Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida

Safe Routes to School: Plan, Educate and Implement
A coalition from Julia Landon College Preparatory improved pedestrian and bicycles routes within a one- or two-mile radius from the school.

Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

Trails for Health
The Trails for Health increased opportunities for physical activity with more than two miles of hiking trails within the natural preserve, along with integrated health strategies on trail maps, the website and a kiosk.

Jacksonville Kids Coalition

Policy Development and Community Advocacy Training
The Jacksonville Kids Coalition coordinated a public policy and advocacy training for youth and facilitated meetings with elected officials and policy makers.

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, Inc.

Get Moving Through Tennis
Free introductory tennis lessons and clinics increased the amount of physical activity children received.

North Florida School of Special Education

Fit-4-Fun  
The Fit-4-Fun program expanded opportunities for at least 100 youth with developmental disabilities to engage in after-school and weekend recreational activities.

Shannon Miller Foundation

The Shannon Miller Foundation Running Club
The Shannon Miller Foundation Running Club offered a 12-week running program, culminating with a free children’s fun run at the Jacksonville Landing.

Sustainable Springfield, Inc.

Garden Stewardship Program and the Growing Healthy Families 5K
Youth, ages 13-17 from the urban core, learned the fundamentals of gardening, healthy eating and how to run a small farmers market. The Growing Healthy Families 5K taught young adults ages 10-15 how to train safely for a 5K.

St. Vincent’s HealthCare

St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry “Way to Go Kids” Program
The Mobile Health Outreach Ministry’s Way to Go Kids (WTGK) pediatric nutrition and fitness program targeted students in schools in primarily lower socioeconomic areas of Duval County.

The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Inc.

The Bridge Community Garden Program: Enhancement and Expansion Project
The Bridge Community Garden program was expanded to implement a fitness component complementing the garden initiative.

University of North Florida

Needs Assessment for Health Professional Education and Training on Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment
The University of North Florida, in conjunction with Nemours Children’s Clinic, used a validated survey to assess education and training needs of Florida health professionals related to childhood obesity prevention and treatment.

War on Poverty

Building a Better North Florida through School and Community Gardens
Slow Food First Coast provided technical skills necessary to enhance and expand the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition’s school and community garden initiatives.

2010 - 2011 Embrace a Healthy Florida Grant Recipients

APEL Health Services

YouthLink Healthy Kids Outreach  
Teen Peer Health Educators, trained in nutrition and physical fitness, educated 120 young people living in low-income areas about the importance of healthy lifestyles.

Cathedral Arts Project

Get Up and Dance
A successful after-school dance program for 500 underserved youth that included physical activity as well as lessons in healthy eating and proper nutrition.

Community Connections of Jacksonville, Inc.

InStep Fitness – Nutrition Modification & Education for Homeless Youth
An anti-obesity program with two, 10-week health and fitness sessions for 60 youth and 30 parents.

Duval County Health Department (DCHD)/Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention

Healthy Food Demonstrations and Behavior Changes
DCHD conducted cooking demonstrations, food tastings and family exercise classes with clients in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Empowerment Resources, Inc.

Journey into Womanhood: Peer Nutrition Education – Part 1
A 12-month peer nutrition education program called Each One Teach One raised awareness among youth of the negative impacts of childhood obesity.

Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida

Girls on the Run Scholarship Program
A 12-week program provided 90 girls with lessons, certified coaches, curriculum materials, t-shirts, water bottles, a 5K race and sneakers for those in need.

Jacksonville Kids Coalition

Policy Development and Community Advocacy Training
The Jacksonville Kids Coalition assisted the Healthy Kids, Healthy Jacksonville: Call to Action to Reduce Childhood Obesity by coordinating public policy efforts.

Junior League of Jacksonville

CARES Snacktivities
At the Annie R. Morgan Elementary School, students were provided a healthy snack and informative instruction on how to create the snack themselves.

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation, Inc.

Get Moving Through Tennis
Free introductory tennis lessons and clinics increased the amount of physical activity children received.

Northeast Florida AHEC, Inc.

Improving Pediatric Primary Care Provider Skills in the Treatment of Childhood Obesity
Pediatric primary care providers received education and skill-building continuing education training in the treatment of childhood obesity.

Operation New Hope

Eastside Community Garden’s Healthy Lifestyles Program
Participating children and adults received nutrition education classes, monthly fitness and cooking demonstrations, gardening training and field trips to farmers markets and grocery stores.

Partnership for Child Health

Northeast Florida Breastfeeding Collaborative – Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
All area hospitals with maternity services were engaged in an endeavor to establish Northeast Florida as the first and only Baby-Friendly Community in the country.

San Marco Preservation Society

Smart Growth Neighborhood Plan and Guidelines for San Marco
The San Marco Preservation Society developed a community-driven neighborhood land-use plan with regulatory guidelines based on smart growth principles.

St. Vincent’s HealthCare

St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach Ministry “Way to Go Kids” Program
The Mobile Health Outreach Ministry’s Way to Go Kids (WTGK) pediatric nutrition and fitness program, targeting students in low-income areas, was continued and expanded.

The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Inc.

The Bridge Community Garden and Farmers Market Expansion Project
The Bridge Community Garden enabled youth to plan and implement an expanded winter garden and launch a farmers market in Springfield.

University of North Florida (UNF)

An Evidence-Based Transdisciplinary Approach to Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Treatment
UNF students were provided an increased opportunity to learn, research and collaborate with area agencies that focused on childhood obesity.

YMCA of Florida’s First Coast

Healthy Tigers
Healthy Tigers, a school-based project, included policy and program interventions to promote the health of elementary school students.