Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services Dept. receives $25,000 healthy out-of-school time grant
To support access to healthy food and increase physical activity
Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department received a $25,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to support children’s health through parks and recreation programs outside of school time. The award is part of a $1.5 million grant NRPA received from Walmart Foundation to support such programs in parks and recreation agencies across the country.
The purpose of the grant will focus on three key areas:
- Increase the number of healthy meals children K through 12 receive through an afterschool or summer food program
- Provide nutrition literacy about fruits and vegetables to children and families
- Implement healthy living practices and physical activity that support a healthy environment
This grant supports NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign, which encourages usage of Healthy Eating, Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in parks and recreation sites. NRPA’s goal is to have at least 2,000 participating sites in five years. In the first four years of Commit to Health, 1,650 sites have pledged their support and nearly 300,000 now have improved access to healthy foods and more opportunities for physical activity.
“The City of Kent has always been and will continue to be an essential community partner in combating the challenges of poor nutrition, hunger, obesity and physical inactivity that are affecting our children today,” said Julie Parascondola, director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services for the City of Kent. “This grant will help us enhance our current programming and outreach to youth and teens throughout our community.”
Part of the grant will be used to purchase a Smoothie/Art bike where participants can pedal their way to a healthy smoothie or a unique piece of art. The bike will be moved around the City to different events and programs throughout the summer, so kids and teens can experiment with the cool things it can do, while making healthy eating and physical activity creative and fun.
About Kent, Washington
Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 128,000. A culturally-rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks, exceptional school districts and nationally-accredited police and fire departments. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit KentWA.gov.
About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit NRPA.org.