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March 26, 2023

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Grants aimed at three obesity-fighting efforts

The Columbian

Children and the poor are the targets of three $500 grants made by UnitedHealth HEROES to fight pediatric obesity. The nonprofit agency made a total of $9,500 in grants to groups in Washington.

In Clark County, the grants will help food bank clients and the poor learn about better food choices, develop exercise clubs and other healthy options, and create a healthy lifestyle handbook.

The Washington State University Foundation will use one $500 grant for an “At Home At School Good Eats” project targeting a group of 50 elementary students who are homeless, living in transitional housing or facing other barriers to learning. It will investigate healthy food choices. A second grant to the same foundation is for “AHAS MOVES!” which is aimed at involving hundreds of students of all ages in healthy exercise via walking clubs and other outings.

And Smart Start Early Learning Service received $500 to help youth volunteers create and publish a healthy lifestyle handbook. When the project is finished, the goal is to have over two hundred copies to hand out at community libraries.

UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 500 health company, collaborated with Youth Service America to develop the UnitedHealth HEROES program, now in its third year. Learn more at