Moscow and Lapwai hoping for votes to win community grant | Community Spirit
Moscow and Lapwai are both finalists for grants that would fund programs geared at reducing the rate of childhood obesity in the cities. The High Five Children's Health Collaborative will give out grants to three winning cities that are between $50,000 and $300,000 over the course of three years.
The High Five Children's Health Collaborative is funded by the Blue Cross of Idaho and focuses on programs to lower the rate of childhood obesity throughout Idaho. One in three children in the state are currently obese. Communities that applied for one of the grants had to present an action plan that addressed the following in their community:
- Improving access to health and affordable foods
- Increasing physical activity opportunities
- Helping parents make healthy family choices
- Creating healthy school and child care facilities
- Promoting public policy that increases access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity
Moscow would like to incorporate it's farmer's market into healthy programs for kids through a fruit and veggie passport and a travel passport that would reward kids for walking or riding their bike to places like the farmer's market or library. Lapwai would focus on making improvements to their parks, bike and walking paths, and playgrounds to encourage activity.
The grant applications are being reviewed by a panel, but the greater Idaho community's vote will count for 25 percent of the final score. That portion will be determined partially by the number of parents from each community that sign up for a new High Five program called Daily Do, which sends out healthy lifestyle tips daily.
The other portion is decided by how many votes each city gets. Each finalist made a video explaining why they would like the grant and how they intend to use it to improve the health of their community. Voters can visit High Five's Facebook page to cast their choice. In order to level out the playing field, votes will be counted in relation to the size of the community.