Aetna Foundation Backs New LISC Initiatives Tackling Childhood Obesity in Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Posted Sep 12 2012 4:41pm
– New Programs Mark LISC’s Stepped Up Support for Healthy Living Initiatives to Help Strengthen Distressed Neighborhoods –
With a $120,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is broadening its work revitalizing troubled city neighborhoods with community programs that promote healthy living and fight childhood obesity.
LISC is expanding programs in Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., in collaboration with local community-based organizations, to improve low-income families’ access to healthy food, promote better nutrition and encourage physical activity to help them lead healthier lives. The programs will work with local schools to reach children at higher risk of obesity and obesity-related diseases.
“Childhood is a critical period for developing a predisposition to lifelong obesity,” said Sharon Dalton, vice president of the Aetna Foundation and director of its regional grant making. “Data show that upwards of three-quarters of obese children become obese adults. Obesity’s impact on overall health can be devastating. By reaching out to at-risk children, especially at an early age, LISC’s new efforts have great potential to help children in these three cities enjoy good health throughout their lives.”
The healthy living and obesity prevention programs are part of LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities strategy to help distressed neighborhoods become good places to live, work, do business and raise families. Since 1980, LISC has invested $12 billion in affordable housing, economic development, health and safety, education and jobs for low-income families.
With the Aetna Foundation funding, LISC will offer programs that respond to specific local needs and build on health and wellness resources already in place.