The Michigan Fitness Foundation and Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance have received an AmeriCorps Planning Grant to address local health, physical activities, and food access. Initial planning grant surveys and preparation will focus on underserved low‐income areas with high obesity rates in six Michigan counties.
Michigan Fitness Foundation, Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance, and their multiple, multilevel partners recognize that to impact obesity prevention through healthy eating patterns and physical activity for our target audiences, programming must include direct education, policy, systems, and environmental change and social marketing interventions delivered primarily in the following settings: farmers markets, schools, communities, worksites, retail and other points of food access and/or health care locations serving underserved populations, and communities in crisis. There is compelling evidence from research that shows the use of trails increases the levels of physical activity in a community. Michigan’s statewide trail system is a valuable resource and offers ample infrastructure for no-cost physical activity within a range of up to 10 minutes away from thousands of residents across the state.
The planning grant scope of work will include selection of at‐risk populations in Michigan to improve their adoption of the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the CDC Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to improve overall health.
AmeriCorps is a civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.