Grant Boosts Head Start Wellness Offerings

posted 2/17/17 -- Lorain County Community Action Agency will promote health and wellness in Head Start classrooms thanks to a new grant of $15,200.

The grant from the Black River Education and Wellness Foundation (formerly known as the Elyria Memorial Hospital Foundation) will reach 526 children aged birth to five years across Lorain County. The funding will pay for newly required curriculum on parent engagement and related hands on activities designed to encourage healthy eating habits.

"It will also help defray the higher cost of certain food items such as fresh produce, herbs and spices and allow teachers to have food items to educate and engage children," said Rebecca Rodriguez, Health and Nutrition Manager. "Children and parents will be able to handle, slice and taste individual ingredients on a much greater scale."

LCCAA will host quarterly nutrition workshops and invite parents to "Taste Test Tuesdays" to try new foods or recipes with their children. Parent groups will also be able to conduct active family living activities such as classes or walks.

The grant also includes some funding for parent incentives to be given at workshops such as Crock Pots, measuring tools and grocery gift cards.

A Wild About Health and Nutrition kick-off event is planned on March 21 at Hopkins-Locke Head Start in Lorain and March 30 at Hamilton Head Start in Elyria. Community organizations interested in participating should contact Rodriguez at 440-242-2178.